Brian Lehrer Show Internship, Fall 2020 (Remote)

Internships New York City, New York


Interns at NYPR are given a robust internship program with hands-on responsibilities.  The goal of our internship program is to provide our interns with substantive, meaningful work experience so that each intern concludes the internship period with demonstrable skills in his/her area of interest, plus knowledge of public radio, in general.  The Brian Lehrer Show is WNYC’s Peabody Award-winning news/talk program, The show serves as a town square for New York and beyond, with newsmakers and agenda-setters, journalists and listeners conversing at length on the local, national and international news and cultural and social trends of the day.

What your internship will entail:

  • Call-screening
  • Checking in with guests
  • Pitching ideas
  • Providing research assistance and basic audio editing
  • Website content maintenance
  • Social media outreach
  • Performing various menial tasks that are essential to the daily running of the office


  • Some journalism and office experience is preferred, but not required.
  • Applicants should be highly motivated self-starters who can work in an environment of live news radio.
  • Applicants should be aware of news and political affairs in New York and beyond.
  • Website production skills are a welcome addition; please note them in your cover letter.

Send us a resume and cover letter. We also ask that you answer the following questions (in your cover letter or as a separate attachment):

  1. Describe two of your favorite BLS segments, and why you liked them. (Previous shows are archived on the website.) 
  2. Describe a subject area or neighborhood that you think doesn’t get enough coverage on the show. 
  3. Suggest two story ideas for the BLS, from this week’s news. (One short paragraph each) Feel free to suggest a guest or guests. 
  4. What other shows do you listen to / websites do you visit regularly?

Any student (undergraduate or graduate) or person who has graduated no more than 12 months prior to the start of the internship period to which he/she is applying. Because this is a paid internship, interns must be authorized to work in the United States and must be working from one of the following locations while working for NYPR:  CA, CT, GA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, NH, NJ, NM, NY, PA, WI, Washington DC. 

Interns are eligible to receive college credit.

Please submit cover letter and resume. New York Public Radio must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy.

New York Public Radio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites and encourages qualified applicants from all walks of life.