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NPR’s Winter/Spring 2021 Internship Program will be fully remote.
Program Duration: January 11 – April 16, 2021
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.
Under the supervision and direction of NPR Visuals’ photo editors, the intern will assist with editorial selection and processing of photos for news & feature coverage on NPR.org. Additionally, the intern will have opportunities to pitch and cover stories, or work with reporters.
We’re looking for candidates that have a strong photojournalism background. An interest in editing, or experience with video/photo editing is a nice plus. It’s also helpful if you’ve completed at least one photojournalism-focused internship prior to applying (let us know if you have!), though it’s not necessary. A portfolio, however, is required.
We also want folks who can tell us what they would like to accomplish during their time at NPR. What do you want to learn? What do you want to try? We try to shape each internship around our intern, so we rely on you to tell us what goals you have for your time with us!
- Editing staff, freelance and wire photos – You’ll be working closely with the Visuals Team’s photo editors on fast-paced deadlines – we’re talking anywhere from 15 minutes to publication, to short-term projects that are a week out. You’ll dig into news coverage and photo research, learning how to communicate about what makes a good image across a range of news topics, including international, national, technology, arts and more.
- Post-production of photos for the website
- Researching and pitching original story ideas
- Learning to assign photographers and illustrators
- We also encourage each intern to create a self-directed project to work on throughout the semester. It can be an Instagram Story, video, photo essay, picture show story or anything in-between. You can work independently or with another intern or reporter.
WHO CAN APPLY?
- LOCATION: Must be planning to work from the United States and authorized to work in the United States throughout the Winter/Spring 2021 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.
- Excellent writing, researching and editing skills
- Ability to work quickly, accurately and under deadline
- Good news judgement and visual literacy
- Flexibility and creativity needed
- Strong photography skills
- Video and audio skills a plus
Applications close on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5pm 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.
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