Ready for an internship like no other? NPR interns play a vital role in NPR's daily operations in almost every division of the organization - from NPR News and Music, to Communications and the Office of the General Counsel. Our interns work alongside experienced staff members to gain unparalleled experience in their chosen field and contribute their talents and energies to NPR's mission.











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The Facts:

Our internships are offered throughout the year during the following time periods:

Winter/Spring: Early January-Late April (16 weeks)
Summer: Early June-Mid August (10 weeks)
***The Summer 2013 semester will run from Monday, June 3 to Friday, August 9

Fall: Early September-Late December (16 weeks)
***The Fall 2013 semester will run from Monday, September 9 to Friday, December 27

Our internship openings are posted and open to receive applications before the beginning of the semester.

Legal internships in the Office of the General Counsel have different application dates and requirements. Click here for details.


A candidate must be a graduate student, an undergraduate student or a recent graduate (must have graduated from college within twelve months of the beginning the internship semester).

Internship applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

The Application Process
Candidates must submit applications online (paper applications are no longer accepted) and should include a cover letter and resume. Some openings require additional application items. Please review internship descriptions in full to determine if additional applications items are required such as writing samples, transcripts, etc. 

After applying, you may also log back in, click "Update your profile", scroll to the bottom of the page where you are able to upload additional documents.

You are welcome to apply for a maximum of 3 internships and will be prompted to specify your additional preferences through the online application process.

Application Deadlines*:

- Applications must be submitted by November 15.
Summer - Applications must be submitted by March 29 .
Fall - Applications must be submitted by July 5.

*Application deadlines are subject to change.  Follow us on Twitter at @NPRjobs to receive information and deadline updates.

Our Stipend Program
NPR interns are paid through a stipend program as follows:

Fall and Winter/Spring semesters (16 weeks) - $5,500

Summer semester (10 weeks) - $3,500

General Information:

Interns may receive academic credit. Unless otherwise noted, all internship opportunities are offered at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C. And don't forget that our Member stations offer internships of their own. See their websites for details.

You can find information about Washington, DC housing options by clicking here.

So are you ready to take the first step towards interning at NPR?  Click here to search for our open internship opportunities and submit your application!

Interested in an NPR internship opportunity but the application deadlines have passed?  No problem!

Click here to view a full list of the internships we offer and their descriptions.  Please note:  Each internship listed is not open during each semester.  Please search for available openings during open application periods (listed above).

Further questions?  Please click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions or contact our internship staff at


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