Intern, Digital Media: Social Media (1 opening)

Department: Digital Media

Supervisor: Lacy Baugher, Interactive Content Producer

Status: Non-Exempt, Internship

Duration: January – May

Hours: 40 hours/week – flexible schedule

Application Deadline: December 15, 2022


The social media intern works within WETA’s Digital Media team to develop engaging, sharable content for WETA’s social media channels including our primary brand accounts, our Boundary Stones local history project accounts, and our Telly Visions British TV and Culture accounts. Priorities include promoting WETA’s on-air broadcasts and digital content, spotlighting WETA’s community initiatives, and highlighting local history events and stories. With guidance from Digital Media staff, the social media intern will draft social media posts and tailor them for various platforms; find photos and memes; develop quizzes and polls; and respond to comments from social media followers. Specific channels include WETA Facebook, @WETATVFM Twitter, @WETATVFM Instagram, @WETAPBS YouTube Community Tab, @BoundaryStones Twitter, @BoundaryStones Instagram (currently in planning stages), @Telly_Visions Twitter and Telly Visions Facebook.


  • Preferred major in English, Communications, or Marketing
  • Creative thinker who is comfortable using Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube
  • Interest in media and broadcasting
  • Interest in local history and community
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Careful attention to detail


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 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 prioritizes the safety and security of our community. In accordance with our focus on providing and maintaining a safe workplace, we have adopted a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees working in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office and employees who may reasonably or occasionally be called to work onsite, subject to business needs.

In accordance with this policy, all applicants for employment in a WETA and/or NewsHour Productions office are required to be up to date on vaccinations against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Requests for exemption from this policy based on a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief will be considered upon a conditional offer of employment. Reasonable accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

WETA and NewsHour Productions is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees pursuant to applicable law. This policy complies with all applicable laws and is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health authorities, as applicable.


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.