Internship – NPR Radio Archives

npr archivesThe NYPR Radio Archives currently maintains a collection of more than 55,000 cataloged broadcast recordings dating from June 1927 to the present. These recordings cover the gamut of the station’s activities as one of the nation’s earliest public broadcasters. They include live concerts from venues around the metropolitan area, as well as public events and speeches covering the full range of political, cultural, and civic activities in and around New York City. Also included in the NYPR Archives are paper records, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, program guides, and scripts (copies and originals) dating from 1924 to the present. The collection also features vintage microphones and WPA commissioned artwork.

Since 1924, NYPR Radio has provided public radio listeners with award-winning educational, cultural, news and public affairs programming to the greater New York area and across the country. With more than one million weekly listeners tuning in to NYPR, our core audience comes from all five boroughs of New York City and beyond to at least 55 counties in three states.

This internship will provide an opportunity for a qualified student to work with the Archives’ staff on several ongoing digitization and access projects.  Over the course of the fall, the intern will learn the analog-to-digital transfer process, work within the Archives’ PBCore database, and help create content for the Archives’ website.

Internship responsibilities:

  • Cataloging broadcast material, cleaning and replacing tapes
  • Duplicating and quality controlling CDs
  • Reformatting archival recordings
  • Assisting Archives staff in organizing holdings in the vault
  • Identifying orphan materials


  • Excellent writing skills
  • Be familiar with public radio
  • Have an interest in audio archives
  • Have some familiarity with audio formats
  • Have some familiarity with the PBCore metadata schema
  • Have a good sense of 20th century history
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited library school or archives program to earn course credit
  • Must be consistently available for a minimum of 15 hours per week, between September 9th – December 13th.
  • Must have a proven willingness to learn new skills

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

To apply, please fill out the online form here: