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Uncuffed is hiring a Communications Intern (Bay Area, half-time)

 A dozen Uncuffed staff, alumni, and advisory board members in black sweatshirts with the Uncuffed logo
The Uncuffed team gearing up for our trip to Norway for the Prison Radio International Conference in 2022.

Join our prison radio training program Uncuffed!

Develop skills in writing, social media, press relations, and visual design.

Open to formerly incarcerated adults.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. Please join our email list at www.weareuncuffed.org to hear about opportunities in the future!

KALW is offering a paid communications internship with Uncuffed, our award-winning prison radio training program and podcast.

This is a four-month, half-time, internship, beginning in August. A successful internship may lead to continued employment with Uncuffed.


  • Create engaging social media content
  • Write our email newsletter
  • Publicize Uncuffed Season 3
  • Create content for fundraising campaigns
  • Contribute to the Uncuffed website

Intern will receive

  • $30 / hour for 20 hrs / week
  • Monthly transportation stipends ($80 / month)
  • Technology reimbursements
  • Guidance, mentoring, and continued on-the-job training from experienced media professionals
  • Consultations with an education and career counselor
  • Monthly training in job readiness, personal and professional development, communication and conflict resolution, with a cohort of arts interns across the Bay Area.

Basic Eligibility

  • Ages 18+ 
  • Reside in the Bay Area
  • Formerly incarcerated, released within the past seven years
  • Able to commit to four month internship period
  • Documented proof of COVID-19 vaccination
  • Interest in the arts and media


  • Can write clear, grammatical sentences
  • Comfortable using a computer and learning new programs
  • Interested in communications, marketing, social media, and visual design
  • Has reliable internet and a workspace at home, or can commute to KALW
  • Enthusiastic about the mission of Uncuffed

This internship is offered in partnership with the Designing Creative Futures program from California Lawyers for the Arts.

Multiple internships are available through Designing Creative Futures. You may be offered a placement in another internship. Please indicate if you'd like to be placed with Uncuffed.

Note that most DCF internships are $20 per hour, but we are able to offer $30 per hour for interning with Uncuffed.

Apply here by Saturday, July 15.

About Uncuffed

Uncuffed, a program of KALW Public Media, offers media training to people in the carceral system in order for them to develop job skills, express their humanity, and inspire change.

KALW, an NPR member station, has led rehabilitative classes in audio production inside San Quentin State Prison since 2012, and Solano State Prison since 2018. We have aired over 80 stories produced inside the walls. The work goes out on the radio, online, and on the award-winning podcast Uncuffed.

In the coming year, we are expanding opportunities for formerly incarcerated staff members, and plan to start a radio and podcasting program at California Institution for Women. It's an exciting time to get involved to shape the future of Uncuffed.

About Designing Creative Futures

Designing Creative Futures, from California Lawyers for the Arts, is a paid job training internship program for formerly incarcerated individuals who wish to pursue careers in the arts.

This four month program offers the unique opportunity for returning residents to work closely with arts organizations through paid, part-time internships. Participants learn a variety of skills associated with careers in the arts and gain mentorship from people who are leaders in their respective fields.

Participants are placed with collaborating organizations based on the participants’ interests and the organizations’ needs. Throughout the internship period, participants receive consultations with an education and career counselor as well as social services support.
Apply here by Saturday, July 15.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, or if you want to recommend someone else for this position, please email uncuffed@kalw.org.

KALW is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. KALW does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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