NPR Training
Storytelling tips and best practices

We're hiring a paid content strategy intern

This could be your desk. (Jenna Sterner/NPR)


We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

Questions? Email trainingteam@npr.org


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.

Content strategy intern for NPR Training

The NPR Training site (npr.org/training) is a cornerstone of our work. 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 nonprofits. To date, we’ve published more than 175 guides, case studies and more.

As our inventory grows, so does our need for a sharp content strategy — and we want you to help us develop it. In addition to working on our publishing calendar and social media strategy, we will ask you to grapple with questions like: How might we reach our online and in-person audiences differently with the same material? How might we repurpose existing material in new ways?

On an average day, your work might include producing a new site post in our CMS, managing an audience callout and optimizing an existing training guide to grow search referrals. You may also be asked to help with other Training team projects, including events, conference planning and more. You will be expected to operate under deadline.

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?

We are looking for someone who has strong skills in:

  • Writing (hi, English majors!)
  • Managing group projects
  • Getting the word out about awesome stuff

You should also be interested in:

  • Journalism
  • How adults learn
  • User experience

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 organized self-starter who is used to juggling multiple projects.

What else should I know?

All interns are paid $13.25 per hour. The winter/spring internship runs January 7 through April 19, 2019. The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 28 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please indicate if you have prior journalism experience (i.e. academic courses, professional, etc.)

Find more information about the NPR internship program here.

How do I apply?

Please submit a resume and cover letter here. In your cover letter, please briefly describe a time when you demonstrated the skills we mentioned above (writing, managing group projects, getting the word out about awesome stuff).