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National Spot Sales Team, National Public Media Intern – Fall/Winter 2022

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Across our organization, we’re building a workplace where collaboration is essential, diverse voices are heard, and inclusion is the key to our success. We are committed to doing the right thing in our journalism and in every role at NPR. This means that integrity, adherence to our ethical standards, and compliance with legal obligations are fundamental responsibilities for every employee at NPR.

Program Duration: October 3, 2022 - April 14, 2023

National Public Media (NPM) is the media sales division of NPR.
NPM offers the highest-profile public media sponsorship opportunities on NPR. Sponsorship offerings include flagship news programs like Morning Edition and All Things Considered, integrated presence on, NPR Podcasts, NPR Apps, and custom packages and event activation NPR Music and Events.

The sales teams represent NPR's radio and digital platforms. The ideal candidates have some experience working in a media sales environment, whether on the publisher or agency side, and are curious about the media industry, passionate about public media, detail-oriented, and have a proven ability to get things done.

  • Work with Sales, Marketing, Operations, and Research teams to learn how to manage the communication and success of a variety of projects and campaigns, both internally and externally 
  • Assist sales teams with proposal development, inventory clearance, billing procedures, client reports, etc., for both radio and digital platforms
  • Assist sales team with database management, e.g., Salesforce and Google Doc data entry and maintenance
  • Work with affiliate stations in developing and organizing strategic sales positioning points
  • Provide all-around coverage and process streamlining for a busy sales team - including researching opportunities and market trends, meeting preparation and gathering follow-up materials etc.
  • Conduct market research to identify prospects; gather marketing research and develop pitch decks for clients
  • Other special projects as assigned

  • LOCATION: This internship has the flexibility to be onsite at our NY, CA, or IL office.
  • 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 research skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, custom brand/client presentation and proofreading skills
  • Ability to learn new research database interfaces
  • Ability to collaborate with various departments and projects across the company including marketing, sales, finance and digital operations
  • The best candidates share these traits with our team:
  • Creativity, initiative, curiosity and flexibility – tempered by pragmatism, patience and acute attention to detail
  • Interest and passion for current media, marketing and digital trends
  • A friendly, can-do attitude and a good sense of humor
  • Ability to work well in a team environment that span a diverse group with a variety of personalities
  • Enthusiasm for public media, its mission and its programs – we love fans!

Applications close on Sunday, July 17th at 11:59 pm 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.  

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