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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.
 

 

To apply for an internship, send a completed application form with a cover letter and resume to either the mailing address or fax number listed below:

 National Public Radio
Human Resources Department
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20001 

                                     fax number - (202)513-3047
                             



Available Positions


All Things Considered Internship:  (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Does research for daily stories and long-term projects; books interviews; gets archival tape; and helps get the program on the air, which includes performing routine administrative tasks.  The intern attends a daily editorial meeting.  He/she should have an interest in the news, and be prepared to offer story ideas.  A liberal arts background - an individual majoring in religion, history, art, etc. - preferred.

Audio Engineering Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Shadows a Broadcast/Recording Technician to learn the operation of the record centrals and broadcast studios.  Has the opportunity for hands-on practice on the technical equipment.  Does simple feed recordings and mixes.  Candidates with technical experience and/or background preferred. 

Communications Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.) Assists with research, writing, event-planning, file maintenance, and database management. Researches media contacts, compiles contact lists, writes promotional articles, bios, and press releases. Communications, Public Relations, or Marketing major preferred. Experience using Microsoft Word and general computer proficiency is required. Strong writing skills are required. Previous office experience is a plus. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Creative Design Internship: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only.)  Works on graphic design projects in conjunction with regular staff; organizes and maintains print and electronic files for the Creative Design Suite; and mails and ships items to various clients, consultants, and vendors.  Graphic or Publication Design major needed.  Experience using both Mac and PC platforms preferred.  Solid writing, communications, and organizational skills required.

Cultural Desk Internship: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only.)  Sets-up interviews; logs tape; conducts story research for reporters and editors; sorts mail; answers phone; and participates in staff meetings and projects as required.  Candidates should be interested in the arts, journalism, religion, history, social sciences, and other culturally expressive issues.  Strong research skills, computer literacy, and knowledge of NPR programming preferred.  In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Human Resources Internship:  (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Assists the Staffing Office with writing the weekly Employment Opportunities bulletin; processing resumes; and updating information in HRIS.  Performs special projects under the direction of a staff member.  Assists with updating the Human Resources Intranet web site.  Human Resources major preferred.  Experience using a PC and Microsoft Office software preferred.  Solid writing, communications, and organizational skills required.   

Jazz Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Organizes CD library; updates artist directory; surveys jazz stations; assists with the Billy Taylor show at the Kennedy Center; and performs other routine administrative tasks.  Applicants should have an interest in and knowledge of jazz music.  Computer literacy and good organization and writing skills required.

Legal Internship:  (Typically offered in all three semesters - multiple positions often available.)  The NPR General Counsel’s Office provides legal assistance to all of the corporate divisions of NPR, and Legal Interns (Law Clerks) frequently work on matters raising legal and policy issues concerning a nonprofit corporation and a radio broadcast network.  The office handles a wide variety of legal issues, including:  communications, copyright, trademark, tax, employment, and labor law, as well as contracts in all areas.  Law Clerks conduct legal research; prepare legal memoranda and other legal documents; and participate actively in client meetings and legislative and regulatory meetings.  Completion of a minimum of one year of law school is required.  Strong legal research and writing skills are required.  In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample and two letters of reference.

Library Internship:  (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  NPR has four libraries - News, Program, Music, and Spoken Word.  The News Library does background research for reporters, editors, and producers.  They use commercial on-line databases, CD-ROMs, and an excellent reference book collection.  The Program Library indexes and catalogs NPR programming.  The Music Library indexes and catalogs NPR music programming and commercial recordings.  The Spoken Word Library indexes and catalogs material acquired for use in NPR programming.  The intern has a choice of working in one library or splitting his/her time between two libraries.  The intern is treated as one of the librarians, and is given responsibilities and projects which he/she can handle.  There is an opportunity to work on the libraries’ web page and maintain the list of useful links.  Candidates must be a library school student who is interested in a career in News Libraries.

