Internships at NPR

From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR. i

From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR. Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR.

From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR.

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Read position descriptions and apply for internships on the Intern and Fellowship Career Portal.

A learning experience like no other. The NPR internship program has a rich history, helping us discover nearly 10% of our current staff including Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, Guy Raz and many more.

From Day 1, interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities. Working alongside top professionals in the field, interns do meaningful work across a variety of departments at NPR. Find out how you can contribute your diverse talents to gain invaluable experience at the heart of a thriving multimedia organization.

Internship Opportunities

Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering.

Descriptions of all NPR's internships can be found on the Intern and Fellowship Career Portal.

Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering. i

Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering. Benjamin B. Morris/NPR hide caption

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Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering.

Interns at NPR play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and Engineering.

Benjamin B. Morris/NPR

Application Process

Internships Typically Offered

Programs:
All Things Considered, Morning Edition (DC and NPR West), Code Switch, Weekend Edition Saturday and Sunday, Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! (Chicago)

News Units:
National, Arts, Science, Social Media, Washington Desks, Planet Money (New York Bureau), NPR Music, News Apps

Digital:
News, Arts and Entertainment Editorial, Picture and Multimedia

Corporate:
Marketing/Communications, Finance, Development, IT, Legal, Ombudsman, Development, Sponsorship, Business Development, Library, Distribution, Digital Services (Boston)

Who We Want:

What's it like to intern at NPR?

We are looking for students and recent graduates who are smart and creative, good researchers and excellent writers. Interns need to both work well on diverse teams and thrive with individual assignments.

Candidates don't need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be at least a little familiar. And it doesn't hurt to love NPR.

For more details on unique requirements for individual internship positions (cover letter, writing sample, design portfolio for example), see the internship descriptions for more details.

Who Should Apply:

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) or person who has graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship period to which he/she is applying. Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply:

Visit the Intern and Fellowship Career Portal. Select from the internships listed to read a complete description and requirements of the position. Through the portal you'll be able to complete profile information, upload resume, cover letter, and writing samples.

To apply for multiple positions at once, submit all application materials to up to three internships each semester. If you are loading multiple cover letters, name the file with the specific internship title.

When to Apply and Important Dates

Winter/Spring:

Applications are no longer being accepted for Winter/Spring 2015.

Summer 2015: Application Deadline: March 20, 2015

April 15, 2015 - Check your selection status on iCIMS application portal.
June 1, 2015 – Internship begins
August 7, 2015 – Internship ends

Fall 2015: Application Deadline: July 2015 (Exact dates will be posted in the Spring.)

Note: Office of the General Counsel internships have different application dates and requirements. See the internship description for more details.

Internship Details

Internship Semesters:

Internships are offered three semesters throughout the year: winter/spring, summer and fall.

Winter/Spring: 1/6/15 - 5/1/15
Summer: 6/1/15 - 8/7/15
Fall: mid-September through mid-December

Candidates don't need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be a least a little familiar. And it doesn't hurt to love NPR.

Candidates don't need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be a least a little familiar. And it doesn't hurt to love NPR. Benjamin B. Morris/NPR hide caption

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Pay and Academic Credit:

Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours per week). However, during winter/spring and fall semesters, part-time interns (at least 20 hours per week) will also be accommodated.

All interns receive a stipend, prorated based on the hours per week and the length of the internship period.

Winter/Spring (40 hrs/wk for 16 weeks): a max of $6,080
Summer (40 hrs/wk for 10 weeks): a max of $4,200
Fall (40 hrs/wk for 16 weeks): a max of $6,080

Interns may also receive academic credit. NPR doesn't offer transportation or housing assistance.

Locations:

Internship positions are offered at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C.; NPR West in Culver City, CA; at the New York and Chicago Bureaus; and in Boston, MA. The location is listed in each of the internship descriptions.

Many Member Stations offer internships of their own: check your local station's website for details.

Questions?

If you have more questions about the NPR internships program, email: internship@npr.org


NPR is firmly committed to seeking qualified candidates for all job openings, to offer equal employment opportunity to all persons, and to take affirmative action to ensure that such opportunities are provided. It is the policy of NPR to be fair and impartial in all of its relations with its employees and applicants for employment, and to make all employment-related decisions without regard to race, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, or disability.