NPR Internship Opportunities.
NPR Internship Opportunities. Following is a list of internship positions available at NPR. The specific internships offered vary from semester to semester. All internships are located in Washington, DC, unless noted otherwise beneath the title of the internship. 2011-12. NPR Internship Opportunities.
All Things Considered (Typically offered all three semesters)
Conducts research for daily stories and long-term projects; books interviews; retrieves archival tape; attends daily editorial meeting; and helps get the program on the air, which includes performing routine administrative tasks. He/she should have an interest in the news and be prepared to offer story ideas. A liberal arts background - an individual majoring in religion, history, art, etc. is preferred. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.
All Things Considered, Opinions (Typically offered all three semesters)
Works with All Things Considered on commentaries and opinions; assists with writing headlines and building Web pages. The ideal candidate is a news junkie with a flair for writing and the arts whose first instinct is to go to the opinion pages and read op-eds and essays. He/she should have good news judgment, and writing experience. Experience on a school newspaper is very helpful, op-ed page experience even better.
All Songs Considered (Typically offered all three semesters)
Helps produce Second Stage (previously called OpenMic) series using html, NPR’s content Management System, and Photoshop; auditions CD for possible review; contacts labels for CD acquisition; acts as liaison with Second Stage artists; helps secure clearances for use of material on site; researches and fact checks for artist reviews. Required: Strong writing skills; love of music; working knowledge of HTML; working knowledge of Photoshop. Preferred: experience in music-related field, for example: music degree or music study, radio DJ, music journalism or experience writing music reviews.
Arts & Information Desk Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Sets-up interviews; greets and escorts interview guests; logs tape; conducts story research for reporters and editors and participates in story production; sorts mail; answers phone; assists with development and maintenance of obituary project sound files; and participates in staff meetings and projects as required. Candidates should be interested in the arts, journalism, digital technology, history and other areas of cultural expression. Strong research skills, computer literacy, and knowledge of NPR programming preferred. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.
Audience Insight and Research Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Interested in first-hand exposure to media research and strategy? Consider an internship with our team, which acts as an internal research consultant to all NPR departments. Interns work closely with staff from across the organization to bring audience insights into the center of decision making. Tasks include analyzing listener habits and demographics, working with surveys, answering research requests from employees, and becoming familiar with databases like Arbitron and Nielsen. A keen ability to synthesize and present information (written and graphic) is important. Experience with survey work and research is a plus.
Audio Engineering Internship: (Typically offered in the Summer semester)
Shadows a Broadcast/Recording Technician to learn the operation of the record centrals and broadcast studios. Has the opportunity for hands-on practice on the technical equipment. Does simple feed recordings and mixes. Candidates with technical experience and/or background preferred.
Communications/ Marketing and Branding: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Assists in the planning and development of activities and materials designed to increase awareness of NPR stations and NPR programming among the widest possible audience and strengthen the image of NPR and its Member stations as leaders in the media industry and their communities. The intern will support the department in its work to strengthen station relations by creating materials (articles, press releases, advertisement, e-marketing content, etc.) for use in efforts to raise awareness, promoting listening, and increase revenue to Member stations; and responding to Member Station request for assistance and materials. Communications, marketing, or public relations major preferred. Experience using Microsoft Word, the Internet and general computer proficiency is required; previous office experience is a plus. Strong writing skills are required. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample.
Communications/Creative Design Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Works on graphic and web projects in conjunction with Creative Services staff; actively participates in creative and production process, organizes and maintains print and electronic files for the group; and assists in day-to-day administrative tasks. Graphic or Publication Design major needed. Experience using both Mac and PC platforms preferred. Solid writing, communications, and organizational skills required.
Communications/Media Relations Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Become a member of NPR's Media Relations team, and take part in the exciting and fast-paced work of media and publicity. As an intern in the Media Relations Department, you will learn about pitching print and broadcast journalists, developing publicity plans and writing press releases. The media relations intern will gain valuable experience by assisting in the publicity of NPR programs, personalities and breaking news. The intern will actively participate in researching media contacts, maintaining press lists and databases, compiling press kits and writing press releases and media advisories. Journalism, Communications, Public Relations or Marketing major preferred; experience using Microsoft Word, the Internet and general computer proficiency is required. Strong writing skills are required. Previous office experience is a plus. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a writing sample that clearly demonstrates creative writing skills.
