From day one, 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.

We are looking for students and recent graduates who are intelligent, creative, and curious. We need strong researchers and excellent writers who work well on diverse teams and can also thrive with individual assignments.

Candidates don’t need to know everything about NPR or public radio, but it helps to be at least a little familiar. And, of course, it doesn’t hurt to love NPR.

For more details on unique requirements for individual internship positions (cover letter, writing sample, design portfolio for example), read each internship description in full before you apply.

Qualified applicants must be current students (undergraduate or graduate degree programs) or have graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship. We do not accept high school students. Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

How to Apply:

Visit our 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 up to three internships per semester. If you are uploading multiple cover letters, be sure to name each file for the corresponding internship title.

Internship Details

Pay and Academic Credit:

Interns are expected to work full time (40 hours per week).

All interns are paid.

NPR does not offer transportation or housing assistance.


Internship positions are offered at NPR’s national headquarters in Washington, D.C.; NPR West in Culver City, CA; and at our New York and Chicago Bureaus. The location for each internship will be listed in its description.

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