Undergraduate Producer Position with How To Read Podcast

Do you want to help communicate the ideas of the world's most brilliant thinkers beyond the ivory tower? Are you interested in using podcasts as a tool for learning?

If so, come and be involved with the podcast How To Read! It's run by two Columbia graduate students who are not just interested in literature but also history, philosophy, art history, architecture, anthropology, etc. - basically all of the arts and humanities.

The podcast is supported by Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. They've hosted many guests including Kwame Anthony Appiah, Stephen Greenblatt and Merve Emre, and explored topics such as dancing stars in Hindi cinema, the appeal of crystals through the ages, and what Toni Morrison can teach us about the dangers of reading arrogantly. You can find out more at howtoreadpodcast.com.

Undergraduate producers are an important part of the team, and they are now looking for one more. In the first semester the undergraduate producers attend one weekly meeting and listen to episodes in development, and in the second semester their main tasks would be:

  • advise on the topics and content of episodes from the perspective of an undergraduate
  • help edit audio of interviews (technical skills not required - we can teach you!)
  • create and post content on social media

The typical time commitment would be 1 hour per week in the first semester and 5 hours per week in the second semester. They can also work with the student to have their contribution to the podcast count as an assignment towards a class they are taking.

What's in it for you:

  • intellectual: help shape the topics and content of future episodes
  • communication: make your academic interests connect to the wider world
  • technical skills: learn professional audio recording and editing
  • web skills: managing website, podcast platforms, social media

Sounds good? Interested in applying?

Send an email to team@howtoreadpodcast.com - describe in a few sentences why you're interested. Then in 2-3 sentences choose one person you'd like to have on the podcast, and explain what topic you'd want to talk about with them. If you have any relevant previous experience please include that in your email as well.

Questions should be sent to team@howtoreadpodcast.com