So You Want to Work in Public Radio...

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. Their 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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One highlight of the NPR internship program is Intern Edition, a multimedia program produced, promoted, and launched entirely by interns. The program is the hallmark of our internship program, and the debut of each edition is an organization-wide celebration. Experience the most recent program here. Also, look back at the semester before that.

Take a look at NPR's internship opportunities, and let them know how you can support public radio work.
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General Information:
Internships are offered during the summer, fall, and winter/spring semesters. Interns are expected to work full-time, 40 hours per week, during the 10-week summer semester and between 10 and 40 hours per week during the 16-week fall and winter/spring semesters. Interns may receive academic credit. Internship positions are offered at our national headquarters in Washington, D.C.; NPR West in Culver City, CA; at the New York and Chicago Bureaus; and in Boston, MA.

Internship Semester Dates:
Winter/Spring: early January - late April
Summer: early June - mid August
Fall: early September - late December

A candidate must be a graduate student, an undergraduate student, or have graduated from college within 12 months of beginning the internship. NPR internship applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.

Application Procedures:
Candidates must submit an online application (paper applications are no longer accepted) to include a cover letter and resume. Some internship positions require additional application items, such as a writing sample. Please save your cover letter and writing sample as one docuemnt and upload into your online application, where requested. You are welcome to apply for multiple internships and will be prompted to specify your additional preferences through the online application process. The NPR Internship Program staff will screen applications citing multiple internships and direct the application to the opportunity best aligned with your background and interests.

Application Deadlines:
For the summer program, applications must be submitted by February 15; for the fall program, applications must be submitted by July 15; and for the winter/spring program, applications must be submitted by November 15.

Questions? Please contact the NPR Internship Program staff at

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