Join the summer 2014 intern cohort as we look back at the unforgettable experience of #NPRLife.
Name: Tanvi Misra
Internship Position: Code Switch intern
Hometown: New Delhi, India
College/University: University of Pennsylvania (undergrad), Medill School of Journalism — Northwestern U (graduate).
Major: Political Science and French (undergrad), Journalism (grad)
What drew you to NPR? NPR has always told human stories, and told them beautifully. That’s the primary reason I was drawn to it. That’s the kind of journalism I wanted to do.
What do you think separated you from other candidates applying for your internship? Since I grew up in India, I think that I may have had a slightly different perspective and that’s something that Code Switch was looking for. And I do a great stereotypical Valley Girl impression — I feel this was key.
Describe some of your day-to-day duties and responsibilities. I wrote web text for audio stories, managed projects like the Behind the Civil Rights Act project, worked on social media engagement and wrote stories for the blog.
What’s your commute to NPR like? I lived right next to Union on 2nd and Parker. It was a ten minute walk to work, which is great because I could sleep in.
Top three #NPRLife moments of your internship? Go.
1. When Shankar Vedantam sent an email saying he liked a piece I did.
3. When we saw that giant gummy worm near the ATC desk. And then we saw Melissa Bloch’s tweet about said gummy worm.
Favorite NPR show or podcast (or blog)? So many — pop culture happy hour, TED radio hour, All Songs Considered. Blog: Code Switch, obvi.
Favorite album or song right now? I was listening to Jenny Lewis’s new album Voyager on repeat a while back. #collegethrowback. I also like Foxygen’s song How Can You Really.
What did you work on this summer?
I worked on my karaoke skills.
Just kidding, these pieces:
How Turbans Helped Some Blacks Go Incognito In The Jim Crow Era
Words of wisdom for future NPR interns? Keep pitchin’ like it’s your job.
The Exit Through The (NPR) Gift Shop series is a continuous effort to showcase the diversity of young talent at NPR. Interviews were coordinated by Hugo Rojo. Photos by Colin Marshall.