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Employment with Ozarks Public Television at Missouri State University

How Do I Find Out About Job Opportunities?

Applicants interested in staff positions at Missouri State can learn of openings:

  • by calling (417)836-4683, the 24-hour job vacancy hotline, which is updated by 5:00 PM each Friday.
  • by checking the vacancy announcement posted on the bulletin board outside of the Office of Human Resources,
    Carrington Hall, Room 118.
  • or by accessing the Office of Human Resources vacancy announcement on the web site

How Do I Apply?

The vacancy announcement lists the positions available at You will need to apply for positions by creating an account and completing an online application form. Once an online application form is submitted you will receive a confirmation number and your application information is saved. In addition to the application form, you will be asked to complete an online voluntary Affirmative Action/ Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) form.

Each position that is posted specifies the application materials needed to apply (i.e. resume, cover letter, etc). Optional information, such as letters of reference or certificates, may be included if the posting requests those items to be attached.

It is your responsibility to monitor the online vacancy announcements at and apply by the posted closing date to be considered for a specific position.

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Ozarks Public Broadcasting – Paid Internship Opportunities

 Real Work Experience – Coaching, Mentoring and Networking Opportunities – Great Office Environment 

Ozarks Public Broadcasting, comprised of KSMU Radio and Ozarks Public Television, is looking for interns who are interested in learning more about the public media industry and how we impact lives every day.  Our interns have the opportunity to learn and develop their skill set in real life scenarios at our offices, in our studios and in the field:

News Interns:  In today’s media environment, journalists must be capable of creating content while working independently.  KSMU Radio journalism interns attend press conferences, interview newsmakers, gather news materials, write copy for air and web, select and create visuals to accompany web content, work with a professional editor, voice original stories, learn specialized reporting techniques, and develop in the art of storytelling.

Marketing/Development and Education Interns:  While communication and other soft skills are among the most important workplace assets, college degree programs are often not designed to allow students to learn and practice these skills.  Ozarks Public Broadcasting’s marketing/development interns learn how to design and implement campaigns ranging from public awareness to membership to community engagement to fundraising.  They hone creative and persuasive writing skills, participate in special events, develop sales and negotiating skills, analyze trends, work with databases, problem-solve, and build customer service skills.  OPB education interns focus on developing and implementing age-appropriate youth learning activities and special events; guide outreach efforts to parents, educators and caregivers regarding PBS educational content and at-home learning resources, and identify ways to connect with pre-teen and teen audiences.

Production and Programming Interns:  Today’s media creators are expected to do it all: photography, writing, videography, graphic design, and web development.  Ozarks Public Television interns learn an array of media tools and strategies needed for the professional world of visual storytelling.  From the aesthetics and production techniques used in film and video to basic acoustics and audio electronics needed for recording and mixing sound to the format, structure, and principles of character-based storytelling, we provide students with the insight into how television programs and films are made, from pre-production through distribution.

About Ozarks Public Broadcasting

Ozarks Public Television (OPT) is the region’s PBS affiliate, and includes full-power stations in Springfield (KOZK) and Joplin (KOZJ).  OPT was created by the community – born out of a grassroots effort to provide a home in the Ozarks for television programming that informs, entertains, and inspires.

OPT offers four 24/7 programming services – OPT HD, our signature service comprised of national and local public television programming; OPT PBS KIDS, a children’s programming service that provides a safe place for kids and families throughout the entire day; OPT CREATE, a lifestyle channel that offers programming focused on cooking, crafting, travel, and more; and OPT WORLD, which offers news, documentaries, and informational programming that helps audiences understand global conflicts, movements and cultures.

KSMU Radio, the region’s NPR affiliate, strives to bring the highest quality information and entertainment to listeners throughout the Ozarks.  Through a variety of programs, KSMU offers storytelling and entertainment that respects the listener’s time and intelligence.  With locally-produced music programs ranging from bluegrass to blues, KSMU provides something truly unique on the radio dial. And through local, regional, national, and international news, KSMU helps listeners stay informed on topics that affect their lives.      

Ozarks Public Television is jointly-licensed with KSMU Radio. Brought together in 2001, the stations formed Ozarks Public Broadcasting, licensed to and operated by Missouri State University. The work of Ozarks Public Broadcasting is deeply rooted in public service. Every effort we undertake is in service to – and made possible by – our community.

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