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Internships

WETA offers a wide variety of internship opportunities designed to provide students and recent graduates with knowledge and practical experience in the field of public broadcasting.

In addition to working in their assigned departments, interns are exposed to various aspects of public broadcasting through educational events such as lunches with managers, station tours, and opportunities to sit in on live broadcasts.

Internships are offered throughout the year to coincide with the typical academic calendar. Internships range from 15-40 hours per week, depending upon the needs of the intern and their assigned department. The approximate timeline is as follows:

Spring Session: January - April
Application deadline: November 15th

Summer Session: May - August
Application deadline: March 1st

Fall Session: September - December
Application deadline: July 1st

Application deadlines are firm unless otherwise noted below. 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.

WETA's internship program offers no compensation; however, assistance with transportation expenses may be offered based on availability of funds. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

 

Available Internships

Communications

Interns in the Communications department provide support on a variety of assignments that may include marketing, writing, event preparation, and data compilation. Interns will also support major promotional events that may entail working with several internal departments on event management, publicity, and promotion. They may also have the opportunity to assist at Classical WETA promotional events, conduct preliminary research for upcoming films by Ken Burns, assist with the preparation for WETA's National Performance specials, and/or assist with the distribution of information to press.Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in one or more of a variety of projects including:
Assist in the implementation of the national promotion plan and coordinating local social media strategy for the upcoming series The Story of Cancer, from Ken Burns and Stand Up to Cancer.
Identifying opportunities to promote and prepare press materials for WETA's fall National Performance Specials.
Help implement promotional strategy for Classical WETA 90.9 FM

Qualifications: Preferred major in English, History, Communications, or Humanities. A successful candidate will possess creative writing skills while being a concise writer/editor with solid proof reading and research experience. They will also be highly detail oriented with strong organizational and time management skills with excellent written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of social media platforms/usage, public media, PR, and/or marketing is strongly desired.
 

Digital Media: Local History

Local History interns work within WETA’s Digital Media team to develop content for the Boundary Stones local history blog (http://blogs.weta.org/boundarystones). This blog includes articles, photos and video related to the history of Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia and the notable events, personalities and happenings that have shaped WETA’s local community. Interns will assist in identifying, researching and writing content pieces for the website and making contacts with local history organizations and professionals. Interns may be required to make research trips to local libraries, archives and historical societies.

Qualifications: Preferred major in History or Museum Studies. Interest in local history and community. Excellent writing and research skills and careful attention to detail required. Knowledge of HTML and web blogging platforms a plus.

Digital Media: Local Web Video

Local web video interns work within WETA’s Digital Media team to plan, shoot and edit short (3-5 minute) documentary style web videos about interesting local personalities and subjects. Interns will assist with brainstorming topics, identifying interview subjects, setting up video shoots, shooting interviews/b-roll with DSLR cameras, and editing footage. Interns may be required to make trips to various local destinations.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Film or Journalism related fields. Interest in the local community and the art of story telling. At least 1 year of experience shooting and editing video. Excellent writing and research skills and careful attention to detail required. A positive attitude and availability on occasional nights and weekends is needed. Experience with Final Cut Pro preferred.

Learning Media

Web interns in WETA’s Learning Media department will have the opportunity to contribute to five vibrant educational multimedia web services – AdLit.org, BrainLine.org, ColorinColorado.org, LDOnline.org, and ReadingRockets.org – while acquiring behind-the-scenes knowledge of video and audio production. Will also help promote new content through social media and assist in general administration of the various sites.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Education, English, Web Development, Digital Media, Media Arts, or a related field. Must have outstanding written and oral communication as well as creative thinking skills with an acute attention to detail and quality in all work. Experience with professional online social networking and video editing software such as: AVID, Final Cut Pro, Hootsuite, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Knowledge of Adobe Flash, Photoshop, illustrator or dreamweaver is a plus. Fluency in Spanish is also a plus.

National Programming

The National Programming department develops and produces series such as In Performance at the White House, Ken Burns programs, and many other interesting projects. Interns will assist with activities involved in project development including research, writing and communicating with project partners to gain exposure to how projects evolve into public television programming.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Communications or Broadcasting. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to handle a variety of activities simultaneously. Knowledge of public broadcasting a plus.

National Programming: Washington Week

Working on the weekly national program, "Washington Week with Gwen Ifill", the intern will research various national and international news stories and issues for live, weekly national news analysis program.  Participate in editorial meetings.  Monitor and log live news events; log and archive video clips from past shows for use on the broadcast as well as for use in various web features.  Assist in the production of website updates and webchats and guest relations.  Assist producers with script and rundown preparation and other control room duties during the live broadcasts. 

Qualifications: College junior, senior or graduate student interested in pursuing a career in broadcast journalism with a preferred major in Journalism, Communication, English, Political Science, or New Media. Must have a solid academic record, strong communication skills, and knowledge and interest in national and international news and politics.  Self-starter who is able to take direction, work independently and multitask.   Strong organizational and computer skills including Internet research essential.  Web and video production skills helpful.   Must be available to 3-days a week including Thursdays and Fridays.  Friday schedule is until 9pm.   

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