As shared in this post yesterday, we're talking with a few NPR staffers who were once NPR interns. For the next four days until the August 8, premiere of Intern Edition – an intern-led, web-based program – we'll share the first impressions, advice and stories that made their intern experiences as memorable as our own.
Question: NPR interns have the chance to share meeting rooms and hallways with some of their favorite hosts, reporters and other staffers at NPR they admire and follow. What person at NPR were you most excited to meet, and how do you remember that moment as an intern (and fan)?
Audie Cornish/Doby Photography/NPR
Current Title: Host, All Things Considered
Internship: National Desk in 2000
Current Title: Administrative Coordinator, Programming
Internship: Development Special Events in 2008
Jason DeRose/Ed Schoenfeld
Current Title: Western Bureau Chief, NPR News
Internship: Washington Desk in 1995
Current Title: Editorial Assistant, Talk of the Nation
Internship: Weekend All Things Considered in 2009
Current Title: Production Assistant, NPR Berlin and Sirius/XM, Programming
Internship: Arts & Information Desk in 2007
Jason DeRose: "I am a big fan of Noah Adams, so I was probably the most excited and most nervous to meet him. I remember that he asked me about how I liked Minnesota (where I was in college at the time)."
John Asante: "Since I was a fairly new listener of public radio when I started my internship, I had maybe a few handfuls of names to go off of. Still, putting a name to a face in the form of Andrea Seabrook was pretty awesome.
"It was a few hours before a Saturday edition of Weekend All Things Considered, and Andrea walked through the All Things Considered area to say hi to a few friends. She thought I was an ATC producer (which happened many more times that summer), and we started chatting.
"From the sound of my last name, she guessed I was Ghanaian, and we then chatted about Ghana for about 10 minutes. Ever since that first encounter, we've been meaning to meet up for some food from my home country...hopefully that will happen one day."
Sara Richards: "I think I was most excited to meet (or hear in person) Robert Siegel and Scott Simon. When I was an intern, I sat next to the vending machines on the third floor that used to sell this particular brand of seltzer they both liked to drink.
"So very frequently I would be working at my desk, with my back to the vending machines, and they would walk by, stopping to chat with a colleague, and it was like hearing the voice of God behind me. I didn't want to turn around. Those voices can't be coming out of real people, right?"
[Editor's Note: In Washington, D.C., NPR staff are spread across three different office buildings on the same block. The studios are in the building informally known as "635" and many of the staff on the business side of the organization—like Anna—are in the "7th Street" building.]
Anna Sebok: Both as an intern and during my permanent employment at NPR, I have "lived" over on 7th Street, so I wasn't able to meet as many folks as other interns did.
"Anytime I had the opportunity to ride the 635 elevators was exciting – somehow I managed to meet Melissa Block, Michel Martin, and Don Gonyea all on the 635 elevators as an intern.
"Right before I began my internship, I set a goal for myself to meet Robert Siegel...and having friends who were ATC interns definitely helped make that happen. I'm pretty sure I wasn't able to do anything but smile and whisper a meek "Hi."
Audie Cornish: "Hah! I think Robert Siegel (sorry Robert). At one point during my internship I saw him getting one of his seltzers from the upstairs café and nearly jumped out of my skin. Remember this was before Google Images people.
"But also Vertamae Grosvenor — a really wonderful writer and story teller. She and Art Silverman let me sit in on an edit. It was the first time I'd seen that process up close and it pretty much set the standard in terms of collaboration. I was working on the National Desk, but after that I really wanted to be a show producer!"
Megan Johnson is interning at NPR this summer in the NPR Communications Division.