NPR Training
Storytelling tips and best practices

We're hiring a paid editorial illustration intern

• October 18, 2019

Apply for the NPR Training Internship

We are looking for a current student or recent graduate to join us as an editorial illustration intern on the NPR Training team this winter/spring. 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 NPR 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.

Editorial Illustration 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. We’ll look to the illustration intern to tell stories visually, illustrate sometimes-abstract concepts and make our material more shareable on social media.

The intern will serve as the primary visual journalist for NPR Training. This may include creating illustrations for site posts, newsletters, social media and standalone projects.

You will be expected to conduct visual research, produce conceptual sketches, incorporate feedback and work under deadlines. You may also be asked to assist with other Training team projects, including events, conference planning and more.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to shadow and learn from NPR’s award-winning visual journalists.

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?

You should have an interest in journalism and a portfolio with editorial illustration work (bonus points if it also includes animation, graphic design and experience with art direction). You should also have an understanding of the social responsibility of image-making, with an eye for diversity and representation.

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 and an organized self-starter who is used to juggling multiple projects and excited to experiment with new material. Even though this is a visual position, you also need strong written and verbal communication skills. Finally, you should be passionate about public media and the power of illustration as a medium for telling stories.

What else should I know?

This internship is located at NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

All interns are paid. The amount received during the internship is based on hours per week and the length of the internship period.

The deadline to apply for the Winter/Spring 2020 internship is November 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The internship will run from January 13, 2020 – April 17, 2020.

Read more about the NPR internship program.

How do I apply?

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