Internship – Communications

Part Time, non-exempt

Spring 2024 (January 8 – April 19)

Reports to: Executive Producer, Special Projects

Location: On-Site

Description of Intern Work Responsibilities/Projects:

WETA seeks a part-time Communications intern for the Spring 2023 semester. The intern will support the WETA Communications team as we develop and execute communication plans, messaging, and events that effectively engage internal and external audiences in the D.C. area and across the national public media system. This intern will support the communications and marketing efforts for films/projects produced by WETA and distributed to national audiences, as well as those created by/focused on the local market. Please note that this intern will not work directly with NewsHour Productions. The WETA Communications team works in a hybrid work environment, but the Communications intern will be an in-office position in WETA’s Arlington, Virginia office, with occasional off-site event work possible. The intern will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours a week.

  • Researching media contacts, writing pitches/releases and making pitches to contacts
  • Watching clips/screeners, writing descriptions for TV productions
  • Reviewing photos, selecting and seeking approval of photos, writing captions/descriptions
  • Writing blurbs/articles about tv, online and classical music programs for WETA Magazine, Annual Report and other publications
  • Assisting with public and virtual events to include registration/RSVPs and onsite support
  • Tracking and reporting on media coverage

Learning Objectives:

  • How to apply learned writing skills to real-life publications and situation
  • The process of media relations, from writing to pitching to follow up
  • An understanding of the public media system and the opportunities for careers in the field

Specific Skills Required:

-Excellent writing and editing skills

-High levels of organization and attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines

Preferred Major:

  • Communications, arts management, marketing, or humanities discipline (theater, film, visual arts, history, etc.

**Please submit a Cover Letter with your application to be considered**


WETA and NewsHour Productions are Washington, DC established media and news organizations. We are a largely local workforce based out of the Campbell Place office in Arlington, VA. WETA and NewsHour Productions value employee flexibility when possible. Most positions based in our Arlington, VA office will be onsite or hybrid, depending upon the role.


WETA and its subsidiary NewsHour Productions LLC serve local and national public media audiences by producing and distributing content of intellectual integrity and cultural merit. Through broadcast, digital and community services, the organization offers compelling, diverse programming on five television channels, including primary channel WETA PBS, and on WETA Classical, the exclusive home for classical music in the nation’s capital; produces a portfolio of national television productions, including PBS NewsHour, recognized globally for bringing balanced, in-depth news coverage to all Americans; creates impactful documentaries with longtime production partners Ken Burns and Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; features a variety of content offerings on, WETA Passport, the PBS Video App and the WETA Classical App; and serves communities near and far with education and engagement initiatives that contribute to the company’s mission of public service.


WETA and NewsHour Productions are equal opportunity employers committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and internships. WETA and NewsHour Productions make hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.