What’s It Like to Intern at Midstory? 2021 Intern Cohort Journal
Live a day in the life of a Midstory intern through this collection of moments recorded by our 2021 cohort during their remote internship with us. Video filmed by Midstory's 2021 intern cohort and compiled by Jocelyn Zhou for Midstory.
This year, 24 college students from all across the nation joined Midstory to learn, think, create and problem solve for the future of the Midwest. Hailing from 20 universities and 22 hometowns, our interns Zoomed in for 10 weeks of research, multimedia storytelling, guest speakers and seminars, workshops and collaborative brainstorming. From researching regional labor history to writing a podcast about innovative environmental initiatives in the Midwest, they developed a vested interest in and love for Toledo, Ohio and the Midwest at large. 2021’s applicant pool was our most competitive yet, with a 350% increase in applications since 2020 and applicants coming from 53 universities, 20 home states and 73 hometowns. You can meet the college cohort here.
The Midstory college program is for the next generation of creatives and thinkers who believe in shaping the post-industrial story through a multidisciplinary framework and are eager to initiate change on the ground. Interns work closely with our team to craft and share hidden stories through research, solutions-oriented projects and multimedia production—with such topics as demography, the environment, culture, arts, education and more—to be broadcasted through our national multimedia platforms and physical exhibition & outreach. In addition to our college program, our summer programming includes the ThinkLab, a six-week creative storytelling and media literacy program for regional high school students.
In light of the pandemic and recent global events, Midstory believes our programming is more important than ever, specifically to engage the next generation of leaders in understanding and solving complex issues in underserved and often ignored geographic areas. We aim to change perceptions and contribute vital and youthful energy toward the revitalization and betterment of communities across the Midwest and beyond. Read below for testimonials from this year’s cohort:
Interested in applying? Check out our college program here and our high school program here.
Midstory’s 2021 summer programming was supported in part by the Secor Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation. To learn more about the grant and how it supports our programming, read our press release.
Midstory is a 501(c)(3) non-profit thinkhub that progresses the narrative of the Midwest by incubating bright, diverse and interdisciplinary thinkers to exchange ideas and envision the future of our region through multimedia storytelling and solutions-oriented research.
As an educational media organization, we inform, interpret and inspire in and for the Midwest and believe that our region’s challenges can be our greatest asset to drive renewed interest and human capital into post-industrial cities.