NPR Training
Storytelling tips and best practices

We're hiring a (paid) photography intern

Note: We are no longer accepting applications for this position. 

We are looking for a current student or recent graduate to join us as photography intern on the NPR Training team in the spring of 2018. We make sure our interns have fun and get to work on meaningful projects that will serve their portfolios long after they’ve left us. Check out the full job description below.

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The NPR Training team supports high-quality journalism and storytelling at NPR and member stations. Public media journalists are busier than ever — and their jobs keep evolving. In this environment, it can be difficult to hone storytelling techniques, learn new tools, and find the space and guidance to experiment. The NPR Training Team exists to make all of that happen.

The team is multiplatform and offers training in audio and digital storytelling, audio production, social media, diversity, editing and more. Our training takes many forms: in-person workshops, webinars, visits to member stations and industry conferences.

The team shares best practices and tips on its website, The site is an open and growing resource that has found new audiences outside of public media, including journalism students and educators, other news organizations and non-profits.

Photography intern for NPR Training


The NPR Training site is a cornerstone of the team’s work, and strong visuals are critical to our continued success, for telling stories visually, illustrating sometimes abstract concepts and making our material more shareable on social media.

The photography intern will focus on two goals:

  • Serve as the primary visual journalist for the Training site. This may include covering the team’s in-person training events, photographing journalists in action or creating photo illustrations for the site.
  • Produce and improve training material on photo storytelling, including best practices, how-to guides and more.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to shadow and learn from NPR’s award-winning visual journalists, including our Tiny Desk Concert and Facebook Live teams.

Who is eligible?

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) or person who has graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship. Interns must be authorized to work in the United States.

Who should apply?

The photography intern should have experience in photojournalism, with examples of work. (Bonus points if you’ve done video, social media campaigns or graphic design.)

The NPR Training team is a collaborative unit, and our interns are expected to weigh in on the team’s work and contribute their own ideas. You should be a team player, an organized self-starter, and excited to experiment with new material. You also need strong written and verbal communication skills. Finally, you should be passionate about public media and the power of photography as a medium for telling stories.

What else should I know?

This position is based in Washington, D.C. All interns are paid $12.50 per hour. The amount received during the internship is based on hours per week and the length of the internship period.

The spring internship runs January 8, 2018 through April 20, 2018. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Find more information here.

How do I apply?

Please submit a resume and cover letter that includes a portfolio or links to examples of photo work. Your cover letter should show your passion for photography. It should be well-crafted and well-edited, underscoring the work that makes you proud.

Serri Graslie was the Senior Digital Strategist on the NPR Training team.