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Following is a list of internship positions available at NPR. The exact internships offered vary from semester to semester. On the application form, applicants should indicate all internships they are interested in. For more information on internships, please see the internships at NPR page.

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All Things Considered Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Conducts research for daily stories and long-term projects; books interviews; retrieves archival tape; attends daily editorial meeting; 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. A liberal arts background -- an individual majoring in religion, history, art, etc. -- is preferred. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample. The summer internship is paid through the Everett Public Service Internship Program. To learn more about what an Everett sponsored internship entails, please visit their web site at www.everettinternships.org.

All Songs Considered Intern:(Typically offered in all three semesters) Helps maintain continuity on the site using HTML; helps produce Open Mic features using html, audio encoders, photoshop; encode audio for use on site using Real and Windows encoders and related applications upload audio for use on site using FTP applications audition CDs for possible review contact labels for CD acquisition act as liaison with Open Mic artists help secure clearances for use of material on site help maintain database for legal contracts research and fact checking for artist reviews. Required Skills: Working knowledge of HTML. Working knowledge of FTP applications; basic photoshop; knowledge of audio encoders like Real Producer, Helix or Windows Media. Preferred skills: experience in music-related field, for example: music degree or music study, radio DJ, music journalism or experience writing music reviews.

Arts & Information Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) 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.

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Audience and Corporate Research Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Our department serves as an internal research consultant to all NPR departments. We are divided into three areas: program research, carriage collection and corporate research. The programming area evaluates performance of our current program offerings and examines the potential of new program proposals. Carriage collection is responsible for finding out what the 800+ public radio stations across the US are airing and analyzing the resultant data. And, the corporate area is responsible for most of research falling outside of programming and carriage. This ranges from describing the demographics and purchase behavior of the NPR's audience to internal satisfaction surveys to testing of new advertising campaign concepts. Interns in Audience and Corporate Research may be involved in projects in any or all of the three research areas. Experience with databases (Access), spreadsheets (Excel), statistical packages (SPSS or SAS), and survey development and analysis is a plus.

Audio Engineering Intern: (Typically offered in the Summer semester) 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.

Business Development Intern: (Typically offered in the Fall and Summer semesters) Works on rights clearance for CD and Audio tape projects which involves contacting participants in segments, sending out release forms and following up with the returned forms. Also works on station and press mailings relating to CD and audio tape projects and fulfill CD order for NPR Classics Label. Must have knowledge of spreadsheet software and work processing skills required. Undergraduate business school candidate a plus.

Creative Design Intern: (Typically offered in the Summer semester) Works on graphic and web projects in conjunction with Creative Services staff; actively participates in creative and production process, organizes and maintains print and electronic files for the group; and assists in day-to-day administrative tasks. Graphic or Publication Design major needed. Experience using both Mac and PC platforms preferred. Solid writing, communications, and organizational skills required.

Communications/Publicity and Events Intern: (Typically offered all three semester) Assists public and media relations department in the planning, execution and publicity of events. Excellent organization, communication and research skills required. Experience using Microsoft Word, the Internet and general computer proficiency is requested. Previous event planning experience is a plus. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Communications/Public and Media Relations Intern: (Typically offered all three semesters) Become a member of NPR's public affairs team and take part in the exciting and fast-paced work of media and PR. As an intern in the Public and Media Relations department you will learn the ins and outs of pitching national/local print and broadcast journalists, plan and publicize events featuring NPR hosts and personalities, and support team members in managing the reputation of NPR and its member stations. The public and media relations intern will gain valuable experience by assisting in the promotion of NPR programs, personalities, breaking news and corporate issues to reporters, community groups, and NPR member stations. The intern will actively participate in researching media contacts, compiling press kits, maintaining press clip database and other files and in writing bios, press releases and responses to audience correspondence. Communications, Public Relations or Marketing major preferred; experience using Microsoft Word, the Internet 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 that clearly demonstrates creative writing skills.

Corporate Communications Intern: (Typically offered all three semesters) Be an active member of a two-person unit that handles all of NPR's internal communications as well as responses to listener letters related to NPR programming. By giving you insights into how a large nonprofit operates, this position offers valuable experience to those interested in pursuing work in non-profit management, public relations, or communications. The Corporate Communications intern would track and file listener letters and support NPR's responses to them; conduct research into listener concerns and requests; write biographical profiles of NPR on-air personalities, board members, and senior managers for posting on npr.org; assist with the planning and implementation of staff events and corporate gatherings; coordinate the posting of employee communications throughout NPR facilities; assist with scanning, photography, feature writing, and basic Web work for NPR's Intranet; and offer clerical support to unit staff. Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, or English majors preferred; experience using Microsoft Word, the Internet and general computer proficiency is required. Strong writing skills are required, as is plenty of enthusiasm and a love for public radio. Web coding skills are a definite plus, but are not required. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Day to Day Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Please note: This internship is located in Los Angeles, CA. 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 of a news story or a commentary.

