Reflect America Fellowship

Employer NPR
Location Washington, DC
Type Internship
Apply by February 12, 2021
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Posted on January 13, 2021


The Reflect America Fellowship

NPR wants to look and sound like America, so we’re seeking a tenacious journalist to work with producers, reporters, hosts and editors to bring the eclectic voices of the country to our audience.

We’re looking for someone who stays on top of the news, is well-versed in a wide range of topics, and wants to learn and grow in one of the nation’s most dynamic news organizations. In this fellowship, you’ll find, vet and book a diversity of experts and everyday people for stories and interviews on the radio, online and in podcasts. You’ll train colleagues across a variety of topics, and you’ll do a reporting rotation with one of NPR’s news teams.

As a fellow, you’ll expand your skills and portfolio in an innovative newsroom with an unparalleled storytelling legacy. Come work and learn alongside journalists whose award-winning stories inform millions of people and provoke change.

This is a full-time, 12-month fellowship that begins on May 3, 2021. The application deadline is February 12, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET.


  • Work with editors, producers and reporters to find new, diverse voices and get them on the air, and into podcasts and online stories
  • Report for three months with one of NPR’s core News teams
  • Work with NPR researchers on our ongoing sourcing efforts, helping NPR and Member stations find new ways to keep tabs on the diversity of sources
  • Other duties as assigned


  • At least two years journalism experience (including internships and fellowships) in any medium
  • Fluency in digital journalism and social media platforms
  • Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • High-quality writing skills


  • A college degree or equivalent work experience


  • Fluency in another language, especially Spanish
  • Experience with sourcing and reaching out to subject-matter experts
  • Project management skills

Does this sound like you? If so, we want to hear from you.

What do I need in order to apply?
In lieu of a cover letter, each completed application must include answers to the following questions:

  1. How would you go about finding more diverse sources, particularly people of color?
  2. What three news stories do you think will be most important in 2021 (and why)?
  3. What people, accounts and outlets do you follow to stay informed?
  4. Tell us about a time when you pitched a story or a source that was rejected. What did you learn from that?
  5. Tell us about an NPR story you think would have been enhanced by more diverse sources. Who else would you have interviewed? Why?

Additionally please include: Up to five links of your best journalistic work, Contact information for two people who can speak to your work ethic, journalistic skills and passion for diversity, and your resume.

Apply here.