As part of the national public broadcasting system, New England Public Radio (NEPR) brings its 188,550 weekly listeners acclaimed news and entertainment programs like All Things Considered and Morning Edition, and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. Our locally produced programs feature classical, jazz, and world music, and our own award-winning regional news. Our mission is to provide the area with diverse news, information, music and cultural programs of the highest quality. NEPR is committed to programs that entertain, educate, and inform in a lively, provocative, varied, and sensitive way. We help listeners explore and enjoy the world around them and enhance the quality of their lives.
Internship opportunities are available in all areas of station operations; please see the list below. These opportunities are designed with two purposes in mind: to provide experience in the student’s area of interest and to help NEPR meet its operational needs. NEPR will conduct an initial screening of applicants and contact finalists for interviews. NEPR offers paid internships at our Springfield studio. Priority is given to students from the Five Colleges (UMass Amherst and Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges) and students attending colleges in Springfield, Holyoke and Westfield. In addition, three paid internships per year are available to students from Berkshire Community College.
Applying for an Internship at NEPR
Internships are offered for a minimum period of one semester with the expectation of 8-10 hours per week of student time. An internship may be renewed for an additional period. Applicants must complete the NEPR Internship Application Form. A cover letter, writing sample (if applying for news, marketing or digital media internships) and resumé are required. If you have questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines for internship applications:
- Fall Semester: September 6th for Media Lab, September 15th for other internships, or until filled
- Spring Semester: December 15th, or until filled
- Summer (late May/early June through August): April 1st, or until filled
News – Applicants should be interested in journalism and public affairs, familiar with news writing and digital audio production, comfortable interviewing newsmakers and enjoy working under deadline. Students will work alongside NEPR’s experienced news team, learn the basics and get on air. Familiarity with NPR programs and public radio style is preferred. An understanding of basic web production is a plus. Two of these positions per semester are based at NEPR's Springfield studio, with preference given to students from the Five Colleges. One position per semester is based at NEPR's Berkshire County bureau in downtown Pittsfield, with preference given to Berkshire Community College students.
- Pitch story ideas to the News Director
- Schedule and perform interviews in the studio, by telephone and in the field
- Report, voice and mix spot and feature-length stories for broadcast
Digital News – Applicants should be interested in journalism and public affairs, social media, web production, web development, familiar with news writing, comfortable interviewing newsmakers and enjoy working under deadline. Students will work alongside NEPR’s experienced news team, learn the basics and practice researching, writing and publishing web stories, photography, video and social media posts. An understanding of basic web production, web tools, photography and video is preferred. Familiarity with NPR programs and public radio style is a plus.
- This position is based at NEPR's Springfield studio, with preference given to students from the Five Colleges. Pitch story ideas to the Digital News Editor
- Edit and produce web stories, photography, video and social media posts
- Research and report stories on air or online
Production – Applicants should have excellent writing and above average computer skills. This is a good internship for a student who wants to work in broadcasting, but not necessarily in journalism. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Audio production using Adobe Audition
- Project Organization
- Persuasive Writing
Marketing – Applicants should have a general knowledge of marketing strategies and above average computer and writing skills. Students will gain experience in the following areas of non-profit marketing:
- Database maintenance
- Assist with production of reports
- Event planning assistance
- Management of online networking activity including Facebook and Twitter
Marketing - Social Media of Podcasts – Applicants should have a general knowledge of marketing, basic digital photography abilities and above average writing skills. This is a good internship for a student who wants to work in marketing and learn about social media strategies. An interest in podcasts will be helpful as this internship will focus on publicizing NEPR podcasts. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Creating and implementing social media campaigns across multiple platforms
- Monitoring social media analytics
- Covering live and online podcast events through social media
- Learning about social media storytelling
Digital Media – Applicants should be interested in content creation and production as well as have above average computer and writing skills. An understanding of basic web production is a plus. This is a good internship for a student interested in audio recording, video editing, and photography. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Work with audio engineers to acquire recordings (music and voice)
- Audio Production
- Video capture and editing
Music Library – Applicants should have knowledge of classical music and strong computer skills, particularly using data bases. This internship works with the station’s classical music library and is ideal for candidates with a background in music and an interest in data base management or library science. The intern will work with the library’s physical and digital assets including ripping CDs into the automation system and downloading music from online sources. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Classical music programming
- Maintenance of an extensive music data base
- Maintenance of an active music library
Media Lab – Applicants should be interested in journalism and public affairs (including issues inner city youth typically face), familiar with news writing, comfortable working with high school students and enjoy being part of a team. Experience working as a teacher or aid in a classroom is a plus. Alongside NEPR’s media lab director, interns work directly with high school students, helping them to develop story ideas and take those stories from inception to production. Interns will learn the basics of radio journalism, including sound editing and production. Two intern positions per semester are based at NEPR’s Springfield studio, with preference given to students from the Five Colleges.
- Attend and help facilitate group meetings with students at the station and area high schools
- Accompany students out into the field to gather sound for stories.
- Work one-on-one or in small groups as students develop their stories
Accounting/Finance – Applicants should be majoring in accounting or finance, proficient in Excel and comfortable learning new software. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Accounts payable and receivable
- Making deposits via on-line banking
- Creating financial reports
Administrative Assistant – Applicants should be interested in administrative support and office management. Applicants should have above average Microsoft Office skills as well as an understanding of Adobe Acrobat. A basic understanding of digital platforms such as Google Docs, Box, and Dropbox, etc. is a plus. This is a good internship for a student interested in learning the way a public radio station works. Students will gain experience in the following areas:
- Volunteer Coordination
- Board of Directors Administration
- Office management and support