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NPR’s Summer 2021 Internship Program will be fully remote.
Program Duration: June 1 – August 20, 2021
NPR is seeking an intern to support its narrative, longform podcasting work. This position will work across multiple shows, including Embedded (a documentary news podcast), Rough Translation (a narrative podcast featuring international stories), and Invisibilia (a narrative podcast that explores invisible forces).
This internship is an opportunity to work with multiple award-winning teams on all aspects of podcast production — including scouting for stories, booking interviews, conducting pre-interviews and interviews, researching, writing and assembling drafts, editing audio, and scoring. Additionally, the intern will learn how to promote the episodes on social media.
- Conduct research for stories we’re working on
- Log taped interviews and/or correct computer-aided transcriptions
- Call and pre-interview potential guests
- Book guests and arrange interviews via phone, Zoom, tape syncs, ISDN, etc.
- Pitch ideas and provide feedback at editorial meetings
- Monitor and publish on official NPR social media accounts
- Write digital copy for NPR.org versions of stories
- Monitor listener inboxes for feedback and tips from listeners
- Mix audio for promos
- Assist in fact-checking
- Give feedback on unfinished episodes in group edits
- Find archival tape for episodes
WHO CAN APPLY?
- LOCATION: Must be planning to work throughout the term of the Summer 2021 internship from the United States and authorized to work in the United States.
- EDUCATION: Must be a current student in an accredited degree program or a recent graduate of no more than 12 months from the month of the start of the internship.
- Strong interest in longform journalism and storytelling
- Curious about the news, current events and surprising ways to shed light on them
- Can handle multiple long-term projects and tasks at once
- Proficient on social media platforms, especially Twitter
- Audio production experience strongly preferred but not required
- Devours podcasts and thinks a lot about audio journalism
- Knowledge and comfort with ProTools is preferred but not required
Applications close on Friday, February 26th at 5pm ET.
Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. When you submit your application, include a paragraph on the most recent piece of narrative journalism that really hit you. It could be a radio story, a documentary, or a magazine piece. Tell us why you liked it, what made it so special compared to other stories about the subject, and what you took away from it, in terms of craft (something you might want to try in your own work).
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