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
Summer 2021 internship postings will go live on January 29th. Deadline to apply is February 26th at 5pm ET. All applicants will be notified either way by the end of April.
Internships are offered three semesters throughout the year: winter/spring, summer and fall.
Our winter/spring and fall programs are 14 weeks and our summer program is 12 weeks.
Our winter/spring applications go live around the end of September/beginning of October, our summer applications go live around the end of January/beginning of February, and our fall applications go live around the end of June/beginning of July. Applications will remain posted for one month.
Summer 2021: June 1 – August 20
NPR's Winter/Spring 2021 Internship Program will be fully remote. Internships are open to applicants who will be working remotely within the United States.
All internships require reliable internet.
Many Member Stations offer internships of their own: check your local station's website for details.
Pay and Academic Credit:
Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours per week).
All interns are paid $15 an hour.
NPR does not offer transportation or housing assistance.
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.