Everett Public Service Morning Edition Internship: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only.) Does research for daily stories and long-term projects; books interviews; gets archival tape; and helps get the program on the air, which includes performing routine administrative tasks. He/she should have an interest in the news, and be prepared to offer story ideas. Journalism major not required. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

NPR 2 Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters. The internship is in Portland, Oregon.) Assists the Special Correspondent for Talking Plants, a program offered through satellite radio. Duties include maintaining the horticultural reference library; reading horticultural articles and books to identify story ideas; writing copy for the show's area on the company's Internet site; setting up interviews; and performing routine administrative tasks. Must have strong interests in media, broadcast journalism, horticulture, environmental issues, and landscape design. Proficiency using a PC required. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Online Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Under the supervision and direction of NPR Online editorial staff members, assists with writing and updating news coverage on the NPR Internet site; encodes audio for online use; and performs routine administrative tasks.  Interest in news coverage and the Internet needed.  Experience writing copy for news stories preferred.  Must have excellent writing and editing skills.

Performance Today Internship: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only.)  Processes CDs as they are received; maintains CD library; assists with data entry of information for all incoming DATs and CDs; reviews press releases for story ideas; and assists Program Assistant and Secretary with ongoing administrative duties and projects as needed.  Candidates should have some exposure to working in a business and/or broadcasting environment.  Knowledge and enjoyment of classical music is strongly preferred.  Cataloging and library experience is a plus.  Candidates should be self-starters, detail-oriented, flexible, and able to work independently.

Special Correspondent for the Cultural Desk Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Works with Susan Stamberg.  Researches stories; logs tape; makes cassette dubs; books interviews; answers the phone; sorts mail; and performs routine administrative tasks.  Candidates should be interested in the arts, journalism, religion, history, social sciences, and other culturally expressive issues.  Strong research skills, computer literacy, and knowledge of NPR programming necessary.  Administrative/office experience required. 

Station Development Services Internship:  (Typically offered in the Summer semester only.)  Assists production staff members with the development of fundraising programs for member stations; gets archival tape; does research for upcoming programming; and offers story ideas.  Strong research, writing, and organizational skills required. Volunteer and/or work experience at a NPR member station preferred.  Must be computer literate.  

Strategic Planning and Audience Research Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Helps coordinate the organization and documentation of all research information housed in the department; reviews research studies and drafts a brief description of the key points from each study; and helps develop a system and list of resources for gathering up-to-date information affecting the public radio environment from technology to consumer preference to mergers and acquisitions.  The incumbent will learn to extract critical data from Arbitron radio diary information, and Simmons and Claritas lifestyle data for the public radio listener.  Educational or work experience in research, market research, research methodologies, broadcast, and/or other media industries required.  Experience using Excel, Word, Netscape, Access, SPSS, and Claritas on a DOS based computer preferred.  Excellent writing, research, and organizational skills required.  Familiarity with syndicated studies such as Arbitron, Simmons, MRI, MMR, Scarborough, IntelliQuest, Roper Reports, and Claritas PRIZM a plus.

 William F. Mungo, Jr., Memorial Talk of the Nation Internship: (Typically offered in all three semesters.) Assists the director in billboard tape collection; does daily research for various show topics; greets guests in the lobby and escorts them to the studio; delivers show promos to various departments; monitors e-mail and letters the show receives; obtains media release forms from in-studio and remote guests; and assembles and distributes roadmaps for the show.

 Washington Desk Internship:  (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Sets-up interviews; conducts story research for reporters and editors; sorts mail; and answers phone.  Candidates should be interested in the United States government and politics.  Strong research skills, computer literacy, and knowledge of NPR programming preferred.  In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

 Weekend All Things Considered Internship: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only.)  Researches long- and short-term projects for the host; screens and pre-interviews authors for book interviews; sets-up feature interviews; sorts mail; and does routine administrative tasks as needed.  Journalism major required.  Strong research, writing, and organizational skills required.  In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

 Weekend Edition Saturday Internship:  (Typically offered in all three semesters.)  Researches long- and short-term projects for the host; screens and pre-interviews authors for book interviews; sets-up feature interviews; sorts mail; and does routine administrative tasks as needed.  Journalism major required.  Strong research, writing, and organizational skills required.  In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.


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