Development Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Assists Development department with fundraising, research, event planning, file maintenance, large mailings and database management; researches major gift prospects, compiles prospect lists and writes reports; assists with cultivation events and Board meetings; experience using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and general computer proficiency is required; familiarity with fundraising databases a plus; strong organizational and communications skills preferred. Candidate must be flexible and have the ability to manage given projects independently.

E-Commerce Intern: (Typically offered in the Fall and Summer semesters) Supports the general operations of the online shop including: tracking and reporting daily sales numbers, monitory and maintaining inventory levels, and answering customer inquiries; plays an integral role in both the organization and implementation of an online marketing strategy including an online newsletter, and the strategic planning of future online partnerships that support and enhance the mission of NPR. Preferable courses of study include: MBA students with e-commerce experience and/or computer science background; computer science graduate with business/e-commerce knowledge or experience; or undergraduate computer science or business major preferred. Solid knowledge of and experience using HTML, a strong marketing background, and some experience with online commerce including databases is required; Proficiency in Microsoft Excel as well as solid writing, communication, and organizational skills also required. Experience with JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets preferred.

Executive Producer, Intern Edition: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only) Works with Project Manager of "Next Generation Radio". Manages Intern Edition staff activities and production of Intern Edition audio program. Arranges and conducts interviews of candidates for Intern Edition senior staff positions; leads all Intern Edition staff meetings; oversees story assignment process; collaborates with Senior Editor in scheduling and enforcing deadlines; assists with reporting, writing, editing and music selections for the program; ensures a finished product (Intern Edition radio show) that is completed on deadline; facilitates communication between interns and NPR professional staff; works with "NextGen" Project Manager in resolving logistical issues and other conflicts; and provides logistical support to Intern Edition Project Manager and NPR Professional Staff related to training interns for Intern Edition job duties. Senior level undergraduate or graduate student with degree in journalism or broadcast journalism; project management experience helpful; excellent and demonstrated writing and editing skills and verbal communication skills; strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills; resourceful and able to work well within a team as well as independently. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a journalism-related work sample.

Finance Intern:(Typically offered in the Summer) Typically the intern will split their time in the General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll departments; assist with data entry, bank deposits, filing of check copies, invoices and time sheets and researching customer inquiries; experience in Microsoft Excel and general computer proficiency is required and previous office experience is a plus.

Human Resources Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Assists the Staffing Office with writing 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; works with staff of Benefits, Training and Employee Relations to perform special projects. Human Resources major preferred; experience using PC and Microsoft Office software preferred; solid writing, communications, and organizational skills required.

Legal Intern: (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 Internships (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 legal writing sample. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis (beginning October 15 for summer internships).

Library Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) NPR has two libraries, Reference and Broadcast. The Reference Library does background research and fact-checking for reporters, editors, and producers. They use commercial on-line databases, the Internet, clipping files, and an excellent reference book collection. The Broadcast Library indexes and catalogs NPR programming, and includes music, spoken word, and historical sound collections for use in NPR programming. The Intern has a choice of working in one library or splitting his/her time between the two libraries. There is an opportunity to work on the libraries' Intranet page and maintain the list of useful links. Candidate must be a library school student, or recent graduate, who is interested in a career in News Libraries or sound cataloging.

Member & Program Services/Station Relations: (Typically offered all three semesters) Assists station relations department in the planning and development of activities and materials designed to increase awareness of NPR stations and NPR programming among the widest possible audience and strengthen the image of NPR and its Member stations as leaders in the media industry and their communities. The intern will support the department in its work to strengthen station relations; create materials (articles, press releases, advertisement, e-marketing content, etc.) for use in efforts to raise awareness, promote listening, and increase revenue to Member stations; and respond to Member station requests for assistance and materials. Communications, marketing, or public relations major preferred. Experience using Microsoft Word, the Internet and general computer proficiency is required; previous office experience is a plus. Strong writing skills are required. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Morning Edition Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Conducts 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. The summer internship is paid through the Everett Public Service Internship Program. To learn more about what an Everett sponsored internship entails and its internship requirements, please visit their Web site.

Music Library Intern: (Typically offered in the fall and winter/spring semesters) The NPR Music Library provides production and reference services for NPR programs and staff and is involved with music use for NPR's daily broadcast shows, on-air promotion campaigns and special projects. After learning a database, interns will index music CDs into NPR's music collection. Opportunities to assist with collection maintenance and music reference will be available. Candidates should be computer literate, have knowledge and/or interest in music (any type), detail oriented and able to work flexible hours. Candidate must be a library school student interested in a career in music libraries or sound cataloging.

Music Unit Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Assists the Music Unit staff with research, cataloging, scheduling, auditioning of recordings, keeping calendar and will attend staff meetings; experience using Microsoft Word, Excel and general Computer skills is required. Interns should posses solid writing, communication, organizational skills, and have musical knowledge and interest.

National Desk Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) 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 news and current events. Strong research skills, computer literacy, and knowledge of NPR programming preferred. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample. The summer internship is paid through the Everett Public Service Internship Program. To learn more about what an Everett sponsored internship entails and its internship requirements, please visit their web site.

