StoryCorps (2 Positions)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name


Brooklyn, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Candelaria Duran '18, Thomas Hoopes '20, Gabby Taylor '18

Organization Description
Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 50,000 interviews with over 100,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages. 

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.

Our Core Principles:

StoryCorps is built on an uncompromising commitment to excellence throughout the organization that includes an intense focus on the collecting, sharing, and preserving of people’s stories; high-quality organizational management; and the care and support of an extraordinary work environment where respect and dignity are paramount.

  • The interview session is at the heart of StoryCorps. We treat participants with the utmost respect, care, and dignity.
  • StoryCorps maintains a relentless focus on serving a wide diversity of participants.
  • StoryCorps is a public service.

Internship Descriptions

Please note that you may apply to each of the following positions with a single PICS organization selection, however you must write a separate cover letter for each position for which you would like to be considered. Include all cover letters for this organization in ONE pdf document.

Position: External Relations Intern 
(Business Development)

External Relations is looking for an intern who is interested in experience this work at a broad level. The intern will have the opportunity to learn and understand all level of external affairs, from communications, marketing, government and fundraising. This includes both internal and external facing works.


  • Assist in the internal functions of the External Relations department
  • Events: work with this team on the 2015 Gala
  • Marketing: work with M&C director in the coordination of marketing materials
  • Institutional Giving: prospecting donors and filing
  • Database: help in migration of database
  • Government: assist in setting meeting with elected officials in NYC and Washington, DC

We are looking for someone interested in public relations, marketing and fundraising. A political science/sociology/liberal arts major is a benefit. An individual who is intellectually curious and wants a better understanding of organizational communications.

At the completion of this internship, the intern can expect to gain experience in marketing, public relations, development and database management.

  • How marketing materials are developed, from idea to production
  • How nonprofit use social media to forward their mission
  • How potential donors are prospected, cultivated and asked
  • How database management can make all efforts manageable and increase productivity

Position: Web Development Intern

StoryCorps’ Information Technology department is a small and dedicated team of professionals who work very closely with all departments in our organization. The Information Technology Web Development intern will assist in updating and editing content for, uploading videos and media to sites like YouTube and Vimeo, compiling social media and web traffic statistics, and assisting in other web-related projects as necessary.

Projects may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Write custom HTML, PHP, JavaScript for existing web applications.
  • Assist in troubleshooting issues on web-based systems.
  • Back up web-based systems and test disaster recovery scenarios.
  • Assist in migrating data, websites and servers.
  • Provide technical support related to web-based systems.
  • Provide general tech support for other IT-related issues as needed.

We are looking for someone with strong computer skills, very strong interest, and a passion to learn. Some experience with WordPress, HTML, and CSS is required. Familiarity with PHP, JavaScript, jQuery and Apple Macs is preferred but not necessary. Must have ability to work independently as needed.

The Web-Based Systems Information Technology internship offers practical work experience and an introduction to creating and editing web-based content. This internship will involve challenging opportunities, real technical projects, and interaction with staff. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the web-development field. This internship provides an opportunity to gain experience with the technical operations of a mid-sized media nonprofit.

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
6:00 pm

Required Dates
6/4/18 - 8/31/18

Internship Length
10 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
There are always temporary sublets in the Brooklyn area and we would be able share resources to help students find housing. 

Interns could use the below links to find housing in the BK area.

Evaluation Excerpt

My work environment was welcoming, comfortable, and stimulating. The people who work at StoryCorps are all highly intelligent, kind, dedicated people, who love to talk about the work they do at StoryCorps, and who love to share their interests outside of the workplace. I was always included in office-wide parties and events, as well as social gatherings among my co-workers. I definitely felt like an integrated part of the staff.
—Candelaria Duran '18

My job was in development, not as much in media, so I was always more concerned with the logistics of keeping StoryCorps running rather than the content at its heart. I did my best to listen to interviews in my spare time, but there were many stretches were I was working on projects that had no involvement with the stories themselves. The minute I took a break to listen to some stories, however, I was reinvigorated, reminded how important StoryCorps existence is.
—Thomas Hoopes '20

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program