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Multimedia Intern, Visuals and Science Desks Fall 2022 - Spring 2023

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 (28 weeks). The program will be divided between the Visuals desk (Fall 2022) and the Science Desk (Spring 2023)
INTERN WILL LEARN AND BE EXPOSED TO: Interns will work on both the Visuals desk (Fall 2022) and the Science desk (Spring 2023). This internship is an opportunity to learn more about the world of photo editing. Our goal isn’t to make you into a photo editor; we view this internship as a chance for you to understand what it is like to be an editor and improve your visual literacy, which can help you become a better photographer.
On the Visuals desk, the intern will focus on editing and commissioning visuals for stories for news, national, culture, politics and podcasts. They will also work on content for our other visuals platforms including Instagram. The visuals desk intern will work across the newsroom and podcasts. On the Science Desk, interns will edit and commission visuals for stories on global and domestic health, climate change and general science. As one of the largest desks at NPR, interns will have the opportunity to work with over 30 reporters, producers and editors. 
  • Assists with the editing, layout and production of content through photos, video, illustration and animations for news, science, culture, Washington desk and podcasts.
  • Researching photos on wire agency websites like Getty Images and AP Newsroom; digging into public domain image archives; and sourcing imagery on creative commons for news and feature stories.
  • Works with the teams around the newsroom and podcasts to assist with visual story development including editing of staff and freelance photos
  • Shoot still and video for occasional field assignments or creative visual illustrations
  • Producing creative visual stories for social media, including Instagram posts and stories 
  • Routine administrative tasks including clearing image permissions
  • Attending editorial meetings
  • LOCATION: This internship will be fully remote. Must be planning to work from the United States throughout the Fall 2022/Spring 2023 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. 
  • Journalism, photography, or video courses
  • Excellent visual literacy skills, familiarity with AP caption style and basic understanding of image copyright.
  • Still and video shooting skills
  • Ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline pressure
  • A self-starter who can respond to feedback and editorial direction
  • Ability to pitch and execute original story ideas
  • The ability to exhibit creativity and to show flexibility in handling different kinds of assignments
  • Ability to work with a team.
  • Video and audio skills a plus 
  • Organizational skills
Monday – Friday 9am to 6pm 
40 hours a week (could be some breaking news work on nights or weekends)
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, cover letter, and portfolio to be considered. 
All interns must have authorization to work in the United States. 
NPR mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.
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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