Want To Be An NPR Intern?

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.

Join NPR 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. 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.

Important Dates

Summer 2022 internship applications will go live the week of December 13, 2021. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 14, 2022 at 5PM ET. All applicants will be notified either way by beginning of March 2022.

Internship Details

NPR’s Summer 2022 Internship Program will be 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.

Summer 2022 Term: May 31, 2022 – August 19, 2022

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

Pay: All interns are paid $15.20 an hour. NPR does not offer transportation or housing assistance.

Who Should Apply: Qualified applicants must be current students or have graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship. 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 the 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.

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.

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