Online Business Intern: (Typically offered in the Fall and Summer semesters) Supports the business operations of NPR Online, the NPR Web site. Plays in integral role in researching, analyzing and assisting in strategic business planning and execution. Potential projects could include analyzing site usage patterns to extract business related data, developing and analyzing user surveys, researching business models and assisting in the development of strategic plans for npr.org. MBA students or undergraduate business majors preferred. A strong marketing background, and some experience with online commerce and e-business is preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Excel as well as solid writing, communication, and organizational skills required.

Online Editorial Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Under the supervision and direction of NPR Online editorial and production staff members, assists with writing, researching and updating news and feature coverage on the NPR Internet site; assists in building Web pages using HTML and tools such as Photoshop, Home site, Sound Forge, and FTP client; and performs routine administrative tasks. May also gain experience in encoding audio for online use. Interest in news coverage and the Internet needed. Experience preferred in writing copy for news and feature stories, and in Web development. Must have excellent writing, researching and editing skills, and ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline. Flexibility and creativity a plus.

Online Technical Intern: (Typically offered all semesters) Under the supervision and direction of NPR Online technical staff members, Intern will gain valuable experience building, producing, and supporting the general operations of a Web site: assisting in building Web pages; encoding audio for online use; performing routine administrative tasks; documenting systems and applications; developing dynamic page templates; testing Web-enabled applications; and researching potential technical solutions. Requirements: The ideal candidate will possess a solid, working knowledge of and experience using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and some experience with relational databases. Experience with JSP, JHTML, DHTML, XHTML, XML, PHP, Photoshop, HomeSite, Sound Forge, UNIX, Linux and/or UML very helpful but not required. Proficiency in Microsoft Visio, as well as solid writing, communication, and organizational skills required. Ability to work quickly and accurately under deadline is key. The ideal candidate will be interested in Web application development and eager to discover creative solutions to technical challenges. Preferred courses of study include: Computer Science, Computer Architecture, Information Architecture, Systems Architecture, Systems Engineering, and/or Audio Engineering.

Ombudsman Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) As the agent of the listeners, the Office of the Ombudsman deals with issues of editorial concern to the audience. Typically, a listener e-mails the Ombudsman who forwards the complaint or concern to the senior editor/producer/manager for an initial response. The intern will track the complaint to make sure that the listener gets a response in a timely manner. The intern also assists in research as directed by the Ombudsman. She/he will deal with the occasionally outraged listener, and will be expected to do so with tact and patience. A familiarity with Internet research requirements is essential.

Performance Today Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Assists with the operations of Performance Today, NPR's flagship daily classical-music program; Intern will organize press releases, and other communications, perform research on musical guests, catalogue, keep calendar information, and will assist with outreach to outside music organizations; experience using Microsoft Word and general computer skills is required; intern should posses solid writing, communication, organizational skills, and have musical knowledge and interest.

Programming Intern - Information Technology: (Typically offered in the summer) Under supervision, provide technical analysis, programming and support to users to include design, development, modification, problem resolution and short-term planning to meet business objectives; education requirement is nearing completion of sophomore year of Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems and Technology, or Computer Engineering Program; One year of related work experience or education desired; strong interpersonal skills; ability to work independently or as a part of a group; flexibility and adaptability to multiple changing priorities and familiarity with PCs running Windows 2000, MS Office, SQL, Visual Basic and relational database management concepts is necessary.

Radio Expeditions, co-produced by NPR and the National Geographic Society: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Does research for all Radio Expeditions stories and long-term projects; transcribes tape recorded in the field, and helps get the program on the air, which includes performing routine administrative tasks. Should have an interest in the main theme of the Radio Expeditions pieces: threatened environments and threatened cultures around the world, and be prepared to offer story ideas. A liberal arts background is preferred. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.

Science Desk Intern: (Typically offered in the fall and winter/spring semesters) The Science Desk is one of four departments that supplies Morning Edition, All Things Considered, the weekend shows and Newscast with stories about health, basic science, and environmental issues. The intern will assist the Editorial Assistant with day-to-day tasks on the Science Desk. Duties will include routine administrative tasks, scheduling interviews and studios and may also include researching stories, getting archival tape, attending editorial meetings, and other work as needed. Knowledge of NPR programming is preferred, and demonstrated interest in news and science is essential. The internship will be 10 weeks for 20 hours a week.

SymphonyCast Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Assists with the operations of NPR's news weekly symphonic program; intern will perform artist outreach, research, organize listings, audition and log interviews and recordings, and develop materials for on-air and online usage; experience using Microsoft Word and general computer skills is required; interns should posses solid writing, communication, organizational skills, musical knowledge and interest.

Talk of the Nation Intern: (Typically offered year around. Mid-semester internships also) 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; researches show topics and identifies potential guests; identifies tape and music; assists with tracking down guests; works closely with senior producer, executive producer and host; participates in editorial meetings; contributes story and guest ideas; assists and observes the studio crew during live production.

Washington Desk Intern: (Typically offered in all three semesters) Sets-up interviews; conducts story research for reporters and editors; sort's 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 Edition Saturday Intern: (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; sort 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 Sunday Intern: (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; sort 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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