Paid Spring 2018 Internship - NPR's Planet Money

Posted On: October 11, 2017

Journalism Internship

Media Organization: NPR

Company Description

NPR is a nationally acclaimed, non-profit multimedia organization and the leading provider of noncommercial news, information and entertainment programming to the American public. Launched in 1970 as a radio network by a group of public radio stations, today NPR is among the most successful news organizations in America and
a growing presence in digital media including podcasting, mobile applications and social media.

Job Description

Do you ever wonder about the future of work? Or trade deals? Or ask why a $60,000 handbag is always out of stock? Or what frozen chicken has to do with the price of pickup trucks?

Are you a regular Planet Money listener and fan? Are ready to hit the phones in search of the perfect character? To read the footnotes of CRS reports? To record the sound of a self-checkout machine over and over until you get it just right? To be proud of your weird interests and follow them as far as you can? To pitch story, after story, after story? To transcribe some tape? To write copy for and our social media accounts?

We’re a team of deeply curious economics and business reporters, and we love telling stories. We work out of NPR’s office in New York City (no Tiny Desk concerts here, sorry). We make two podcasts a week, and plenty of radio stories. Even though we’ve been around for awhile, we like to keep our show scrappy: To try new, ambitious things, all to help people understand their daily lives and the world.

We’d love to have you along for the journey, even if it’s just for a few months -- we love to teach, and we’re looking for someone who’s eager to learn.

If this sounds like something you can throw yourself into for a semester, please apply! We’ll be in touch.


-Pitch great stories

-Provide feedback at group edits and pitch meetings

-Write copy for for each episode

-Regularly post to Planet Money social media accounts

-Monitor Planet Money inbox and social media accounts for feedback from listeners and share with team

-Respond to listener emails, follow up on their story ideas

-Do research into your ideas, and ours

-Book guests

-Help with tracking reporter narration in studio

-Mix promotional materials

-Help identifying and preparing past episodes for rebroadcast


-Excellent writing, researching and analytical skills

-Ability to work independently, quickly and accurately, while under deadline pressure

-Web skills including knowledge of basic blogging software

-A natural interest in engaging audiences on social media

-Being easy to work with, even on tight deadlines

Preferred Skills:

-Knowledge of basic principles of economics and finance

-Experience with audio editing tools like ProTools or DAVID

-Experience with other tools like Photoshop

-Interest in creating data-driven blog posts

Please submit writing samples.



To Apply

Apply here:

Application Deadline: Sunday, Oct. 15 at 11:59 p.m. ET