Search form


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 31st

Fall Session: September - December
Application deadline: July 31st

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


Interns in the Communications department provide support on a variety of assignments which may consist of marketing, writing, and event preparation. Interns will have the opportunity to be involved in one or more projects including:

  • Assisting in the implementation of the national promotional plans for new documentaries from Ken Burns and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
  • Assisting in event planning and audience-building for a premiere event in D.C., with a variety of promotional objectives.
  • Helping in the development of designed materials for events.
  • Developing local social media strategy for events and the broadcast premiere.
  • Helping identify promotional opportunities and prepare press materials (research, writing and editing) for National Performance Specials, as well as actively pitch the project to press and assist during the production taping itself.
  • Helping Classical WETA 90.9 FM implement promotional strategy, including in-person appeareances for Classical hosts and other promotional events.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Communications, English, Journalism, or History. Possess creative writing skills while being a concise writer/editor with solid proof reading and research experience (professional or academic). Highly detail oriented with demonstrated strong organizational and time management skills, and has excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Knowledge of social media platforms/usage, public media, public relations (PR), marketing and/or promotion is strongly desired. Experience planning/working events is preferred.

Corporate Marketing

Corporate Marketing department interns will have the opportunity to learn the interworking of WETA’s marketing strategies. Interns will assist in the creation of marketing decks and sheets for local and national sales. Interns will also learn how to conduct market research using a variety of platforms including Nielsen Media Research, Nielsen Audio, MRI, Kantar Media and Radio Research Consortium. Additionally, interns will assist with market scanning of current market environments including qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Social Science. Possess graphic design or visual communication skills with a background in statistics or research. Must have strong familiarity with PowerPoint and Excel. Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite a plus.

Digital Media: Local History

Local History interns work within WETA’s Digital Media team to develop content for the Boundary Stones local history blog ( 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. This position will require traveling to various local destinations in the NOVA/DC/MD area.

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 –,,,, and – while expanding their knowledge and understanding of current educational practices. 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 software such as: 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, Broadcasting, or History. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to handle a variety of activities simultaneously. Knowledge of public broadcasting is a plus.

National Programming 2

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 in this role will gain knowledge of how national productions are developed from conception to completion. Interns will assist with various marketing and programming projects including research, learning how to draft pitches, and communicating with corporate sponsors.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Marketing or Communications. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; excellent research skills desired. Must have strong familiarity with PowerPoint. Knowledge of public broadcasting is a plus.

Outreach and Community Engagement

Interns in the Outreach Department provide support on a variety of assignments that may include writing, events management, data compilation, marketing and web research. Interns will support major outreach events that may entail managing materials and content for individual events. Examples of Outreach Department projects include: WETA Kids educational programs Ready To Learn and Where Literacy Begins, the WETA Veteran's Initiative and upcoming Ken Burns documentary projects.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English, Marketing or Education. Excellent written and oral communication skills along with strong organizational and computer skills including Internet research are essential. Event coordination and research experience preferred.

WETA Television Broadcasting

Interns in WETA’s Television Broadcasting department will have the opportunity to assist the producer and associate producer on production of WETA local documentaries. Interns will support producer and associate producer on shoots and edit sessions as needed, research potential stories, prepare and send files for transcription, and run tapes between crews and editors. Additionally, interns will help organize and maintain production binder of documents and assist with taking production stills during shoots. 

Interns will also assist with social media and outreach efforts for the Television Broadcasting department. This includes reaching out via social media about local productions such as teasers for upcoming productions, assisting with promoting WETA programs on WETA TV 26, WETA HD, WETA UK, and WETA Kids (highlights and tune-ins) using social media, and assisting with research as needed.

Qualifications: Preferred major in Communications, English, Media Studies, or a related field. Interested in public broadcasting and television production. Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills. Experience and familiarity with social media platforms and television production techniques. Must be well organized with attention to detail.




Connect with WETA

  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest