At WETA, we have two different pathways into public broadcasting. Participants in our programs will gain educational and practical experiences in the field of public broadcasting and news journalism. We currently have two programs designed for college students and recent graduates. Each provides a unique perspective into the world of public media.
WETA’s unpaid internship program is offered year round and designed to provide students and recent graduates with an educational and practical experience in the workforce, specifically the field of public broadcasting. Intern schedules may range from full time to part time. Various departments offer internship opportunities at WETA ranging from Communications to TV Broadcasting, from Corporate Marketing to National Outreach.
Interns may also participate in events outside of their daily tasks, such as tours of other public broadcasting facilities, learning sessions with managers and opportunities to sit in on live broadcasts.
Internship sessions follow the below schedule:
- Spring Session: January – April
Application deadline: November 15th
- Summer Session: May – August
Application deadline: March 31st
- Fall Session: September – December
Application deadline: July 31st
Application deadlines are firm unless otherwise noted. All applications received before the deadline are considered in a comprehensive review that begins at the time of the deadline.
Applicants are contacted only if selected for an interview.
To be eligible, interns must be currently enrolled in a college or university or have graduated within 12 months from the beginning of the internship. Interns may receive academic credit for their internship if approved and arranged by their educational institution.
This is an unpaid internship. However, assistance with transportation expenses may be offered based on availability of funds. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements.
The News Assistant position is a paid, entry-level program designed for recent graduates and aimed at providing practical experience in a broadcast and digital news setting at PBS NewsHour. Each position is 6 months and is full time (40+ hours/week).
News Assistant opportunities are available in three areas:
For this position, we're looking for individuals with a passion for journalism. You will be exposed to all aspects involved in producing a nightly television news program. You must apply for unit-specific positions. Units available are Foreign Affairs, National Affairs, Politics, and Production; for more details see the application page. In addition to their daily duties, News Assistants attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization, including correspondents, producers, and reporters.
We're looking for a sharp, detail-oriented News Assistant with strong copy-editing skills and a solid editorial background to help with the daily production of our website. You will be working closely with our night digital production manager, video production assistant, online news editors and the Managing Editor to perfect transcripts of NewsHour broadcast discussions and other online content. You will also be prepping headlines and blurbs for the homepage and website indices, organizing and distributing email from viewers, assisting editorial and production staff with special projects and serving as backup for social media outreach and other duties.
The evening News Assistant, Online starts work at 2 p.m. As scheduling allows, you can work on enterprise news and arts coverage as approved by your supervisor.
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For this position, we’re looking for creative thinkers with visionary ideas on how to tell science stories using social media. During your tenure, you will be involved in creating social media and other online content for PBS NewsHour’s science team. This includes pitching ideas, assisting in story research and development and producing original content for PBS NewsHour’s website and social media platforms. You will be encouraged to explore existing and emerging digital platforms with the purpose of telling stories in new and innovative ways. You will also have the opportunity to attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization — including correspondents, producers, and reporters — and have the opportunity to research, interview, and write for PBS NewsHour’s Rundown blog in addition to your daily support staff duties.