StoryCorps (3 Positions)

by justineh

PICS Organization Name


Brooklyn, New York

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

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

Organization Description

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. 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 StoryCorps Student Internship Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program who are interested in gaining valuable experience in a creative, fast-paced nonprofit organization — ideally, for school credit as part of their degree requirements. Please note that we do not currently accept applications from high school students.
StoryCorps interns bring a diverse set of experiences, skills, and most importantly, a willingness to learn and to contribute to our mission and goals. 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. As part of that mission, StoryCorps actively works to ensure our programming is inclusive of people of all backgrounds and beliefs. We are committed to developing a staff that matches the diversity of the communities we serve, and we encourage internship applications from people of color and the LGBTQ community.

Our interns take part in a supportive and collaborative work environment at our headquarters in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, or at our offices in Atlanta, Georgia (at the Atlanta History Center) or Chicago, Illinois (at the Chicago Cultural Center).
Access: All interns have the unique opportunity to participate in departmental meetings and contribute to the goals and mission of StoryCorps.

Training: Interns receive a comprehensive week-long training and StoryCorps orientation, including exposure to all departments, initiatives, and tiers of service.

Development: Interns learn valuable professional skills during their time at StoryCorps. Intern supervisors place special emphasis on growth and learning, beginning with individual goal setting at the start of each session. In addition, StoryCorps sponsors a bimonthly lunch series devoted to intern professional development. During each “Lunch & Learn,” department leaders present on a wide range of topics, including department overviews, career advice, and building professional skills.

•Our program runs in three sessions: Spring (from January through May), Summer (From June through August), or Fall (from September through December).
•StoryCorps student internships require a commitment of 10-20 hours per week.
•StoryCorps student interns may arrange to receive school credit upon program completion.
•Student Interns will be required to provide an official copy of their student transcript.
•StoryCorps student interns also benefit from mentorship from their StoryCorps supervisor, a robust professional development program (including workshops on cover letters, resumes, and interviewing skills each session), and valuable experience in StoryCorps’ fast-paced and creative work environment.
International Applicants: Individuals who are not U.S. citizens, but who reside in the U.S., may participate in the StoryCorps internship program if (1) if they are lawful permanent residents; or (2) if they are non-immigrant aliens with F-1 or J-1 visa status, who are bona fide students residing in the U.S. solely to pursue a course of study at a recognized, approved institution of education.
All foreign national intern applicants will be required to meet the following criteria for consideration:
•Must either be a Lawful Legal Resident of the United States or hold a valid F1 Visa.
•Interns must present acceptable documents are listed on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (pg.9). At least one submitted document must be a valid State or Federal government-issued picture ID. Identity proofing may be completed at any time, prior to the commencement of work.

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)

StoryCorps’ External Relations department is looking for an intern who is interested in learning about to institutional marketing, communications, and fundraising functions at a non-profit, and contributing to these capacities to help further StoryCorps’ mission. StoryCorps External Relations division encompasses marketing and communications, corporate sponsorship and development. The student intern will have an opportunity interact with all of these functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in regular meetings about marketing and communications strategy and planning
  • Assist with content creation and maintenance on digital platforms, including social media accounts, YouTube channel, and via Wordpress
  • Produce regular reporting 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 for graphic designer
  • Provide prospect research and administrative support for Institutional Giving department
  • Assist in planning the annual StoryCorps Gala (summer/fall session only)
  • Provide other administrative assistance to the External Relations department, as needed

Ideal Candidate

We are looking for someone interested in communications, marketing, and fundraising who is intellectually curious and looking for a comprehensive understanding of organizational communications. Requirements: excellent written and verbal communication skills, interest in and engagement with media and society, proficiency with learning new digital platforms, and commitment to StoryCorps’ philosophy and mission.

Value of Internship

At the completion of this internship, the intern can expect to gain experience in marketing, institutional communications, development, and customer relationship management, including:

  • How marketing messaging and campaigns are developed, from idea to production
  • How organizations engage with their audiences and interface with funders to forward their mission
  • How customer relationship management systems (CRMs) are used to interact with the public
  • How potential institutional and individual donors are cultivated
  • How the functions of a non-profit organization are organized and managed

Position: Community Training (Community Development)

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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Projects may include, but will not be limited to:

  • 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 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

Ideal Candidate

Sensitivity, resourcefulness, strong attention to detail, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital. Familiarity with Excel and/or FileMaker Pro is a plus. Passion for serving those with serious illness and a knowledge of hospice, disease-specific, and/or palliative care organizations are preferred but not required. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish and an interest in serving community-based organizations are highly preferred.

Value of Internship

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.

Position: Recording & Archive (Journalism and Media)

The StoryCorps Recording & Archive Department maintains the in-house archive of materials, coordinates transfers of materials to the Library of Congress, and manages the upkeep of recording venues and equipment. The Recording & Archive team is looking for two interns to assist with the administrative tasks associated with managing its archive, database, and audio recording equipment.

Duties & Responsibilities
Projects may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Support data maintenance and metadata cleanup within our archival database
  • Prepare interview paperwork for digitization and long-term storage
  • Compose blog posts featuring full-length interviews for publication on our website
  • Manage with internal research requests from Production
  • Transfer material to radio station partners for local broadcast
  • Share collection subsets with universities, libraries, and repositories nationwide
  • Perform equipment inspections, research, and testing
  • Special projects based on the department’s needs and intern’s interests
  • Additional organizational and administrative projects depending on departmental needs and intern interests

Ideal candidate

  • Self-motivated with the ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with computers and basic level of proficiency in working with new technical equipment is required; Mac OSX experience is preferred
  • Experience or interest working with recording equipment and familiarity with basic digital photography equipment is helpful

Goals of the Internship

This internship provides an opportunity to gain experience with the administrative tasks necessary to support archival processes and recording operations in a non-profit setting.


Sensitivity, resourcefulness, strong attention to detail, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital. Familiarity with Excel and/or FileMaker Pro is a plus. Passion for serving those with serious illness and a knowledge of hospice, disease-specific, and/or palliative care organizations are preferred but not required. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish and an interest in serving community-based organizations are highly preferred.

Must be currently enrolled in a course of study at a college or university and have necessary work authorization.

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
6:00 pm

Required Dates
6/3/19 - 8/9/19

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

 I think StoryCorps is initiating systemic social changes in a very creative way. From the surface, all StoryCorps does is providing a space where two people can talk with each other. However, by creating initiatives that reach out to groups who have had marginalized voices in the past, StoryCorps is incorporating systemic social changes. —Hayoung Park '20

Applications for Summer 2020 will open in November 2019. 


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


Make sure to read the eligibility criteria and requirements prior to submitting an application. Here