Corporate Business Development: (Typically offered in the Summer semester only)
NPR's Business Development explores potential new revenue streams, analyzes potential investments, and internal business development opportunities to (1) strengthen NPR's existing businesses (2) maintain an interest in the developing new media and broadband environment and (3) strengthen and extend the educational mission of Public Radio. The position offers unique exposure to both the traditional media industry as well as the developing broadband and new media environment. Responsibilities include assisting in analyzing new media markets, evaluating business plans and opportunities, developing project plans, financial modeling and performing due diligence activities. The position works closely with each of NPR's Divisions to identify and facilitate new business development. The ideal candidate will be a current MBA student, possess an interest in and aptitude for NPR's core broadcasting and new media businesses, the ability to work independently and represent NPR with potential partners, the ability to perform strategic analysis of new media opportunities, experience and interest in technology, strong financial analysis skills, and strong written and oral communication skills.
Corporate Sponsorship Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Provides general support to Corporate Sponsorship Department. Helps update, assemble, and send out promotional and effectiveness materials to sponsorship representatives and sponsors; reviews underwriting credit affidavits from member stations and prepares discrepancy reports; and monitors member stations online for compliance with NPR sponsorship announcements and schedules. Requires proficiency with standard personal and office computing programs (knowledge of PowerPoint a plus), ability to perform tasks accurately under deadlines, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and organizational skills.
Development Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Join NPR’s growing Development team and gain valuable experience in fundraising, communications, and event planning. The intern supports the Development team in its overall fundraising efforts and plays an integral role in planning and implementing events at NPR's headquarters, including NPR's Weekend in Washington—a three-day event featuring guest speakers and NPR hosts and correspondents. The intern will have opportunities to work in major gifts, foundation and grants, event management, and board relations. Other responsibilities include a variety of writing assignments, research, office organization, and database management. Intern must be flexible, creative, and have the ability to manage projects independently. Interest in public radio and fundraising preferred.
Digital Media, Arts & Entertainment Editorial Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Edits and produces Web and podcast content for Books, Movies and other Arts sections on NPR.org. Assists with writing and editing news and feature coverage; assists in building Web pages and multimedia elements using HTML and tools such as Photoshop, Home site, Soundslides amd Sound Forge; researches stories and performs administrative tasks. Required: demonstrated record of creative accomplishment; demonstrated passion for books, movies and the arts generally; demonstrated excellence in writing and editing; creativity and ability to be flexible; ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline. Preferred: news writing and editing strongly preferred; experience with Web or multimedia production.
Executive Producer, Intern Edition Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Manages Intern Edition (student/intern) staff activities and production of Intern Edition audio program. Arranges and conducts interviews of candidates for Intern Edition senior staff positions; leads all Intern Edition staff meetings; oversees story assignment process; collaborates with Senior Editor in scheduling and enforcing deadlines; assists with reporting, writing, editing and music selections for the program; ensures a finished product (Intern Edition radio show) that is completed on deadline; works with supervisor in resolving logistical issues and other conflicts; and provides logistical support to Intern Edition Project Manager and NPR Professional Staff related to training interns for Intern Edition job duties. Senior level undergraduate or graduate student with degree in journalism or broadcast journalism; project management experience helpful; excellent and demonstrated writing and editing skills and verbal communication skills; strong organizational, leadership and interpersonal skills; resourceful and able to work well within a team as well as independently. In addition to the regular application items, candidates must submit a journalism-related work sample.
Finance Internship - Accounting: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Typically the intern will split their time in the General Ledger, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll departments; assist with data entry, bank deposits, filing of check copies, invoices and time sheets and researching customer inquiries; experience in Microsoft Excel and general computer proficiency is required and previous office experience is a plus
Finance Internship - Treasury and Investments: (Typically offered all three semesters)
The intern will assist with the monitoring and due diligence of NPR investment managers, support the building of performance materials including benchmark comparisons, and gain an overall knowledge of non-profit institutional investing and corporate cash functions. The ideal candidate is a business, finance, accounting or economics major with an interest in cash management or investments. Knowledge of Microsoft Excel is required.
