Want To Be An NPR Intern? A learning experience like no other. Find out how you can contribute your diverse talents to gain invaluable experience at the heart of a thriving multimedia organization.

Want To Be An NPR Intern?

NPR has made the difficult decision to cancel the Fall/Winter 2023 internship program. We are committed to providing a positive intern experience and hope to be able to reinstate it soon. Interns remain a vital asset to our content and culture — many of NPR's best-known journalists, hosts, and executives started as interns. We fully understand the value of this program for NPR and the public radio system.

A learning experience like no other. The NPR internship program has a rich history, helping us discover nearly 17%* of our current staff including Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, Guy Raz and many more.

*As of June 2020

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.

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 are also offered training and networking opportunities; and here's the best part — you don't have to be an intern to start learning. You can access NPR Training's free website today.

Come join us on our mission to create a more informed public and help NPR do the kind of journalism that embraces the rich diversity of the country whether it's researching NPR's sources for our newsroom, assisting with audio production, editing web pages, conducting research for shows, pitching ideas, engaging with our social media channels, designing and developing embedded graphics for our digital platforms, or coding survey data.

The point is that there is a place for you. Every department at NPR contributes to our stories and we want you to bring your unique perspective and skill sets as you learn and grow as an NPR intern. For behind the scenes details on what it's like to be an intern at NPR check out our NPR Interns Instagram. Want even more NPR? Follow the stories behind the stories on our NPR Extra blog.

Who Should Apply:

Qualified applicants must be current students (in an accredited degree program) or have graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship. We do not accept high school students.

Candidates don't have to be backseat listeners, but we want folks who share our mission to create and reflect a more informed public.

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.

Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply:

Visit our Career Portal and read the complete description and requirements for each available position. Through the portal you'll be able to create a profile and upload a resume, cover letter, and writing samples (when appropriate).

You may apply for multiple internships. If you are uploading more than one cover letter, be sure to name each file for the corresponding internship title.

If you'd like to include references, log into your profile or "My Presence" and select "My references" at top right corner. You can then add information of reference.

When to Apply and Important Dates

NPR offers internship semesters twice a year. The Summer semester is 12 weeks, and the Fall/Winter Semester is 28 weeks.

NPR will not be hosting an internship program for the Fall/Winter 2023 session. Check back to find out future program dates.

Internship Details


NPR's Internship Program is offered onsite, fully remote, or a hybrid of the two as determined by each individual team's structure. See specific internship postings for more details.

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


All interns are paid $18.50 an hour.

NPR does not offer transportation or housing assistance.

More Questions?

Check out NPR's list of Frequently Asked Questions about internships, and follow the NPR Interns social media channels on Twitter and Instagram.

NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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