Careers & Volunteers

KCRW 89.9FM, licensed to Santa Monica College, is National Public Radio's flagship station for Southern California. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit represents cutting edge radio at its best, presenting an eclectic mix of independent music, news, talk and arts programming.


As KCRW evolves from a beloved public radio station to a multi-platform media and culture organization, our concept of membership must evolve as well. Our members are our lifeblood, a passionate cohort of curious enthusiasts, and our future is connecting them to each other and to a rich ecosystem of cultural experiences. You are the cruise director of this cultural voyage. You have worked with top-tier member organizations. You understand the mechanics of member growth and maintenance. You have both the soft touch and the vision to lead the most interesting club of culture-enthusiasts and maintain an evolving slate of offerings that keeps them in front of the wave.

The Development Manager will serve as a vital member of KCRW’s dynamic Development Team. The Development Manager will be responsible for managing, supporting, and advancing KCRW’s Development program in Santa Barbara (and surrounding areas) which includes contributions from a range of individuals, private, corporate, and family foundations. This person will be responsible for overseeing individual relationship building and solicitations, prospect research, pipeline management, proposal preparation and submission, and coordinating with the Head of Development and Santa Barbara Advisory Board. In addition, the Santa Monica based Development team will support the Development Manager to ensure goals, deadlines, and financial objectives are accomplished. This role reports directly to the Head of Development.

Market Enginuity is seeking an experienced, determined, and persuasive sales professional to join our public media sales team at KCRW in Santa Monica, CA. This is an exceptional opportunity for a mission-minded and innovative person to join our team and generate sponsorship revenue for a station that is highly regarded in the marketplace. Secure Corporate Sponsorship for KCRW which includes on air messaging, live events, podcasts and other digital platforms. Make an impact while working with a team of smart, creative, collaborative colleagues.

Southern California NPR-affiliate KCRW is seeking a talented and experienced managing producer to take its daily, cultural affairs show, Press Play with Madeleine Brand, to the next level. Big ideas, great organization and creative vision wanted. The ideal candidate has 5-10 years experience in news-related programming, preferably in daily production in a large market. High journalistic standards, a strong interest in culture and the arts, and experience managing staff are all musts, as is proven agility and creativity on the digital front. The position demands an ability to collaborate across shows and platforms, work closely with the show host to maintain the creative vision, and meet a multitude of deadlines, from breaking news to long-term features.

KCRW is seeking a part time, fill-in anchor to join our award-winning news and on-air team in Santa Monica. This anchor will substitute for regular hosts when time off is scheduled and as operational needs arise. We are seeking a warm, natural and authoritative on-air presence to assist with the execution of live broadcasts across days, including weekends, middays, and AM/PM drive time. This is a great part-time role that is dependent on a flexible and adaptive on air talent, and an opportunity to get to know KCRW. The ideal candidate must have an engaging on-air style, excellent news judgement, a thirst for accurate, timely news coverage, strong technical skills, meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to write quickly and compellingly for audio. This position works closely with editors and producers. The Anchor must integrate network and KCRW content seamlessly, understanding Southern California and its important role in the national conversation.

KCRW is seeking fill-in, temp producers on All Things Considered and Morning Edition. This producer will substitute for our regular afternoon and morning producers when time off is scheduled and as operational needs arise. These positions are the backbone of a production team for local news coverage during NPR’s signature shows Morning Edition and All Things Considered. This is an excellent opportunity for you if you have some experience in breaking news, audio editing and on-air reporting, but want to take your newsroom skills to the next level, and have a flexible schedule.


If you have a little extra time and a love of KCRW, you can be a KCRW volunteer!

You can also volunteer on an ongoing basis and see behind the scenes at your favorite station. Send a blank email to and a volunteer application will be sent to you automatically.

Weekly Volunteers

If you’re interested in becoming a weekly volunteer, send a blank email to for an application.

  • Be the force that keeps KCRW’s wheels turning.
  • Accomplish community service in a forward thinking environment.
  • See how public media operates - get the inside scoop!
  • Jump into a wide variety of jobs, from helping in the music library to using social media.

KCRW is seeking News Interns for the Winter-Spring period.

The News Interns learn from, and assist, our award-winning news and on-air team in Santa Monica. There are positions on both of KCRW’s news programs: the Morning Edition interns assist the morning news team starting at 5 am; the All Things Considered interns help with the afternoon news team starting at 1pm. Both positions put candidates in constant contact with KCRW editors, producers and hosts. If you're interested, send a blank email to for an application.

Summer Marketing Internship (Los Angeles)

From June to September, you will become KCRW's marketing arm to promote the station and foster community interaction. You will be on site at many of our free summer concerts and utilize social media, our blog, and other tools to expand the station’s reach. Learn to communicate effectively, build interpersonal skills, and develop projects based on your interest and aptitude. But most of all have a blast being part of the team!

To join our well-oiled, tactical outdoor marketing experience, email
*Please submit applications by May 7th every year.*

  • Experience unique music / news / arts / cultural events throughout Southern California.
  • If you’re excited about KCRW, help us spread the word through community outreach.
  • Gain experience and knowledge of public media marketing.
  • Make lasting personal and professional connections!
SMC Internship

Email for an application. Current SMC students only.

  • Did you know there’s a major radio station on campus? Come check us out and meet the people of KCRW.
  • What is public media? Come find out how we tick!
  • Gain valuable real world experience.
  • This is an unpaid internship lasting a full semester (for credit or no credit).
  • Please submit your completed application one month before the start of the Spring or Fall Semesters
KCRW Santa Barbara: News Intern

If you’re interested in becoming a weekly KCRW Santa Barbara news intern, send a blank email to for an application.

  • Learn to form a well focused story
  • Practice writing for broadcast news
  • Use audio equipment and editing software
  • Hone career-building skills
KCRW Santa Barbara: Marketing and Street Team Intern

If you’re interested in becoming a weekly volunteer, send a blank email to for an application.

  • Get real world marketing experience on the ground
  • Work with and develop a dynamic group of friends and coworkers
  • Learn what public media is about
  • Utilize your expertise with marketing and social media