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Research, Archive and Data Music Metadata Intern


NPR Research, Archives & Data Strategy’s (RAD) Olympus team is seeking a Music Metadata intern. You will work closely with the product owner of Orpheus, NPR’s music and spoken word database. We are evaluating the product’s content, features and more, so you will have a chance to influence the future of music storage and retrieval at NPR. Team Olympus uses Agile Methodology (Scrum) to plan and execute software development.

Essential Duties:

  • Propose, evaluate and test new features or bug repairs for database.
  • Create and edit music metadata.
  • Evaluate quality of music metadata from open source or commercial sources.
  • Participate in daily scrum to keep Olympus team members up to date with progress.
  • Participate in bi-weekly presentations for the rest of the RAD team and other Olympus stakeholders.
  • Regularly check in with product owner regarding tasks, ongoing progress and objectives.

Why Internship at NPR matters

A thriving, mission-driven multimedia organization, NPR produces award-winning news, information, and music programming in partnership with hundreds of independent public radio stations across the nation. NPR listeners value information, creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility – our employees do too. We are innovators and leaders in diverse fields, from journalism and digital media to software design and development. Every day our employees and member stations touch the lives of millions worldwide.


Our best internship candidates are passionate about metadata, music and information science. You should be good at managing your time and deadlines, communicating in all ways digital and non, and working accurately – both on your own and with others on our team.

We do not expect you to tick off all of these boxes, so tell us in your cover letter and resume about your:

  • Background in music; formal education in music information retrieval and/or library and information sciences
  • Experience creating and editing metadata – preferably music metadata
  • Knowledge of digital audio file formats
  • Flexibility with respect to working on multiple projects and shifting priorities
  • Ability to balance attention to detail and accuracy with an understanding of “the big picture”

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

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