February 3, 2019

BizLab Summer 2019 Research Fellowship

WBUR is seeking participants for its Summer 2019 BizLab Research Fellowship. BizLab is an innovation lab within WBUR testing new revenue models for public media, and your summer will be focused on evaluating new revenue sources for the station through analysis, experimentation, and research. Read about our latest experiments and how BizLab is structured.

WBUR is Boston’s NPR news station, reaching millions of weekly listeners with nationally-known programming and podcasts such as On Point, Here & Now, Only A Game, and Modern Love. It also ranks as the largest local newsroom in Boston; over 500,000 Boston listeners turning us on each week.

We are looking for Masters, MBA, and PhD students in Entrepreneurism, Behavioral Economics, User Experience Design, Social Computing, or similar disciplines. This is a 10-week, paid fellowship located at WBUR, in Boston, MA.

Responsibilities

Fellows need to be ready to jump onto existing ideas, define them as business concepts, and carry them through an evaluation phase with business partners, listeners, and/or donors. Our expectation is that this research will be instrumental in defining new sources of revenue for both WBUR and all public radio stations. Each Fellow will be given one project, with the objective of answering the project’s main questions by summer’s end.

Requirements

  • Current students or recent graduates from MBA, Masters, or PhD programs in Entrepreneurism, User Experience Design, Social Computing, or related disciplines.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly determine an effective, appropriate research approach to answer a business question. Familiar with the methodologies of Design Thinking, Lean Startup, and Agile.
  • Experience in launching social media campaigns, designing A/B tests, running surveys, and conducting field research with customer interviews.
  • Experience writing user messaging (e.g. email newsletters), defining user scenarios and flows, and creating wireframes to communicate the details of a new experience, and set requirements for development.
  • Experience in project management and working with multiple stakeholders at various levels.
  • Passion for public media, journalism, and community engagement.

Time Commitment

This is a full-time, 10-week fellowship. Start dates will be in June 2019 and end dates will be in August 2019.

To Apply

Submit your resume/CV and a cover letter. The cover letter needs to explain why you want to work on innovation in public radio and how your skills specifically apply to building, testing, and/or analyzing the viability of different public radio business models. In your submission, provide evidence of your experience analyzing data, of product innovation, and links to any relevant publications or presentations.

Email application materials to jdimicco@wbur.org.