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Short Wave/Education Desk Intern- Fall/Winter 2022

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Program Duration: October 3, 2022 - April 14, 2023
If you are passionate about education and science, this is the internship for you. You will do a rotation both with NPR Education Desk and with NPR’s daily science podcast Short Wave.
Every weekday, Short Wave gives listeners a better understanding of the science around them in around 10 minutes. We may do it through an engaging conversation, a sound-rich story, or maybe a fun explainer off the news. We also aspire to reach new and diverse audiences by making science accessible and relevant to everyone. An ideal intern candidate is detail-oriented, creative, curious, open to learning, and ready to jump right in. The internship is mainly fact-checking, but you will definitely do a little bit of everything - writing, production and engagement. A science background and a sense of humor are pluses.

The Ed desk focuses on how learning happens in America, through radio stories, blog posts, various forms of multimedia and through social media. During your rotation you will work with our 8-member team, pitching and researching stories, writing for and the NPR Ed newsletter, helping correspondents line up interviews for their stories and helping the editorial team plan and strategize. You may even help the team launch the next phase of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge.
  • Fact-check episodes 
  • Pitch episode ideas
  • Research, book guests, and write interview questions
  • Assist in episode audio production
  • Assist with podcast promotion, including social 
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Writing blog posts and copy for our website, and writing for our weekly education newsletter.
  • Assisting NPR reporters, producers, and correspondents with production.
  • Monitor Short Wave’s e-mail inbox
  • LOCATION: This internship will be fully remote, though if you are near an NPR bureau, we can arrange for some in-person if you’d like. You must be planning to work from the United States throughout the 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. 
  • TECHNOLOGY: Must have access to reliable internet.
  • Must have excellent research and written/verbal communication skills 
  • Ability to work independently, quickly, and accurately
  • Easy to work and collaborate with, even on tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated interest in science, education and creative storytelling
  • Audio production
  • Knowledge or background in science and/or education
  • Some newsroom experience
  • This is a 40 hour a week job, which hours have some flexibility based on your timezone, but must fit within our daily production schedule. 
Applications close on Sunday, July 17, 2022 at 11:59 pm ET. 

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you. All applications must include a resume and cover letter to be considered. All interns must have authorization to work in the United States
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