Iowa PBS’s High School Mentorship Program

To broaden opportunities for minority and/or female students, Iowa PBS is offering a television production mentorship program for summer 2021.

The unpaid mentorship program will give two students the opportunity to learn about and observe all aspects of media journalism including videography, lighting, editing, graphic design, web production and storytelling. Each student will interact directly with Iowa PBS personnel during the process of creating broadcast and online content and will be challenged to create their own content.

Iowa PBS’s High School Mentorship Program begins June 17, 2021 and runs through August 3, 2021. Students will have the opportunity to work with Iowa PBS staff during the production of any number of the following television programs: 

  • Market to Market 
  • Iowa Press
  • Greetings From Iowa
  • Iowa Ingredient

Interested applicants should:

  1. Complete an Iowa PBS Application for Employment and Applicant Survey
  2. Provide a letter of support from a school advisor or community leader and
  3. Write a one-page summary about themselves that describes their interest in television production and outlines their qualifications to be part of Iowa PBS’s statewide network team. 


  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Applicants must have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year. 
  • Applicants must provide a Certificate of Age issued by a school official or Iowa Workforce Development Center.

How to Apply

Materials should be submitted by May 7, 2021 to:

Karen Schaeffer
Iowa PBS
PO Box 6450
Johnston, Iowa 50131

Applicants will be notified after May 21, 2021.