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.
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Want To Be An NPR Intern?

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View NPR's current internship opportunities.

A learning experience like no other. The NPR internship program has a rich history. Nearly 10% of our current staff — including Ari Shapiro, Audie Cornish, Guy Raz and many more — were discovered as interns.

From day one, 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 a broad variety of training opportunities. And here's the best part — you don't have to be an intern to start learning. You can access the NPR Training website today.

Who Should Apply:

We are looking for students and recent graduates who are intelligent, creative, and curious. We need strong researchers and excellent writers who work well on diverse teams and can also thrive with individual assignments.

Candidates don't need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be at least a little familiar. And, of course, it doesn't hurt to love NPR.

For more details on unique requirements for individual internship positions (cover letter, writing sample, design portfolio for example), read each internship description in full before you apply.

Qualified applicants must be current students (undergraduate or graduate degree programs) or have graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship. We do not accept high school students. 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 up to three internships per semester. If you are uploading multiple cover letters, be sure to name each file for the corresponding internship title.

When to Apply and Important Dates

Winter/Spring 2020 Internship applications are live! The deadline to apply is November 4th 5pm ET.

Internships are offered three semesters throughout the year: winter/spring, summer and fall.

Winter/Spring 2020

January 13, 2020 – April 17, 2020

Summer 2020

June 1, 2020August 21, 2020

Fall 2020

September 8, 2020December 11, 2020

Internship Details

Pay and Academic Credit:

Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours per week).

All interns are paid.

NPR does not offer transportation or housing assistance.


Internship positions are offered at NPR's national headquarters in Washington, D.C.; NPR West in Culver City, CA; and at our New York and Chicago Bureaus. The location for each internship will be listed in its description.

Many NPR Member Stations also offer internships: check your local station's website for details.

Housing solutions for DC interns:

For DC internship housing options, please visit the WISH website.

Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) locations house interns only, are furnished, in the historic District and Metro accessible. Receptions, outings and professional development events are free to all residents. ***WISH offers NPR interns a 10% discount on general rates for spring and fall semesters. Visit www.InternsDC.com or email Interns@InternsDC.com for more info!

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