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Hello Everyone-

Derek and Romaine here with an update on the DNR Studios Internship program! As you know every fall we do our annual fundraiser to help continue to grow and expand our internship program. We would love for your continued support. So please make a DONATION today. This year, we have seen some changes to our internship program. In the spring of 2023, we made the decision to close our NYC studio location moving to small home studios in upstate NY and NJ. The New Jersey studio at Romaine’s home is still used to record several of our DNR Studios shows including: OJNB the Podcast, Cookie Jar, and The Dildo Whisperer. Even though we have moved to a very different kind of studio location set up we are still as dedicated as ever to our internship program. Earlier in the year we had interns with us in NYC and we had 7 interns over the summer. We are currently actively recruiting a new production intern and are already looking at the internship program for the Spring of 2024.

The biggest change to our program is our ability to help the Ali Forney clients. Obviously, we are very dedicated to giving LGBTQ youth an opportunity to learn and grow into future LGBTQ media professionals. Without a studio in NYC we are not currently able to accommodate the Ali Forney Clients as interns. However, we are coming up with ways that we can continue to support the Ali Forney Center as we strongly believe in their services. We are also exploring LGBTQ internship opportunities near our NJ studio location. Romaine recently met with an organization near her studio that focuses on struggling LGBTQ youth. They are in talks to see if there is a way that DNR Studios can provide internship opportunities to their clients similar to what we have done with the Ali Forney Center.

Our goal is to continue to serve as many interns annually as we can. We currently have 4 branches to our intern program:

  1. Production Interns – These are often students from an audio engineering school. We work with Romaine’s former school (Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences) and SAE located in NYC. Some of our LGBTQ interns will participate as Production Interns.
  2. PR/Social Media Interns- These are students who are studying, communications, journalism, marketing and PR. Additionally, we are expanding this branch to include graphic design students.
  3. Tech Interns- These are students who are studying in various fields related to IT, Coding and App development. Many of these students come from our partnership with the City College of NY who help provide us with students that specialize in the areas of tech we require. We continue to get very high rankings from these students of our tech internship program.
  4. Media Interns- This intern branch is specifically designed for our LGBTQ Youth who are looking to learn a bit of everything. It is designed for a podcasting/ production novice to learn a wide range of practical skills.

Many of these internship branches are designed to work remotely or at our NJ studio location. Every intern has dedicated weekly meetings to go over projects and work directly with Derek or Romaine. We have also utilized former interns as a means of mentorship for our newest additions. We found that past interns were eager to pass on the skills and knowledge they learned at DNR Studios creating a community of learning and sharing.


Overall, we are incredibly proud of the internship program at DNR Studios and we look forward to providing new opportunities for students and LGBTQ youth to learn about our industry in a very hands on way. We strive to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our interns and we always appreciate the skills they bring to our small company. Your donations during the Season of Giving and all year long make it possible for us to ensure that every internship is paid for their time and that every intern has the tools they need to learn and succeed.


Please consider making a DONATION today. You can make a one-time donation or you can sign up for reoccurring monthly donations. Don’t forget if your company makes matching charitable donations we can help you set that up as well. We want to thank all of our listeners who help make the DNR Studios Internship possible. You have and continue to make an impact on these young people’s lives and we appreciate each and everyone of you.

-Derek and Romaine

Season Of Giving 2021 – An Internship Update

It has been 5 years since we launched the DNR Studios internship program. Thanks to listeners like you we have been able to help dozens of interns grow and expand their work experience. As we launch our annual Season of Giving we thought you might enjoy and update on our internship program. The pandemic has been rough in so many ways and it created some incredible challenges for our internship program. How can you run an internship when you are no longer in the physical office space? Homeless shelters in NYC faced near impossible circumstances that put our Ali Forney interns on hold while they determined the best way to serve their clients. But the DNR Studios has been committed to keeping our internship program growing and thriving despite the challenges of the past 18 months. When our offices closed in March of 2020 we had just started an internship with a brand new technical intern, Sumaiya   from the City College of NY. Thankfully technology was on our side and we were able to continue her internship using zoom and other communication methods to stay in touch.  We sent Sumaiya  home with a DNR Studios laptop and she began the work on coding the Android version of our DNR Cast App. She worked closely with Arafat and Derek and made a lot of progress before her internship ended. Due to the success of our remote internship we brought on another City College of NY student Shai to help with the Android version on the app. Through out most of 2020 we had an intern working remotely on various technical projects. While it has been disappointing not to have an Ali Forney intern we fully understood the specific challenges they were facing and have been patiently waiting for them to provide us with intern candidates.

In the meantime, we have been recruiting interns from other schools that have struggled to place interns due to the pandemic. We returned to the studio location in June and City College of NY asked us if we would continue accepting interns from a variety of their programs. We happily agreed and we took on three of their students over the summer. Aiden is our current Tech Intern and is working on programming the start/stop/resume functionality of the DNR Cast App. Joselyn is a public relations major and has been teaching us new ways to use social media to promote our programming. Jonathan served as a general office intern who helped Derek with a wide range of tasks including hospitality management for the DNR Travel business. In addition, we took on two production interns from SAE a recording engineering school located in NYC. Due to many of the recording studios closing because of the pandemic these students were struggling to find an internship program as required to graduate. DNR Studios stepped in to help provide them with hands on audio production experience. Both Ajay and Rafi have been loving their time at DNR Studios and often brag to all their classmates about their internship. It has been decided that they have the best one!










The 2021 Summer Interns worked on a ton of new projects:

  • Meet the Interns Show
  • Twitch Tuesdays
  • Great Smoky Weekend Prep
  • DNR Studio Commercials for various shows
  • Creating and Editing Best Of Shows
  • Board Operating on OJNB & DNR
  • DNR Cast App development
  • Creating jingles for on air games
  • Writing/editing/producing Season of Giving Promos

As we move into the fall nearly all our summer interns have expanded their internships so they can continue with us. However, we fully expect to bring in a new batch of interns as soon as the Ali Forney Center has a few candidates for us. We have been told that they will be relaunching their LEAP program soon and we can’t wait.

As always, the DNR Studios Internship program is a passion project. The interns contribute to many of the shows on the network and they are a valuable part of the DNR Studios. We love being able to teach these students and help them grow but we can’t do it without the help of listeners like you. During our Season of Giving we raise funds for future interns at the DNR Studios. Your donation makes all the difference in how much help we can provide. Without donations from previous years we wouldn’t have had the resources to send Sumaiya  home with a laptop during the pandemic or the ability to host five interns over the summer who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to find an internship. We want to thank everyone who has donated and continues to donate to this internship program. You make it all possible! To make a donation please click here.

**All donations are tax deductible. On our donation page you can set up small monthly payments if you prefer that method of donating. If your employer does matching donations please submit to your employer. Romaine will happily assist if you need help with that.