Intern Edition Executive Producer Emily Kennedy welcomes NPR staff to the premiere of the summer 2012 show.
NPR Intern Edition Executive Producer Emily Kennedy welcomes NPR staff to the premiere of the summer 2012 show. Ebony Bailey/NPR
We summer interns at NPR have already started to pack up our desks, turn in our badges and pick up all the NPR swag we can fit in our NPR totes.
And while we still have a few final tasks to check off our to-do lists, yesterday's premiere of Intern Edition marked a major milestone in our summer journey as NPR interns. Intern Edition – a radio and multimedia program directed, reported and produced entirely by interns – was a tangible product of our efforts this summer.
Our show "Latitudes" explores everyday themes discovered in untold stories – from a profile on sneaker culture to the curious persistence of rectangles in product design – each told to thoughtfully entertain and engage our audiences.
Yet our internship experience at NPR can't be marked by our work alone.
Emily Kennedy, this summer's executive producer of Intern Edition, said it best in her premiere introduction remarks. In short she said, our success was possible because of the staff at NPR. They generously granted our group of young and aspiring interns to take up producing a 30-minute show in the likeness of NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. We used their resources, time and guidance to bring our ideas to life.
Though we planned, designed and produced our show to the best of our abilities (and deadlines), our work on Intern Edition and in our internships was largely a reflection of what we observed daily from NPR staff.
The staff at NPR present their work each day to audiences on air, online and behind the scenes. And by observing (and hopefully absorbing) the work ethic, talent and teamwork of these mentors, we interns hope to keep up the pace.
As a part of the NPR team for a short while, we interns thankfully acknowledge our opportunity to see what it takes for great work to happen – the gritty and the glamorous – and we leave behind a summer well spent.
Thank you, NPR. We hope we've served you well.
- Summer 2012 Interns