Human Resources Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Assists the Staffing Office with writing weekly Employment Opportunities bulletin; processing resumes; and updating information in HRIS. Performs special projects under the direction of a staff member; assists with updating the Human Resources Intranet web site; works with staff of Benefits, Training and Employee Relations to perform special projects. Human Resources major preferred; experience using PC and Microsoft Office software preferred; solid writing, communications, and organizational skills required.
Information Technology Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters)
Under supervision, provide technical analysis, programming and support to users to include design, development, modification, problem resolution and short-term planning to meet business objectives. Creates Infopath forms to interact with back-end databases and Sharepoint portal server. Education requirement is nearing completion of sophomore year of Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems and Technology, or Computer Engineering Program; One year of related work experience desired; strong interpersonal skills; ability to work independently or as a member of a team; flexibility and adaptability to multiple changing priorities and familiarity with PCs running Windows 2000, MS Office, SQL, Visual Basic and relational database management concepts is necessary.
Legal/Office of the General Counsel Internship: (Typically offered all three semesters - multiple positions often available.) Legal interns are crucial contributors to the goal of the Office of the General Counsel (“OGC”) to provide high quality, cost-efficient, legal and related services to our NPR® clients to achieve its mission of service to the public. The OGC offers challenging and diverse work assignments for legal interns as it provides legal assistance to all the corporate divisions of NPR. Legal interns (law clerks) work on legal and policy matters concerning a nonprofit corporation and a radio network. The OGC handles a wide variety of legal issues, including (in no particular order of priority): FCC regulatory and other communications; First Amendment; Internet; various aspects of intellectual property, including music rights, content licensing, copyright, trademark, and patents; nonprofit tax; technology, such as software licensing; employment and labor, including Title VII, labor relations, and other aspects of the employer-employee relationship; and corporate law, as well as contracts in all areas. Law clerks are expected to contribute to all practice areas and they not only conduct legal research and prepare legal memoranda and other legal documents, but also participate in client meetings, legislative and regulatory meetings, and other “outside-the-library” projects, such as observing legal proceedings and attending legal training offered through the District of Columbia Bar Association or other local organizations.
Interns in the OGC also participate in an NPR-wide orientation and training program along with other interns in various divisions of NPR and also would have an opportunity during the summer, if they are so inclined and OGC responsibilities permit, to become involved in an in-house production and broadcast of Intern Edition, a news magazine completely staffed by interns. Legal internships at NPR are available only to law students. We prefer students who will have completed two years of law school by the time their internships start, though we will consider applications from law students who have completed their first year, at a minimum, if they have relevant background experience and strong legal research and writing skills. NPR offers legal internships throughout the year. They can be either funded or unfunded. Course credit may be obtained by arrangement with individual law schools. During the summer, we expect law clerks to work full time, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Spring, fall, and winter internships can be on a part-time (at least 16 hours per week) or full-time schedule.
In addition to the NPR Internship Application Form (available on the NPR website at www.npr.org/about/jobs/intern/internship_application.pdf), applications for legal internships must include:
a cover letter;
a legal writing sample;
names and contact information for three references (reference letters are not required), at least two of whom should be familiar with the applicant’s legal research and writing skills;
an unofficial law school transcript.
We consider applications for winter/spring and fall internships on a rolling basis during the year. Submit summer applications in the preceding January, after fall semester grades are available. Please submit applications either to the Human Resources Department – Internship Program, National Public Radio, Inc., 635 Massachusetts Avenue, Washington, DC 20001-3753, or to Greg Lewis, Associate General Counsel, National Public Radio, Inc., at the same address. (Please do not send applications by e-mail.) More information about the internship program at NPR in general is available at the internships page. If you have questions about NPR legal internships, please contact Greg Lewis at 202- 513 -2050 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.