BMI Founders Internship for Radio Broadcasting

for students of broadcast radio


Established in 2015, the BMI Founders Award is an annual internship program open to radio broadcasting students nationwide. The award commemorates the group of radio industry leaders who founded Broadcast Music, Inc. in 1939 with an unprecedented and enduring mission: to provide a competitive source for music licensing and an open-door policy to songwriters, composers, and publishers of all genres of music. A 4-6 week paid internship with a major US broadcasting corporation is awarded for the best original essay response submitted to the competition and recognizes a student with the potential to become an innovator in the rapidly changing field of broadcast radio. This year’s program is in partnership with Beasley Media Group and Hubbard Radio.

Internship opportunities are currently available in fifteen media markets. Applicants do not have to live in these markets in order to apply. Once selected, the winner will choose one of the following cities for their internship:

  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, DC
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Boston, MA
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • New Jersey
  • Fayetteville, NC
  • Augusta, GA
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Wilmington, DE

Eligibility requirements

In order to be eligible for the competition, all applicants must fufill the following requirements:

  • Currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students who are enrolled part-time and those who have been accepted for future enrollment are NOT eligible.
  • Broadcasting degree candidates with an academic focus in radio broadcasting. Applicable majors include, but are not limited to: Broadcast and Emerging Media, Broadcast Communications, Broadcast Journalism, Broadcasting, Broadcasting and Mass Communications, Electronic Media and Broadcasting, and Radio and Television Broadcast Technology.
  • Between the ages of 17 and 24, as of the submission deadline.
  • Former winners (other than Honorable Mention) of the BMI Founders Award for Radio Broadcasting are not eligible to enter the competition.

Applications for the BMI Founders Internship for Radio Broadcasting have now closed. Enter your information below to join the waitlist*, and we will contact you with the dates and details of next year’s program upon opening the application cycle.

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