Military Veterans in Journalism is pleased to announce the third year of the MVJ-NPR internship collaboration. As part of the 2022 Fall/Winter Internship program, MVJ and NPR will select one military veteran to serve as NPR’s Politics and Here & Now Intern.
The selected veteran will spend three months working on the Washington Desk, where they’ll learn the ins and outs of political reporting. The other three months will be with the Here & Now team, where they’ll learn what it means to work on a daily news operation.
Interns at NPR are given real-world, hands-on responsibilities from their first day and work alongside top professionals. NPR’s internship program is normally highly competitive, with over 20,000 applicants in 2020. This program will be a great early career step for veterans working to advance within the news media – you’ll get valuable experience providing coverage across platforms and learn from established journalists.
Application deadline: July 10, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern.
The veteran intern will join the NPR Politics team covering the House, Senate and Biden administration across platforms – broadcast, digital and in the podcast space. At Here & Now, the intern will report to NPR’s deputy managing editors in Washington, who shepherd the network’s daily news gathering operation.
During the six-month program, interns will:
- Maintain the Washington desk calendar
- Conduct research for editors and reporters
- Fact-check the NPR Politics Podcast
- Build clipboards, log tape and write digital posts
- Research a wide variety of topics for Here and Now
- Assist in studio recording
- Book on-air guests for the show
- Produce content for radio and digital platforms
Interested candidates should note what NPR is looking for:
- 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 research skills
- Demonstrated interest in journalism, and in government and politics
- Computer literacy
- Good communication and organizational skills
- Ability to learn quickly
- Informational accuracy
- A keen intellectual curiosity and creative stripe are highly desired.
- Experience in a newsroom or in audio production (or both)
- Knowledge of NPR programming and platforms is preferred.
Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week for 6 months and will be paid throughout the internship. The program will be in-person in Washington, D.C. NPR mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment, subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.