Internship – Digital Media, Local History
Full time, non-exempt
Compensation: $15.00 per hour
Summer (May 15, 2023 – August 18, 2023)
Reports to: Director, Digital Projects
Application deadline: 3/31/23
Description of Intern Work Responsibilities/Projects:
Local History interns work within WETA’s Digital Media team to develop content for Boundary Stones, WETA’s local history initiative. Through articles, photos, video and social media, Boundary Stones seeks to highlight the notable events, personalities and happenings that have shaped the Washington, D.C. area’s past. Interns’ responsibilities include:
- Brainstorm and pitch article/content ideas for the Boundary Stones website (https://boundarystones.weta.org/).
- Conduct historical research using primary and secondary sources.
- Write articles for the Boundary Stones website.
- Locate historical photos and videos and determine permissions for use.
- Create social media friendly Boundary Stones content such as quizzes.
- Help administer the @BoundaryStones Twitter account, promote Boundary Stones content on Twitter, respond to tweets and participate in larger conversations about local history.
- Update the Boundary Stones promotional calendar.
- Participate in weekly meetings with the larger Digital Media team.
- Expand knowledge of Washington, D.C. area history including racial and class dynamics, notable events, neighborhood development, influential figures, etc.
- Grow critical thinking skills through thoughtful interrogation of historical sources.
- Sharpen writing skills, specifically non-academic, narrative-style prose suitable for a general audience.
- Develop a greater understanding of social media voice and techniques for managing a brand Twitter account.
- