StoryCorps

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world.

We do this to remind one another of our shared humanity, to strengthen and build the connections between people, to teach the value of listening, and to weave into the fabric of our culture the understanding that everyone’s story matters. At the same time, we are creating an invaluable archive for future generations.
Since our founding in 2003, StoryCorps’ team has expanded to include close to 100 employees nationwide. We are headquartered in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, with permanent StoryBooths located in Atlanta and Chicago as well as a MobileBooth that travels across the country recording stories.

Employees come from a range of backgrounds and fields and work together across our various departments to bring our mission to life.

At our core, we all believe in the power of listening, and the power of StoryCorps to change the world.

Designed with our interns in mind, the StoryCorps internship is intended to support professional development for each individual who is part of our intern cohort.

Starting with comprehensive training and orientation, interns are introduced to StoryCorps’ goals and mission, while also learning about the departments contributing to these goals.

Throughout the program session, interns will learn valuable professional skills. Our intern supervisors place special emphasis on growth and learning, beginning with individual goal setting at the start of each session. In addition, StoryCorps department leaders host a Lunch & Learn series devoted to intern professional development, discussing a range of topics including department overviews, career advice, and building professional skills.

StoryCorps interns are part of our team and will have an opportunity to participate in departmental meetings and contribute to the goals and mission of StoryCorps while you are here.

We have participated in the PICS program in the past and have had very positive experiences with Princeton interns.

City/State

Brooklyn, NY

Internship Description

Internship #1 Description - Marketing & Communications Intern:

StoryCorps' Marketing & Communications (M&C) Department is a fast-paced, creative, and highly collaborative team that creates messaging and promotes StoryCorps' mission, content, programs, products, and services to print, broadcast, and online media outlets. As the Marketing and Communications Intern, you will support the M&C team’s efforts in Marketing, Audience Engagement, and Public Support across all our channels.
Throughout the course of the internship, you can expect to become familiar with a wide variety of systems including MailChimp, WordPress, ZenDesk, SalesForce, and others. You will have the opportunity to join departmental meetings and learn how marketing messaging and campaigns are developed from idea to production. You will also be involved in key efforts around data collection and analysis that are crucial to informing the M&C team’s strategy.
This internship is an excellent opportunity to expand on research and analysis skills, to learn about writing copy and content creation, and to gain a comprehensive understanding of complex marketing campaigns.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Assist with content creation and maintenance on digital platforms, including social media accounts, YouTube channel, and StoryCorps.org via Wordpress
  • Produce and present reports on digital analytics and performance
  • Provide support with customer relationship management via ZenDesk
  • Perform research to support content distribution planning as needed
  • Conduct research and provide support for graphic designer
  • Provide other administrative assistance to the Marketing & Communications department, as needed

Internship #2 Description - Learning and Engagement Intern:

A department of StoryCorps’ Program Division, Community Training furthers the mission of StoryCorps by supporting both large-scale institutions and small grassroots organizations as they embed interviewing, recording, and listening into their services. A large portion of Community Training’s work is dedicated to StoryCorps Legacy, providing people with serious illness and their families the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories. Community Training staff work collaboratively with multiple departments at StoryCorps to consolidate the various skills, knowledge, and practices needed to train organizations to engage in recording and interviewing projects within their communities. 
At the end of the internship the Community Training intern will gain knowledge, skills, and experience in community outreach and organization. The intern will also gain experience in activities involved in the planning, coordination, and execution of an innovative, collaborative program housed within a large-scale oral history project.

WHAT YOU’LL DO

  • Listen to interviews for potential stories to edit and share
  • Create edited segments of interviews to share with community partners
  • Research and identify organizations serving diverse communities throughout the country
  • Prepare materials for partner training days
  • Assist with the archiving and processing of interviews, including data-basing, indexing, and sending participant packages
  • Research and identify partner-specific topics for the Community Training Resource Guide, including current issues, best practices, and cultural sensitivity
  • Plan quarterly “Listening Lunches” for StoryCorps staff
  • Promote StoryCorps Community Training to the public through presentations and/or tabling events
  • Manage the Community Training Press Portfolio, keeping all related press organized
  • Assist with the creation of educational tools and manual
  • Administrative tasks as needed, including taking minutes at bi-monthly meetings and entering evaluation materials from partner organizations into StoryCorps data systems

StoryCorps seeks to hire staff who reflect the diversity of the communities they serve. All positions at StoryCorps are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 6/6 - 8/12/2022 9-10:00am  5-6:00pm Yes No In-person

Housing Information

StoryCorps is headquartered in Fort Greene, Brooklyn—near almost every subway line and the LIRR at Atlantic Center.

Internship Qualifications

ABOUT YOU as an ideal candidate:

  • You are interested in oral history and the compassion that is possible through listening to others share their personal stories.
  • You have a strong attention to detail; you’re proactive and self-motivated.
  • You see the big picture; you’re able to problem-solve and multi-task.
  • Working with diverse populations interests you and you are respectful of those that are different than you.
  • You are intellectually curious and looking for a comprehensive understanding of organizational communications.
  • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • You are familiar with best practices on social media platforms.
  • You have a commitment to StoryCorps’ philosophy and mission.

MORE ABOUT YOU:

  • You are interested in the stories of others, and believe compassion is possible through listening to others share their personal stories
  • You are sensitive, resourceful, and enjoy both working independently and as part of a team
  • You pay attention to details, and have experience working with Excel
  • You have a passion for serving those with serious illness and a knowledge of hospice, disease-specific, and/or palliative care organizations, or an interest in learning more
  • You are interested in collaborating with community-based organizations
  • Bilingual proficiency in English and Spanish is preferred but not required

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Citizenship Requirements
  • Vaccinations

Additional information:

  1. Applicant must be located in New York state
  2. Our updated COVID notice as follows:

COVID NOTICE:

All offers of employment requiring on-site/in-person work will be contingent on the candidate being Fully Vaccinated (at least two-weeks after last dose) prior to starting their new role. As of December 27, 2021 by order of the Commissioner of Health and Mental Hygiene all employees working in-office are required to provide proof of the COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace. Reasonable accommodations can be discussed with HR personnel for individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to medical or religious reasons. Proof of vaccination status is required at the time of extending the offer.