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NPR Diverse Sources Intern - Fall/Winter 2022

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. The NPR audience values information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – and our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to IT and development. Every day, our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide and that includes our interns. 

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. 
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

INTERN WILL LEARN AND BE EXPOSED TO: Come help NPR do the kind of journalism that reflects the rich diversity of the country. You’ll work in one of America’s most dynamic newsrooms, and learn to vet sources and match them to important news stories. The Diverse Sources Intern maintains and adds to the Diverse Sources Database, a resource created for NPR and public radio journalists. You will also write the Source of the Week newsletter.

  • Research expert sources and build source profile pages
  • Help newsroom editors and producers as requested on sourcing for daily news
  • Write weekly email newsletter featuring the Source of the Week
  • Use social media to promote the database
  • Maintain and update the profiles in the database 
  • LOCATION: This internship has the flexibility to be onsite at our Washington, D.C., office, fully remote, and/or a hybrid version of the two based on the intern’s preference. Must be planning to work from the United States throughout the internship dates. 
  • 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 written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong social media skills
  • A passion for news and an interest in matters of race, ethnicity and culture
  • Basic web production
  • Basic photo editing
  • AP style
  • Copyediting and fact-checking
  • Basic audio editing
  • 40 hours per week on weekdays, though we have flexibility if the intern is a current student.

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

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and answers to the questions below to be considered. All interns must have authorization to work in the United States. 
Please include at least three clips with your application, preferably published ones, OR a link to your portfolio. 
Instead of a cover letter, please answer the following questions in no more than 250 words each.
  • Why do you want this job? Be specific.
  • Tell us about a project you're proud of.
  • How would you go about finding diverse sources?
  • Tell us what's missing from the Diverse Sources Database.
  • Why should we hire YOU? Please give concrete examples that illustrate why you're a uniquely qualified candidate.
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NPR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. NPR is committed to being an inclusive workplace that welcomes diverse and unique perspectives, all working toward the same goal – to create a more informed public. Qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, religious belief, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, lactation, and reproductive health decisions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, transgender status, gender non-conforming status, intersex status, sexual stereotypes, nationality, citizenship status, personal appearance, marital status, family status, family responsibilities, military status, veteran status, mental and physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, genetic characteristics of yourself or a family member, political views and affiliation, unemployment status, protective order status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other basis prohibited under applicable law.

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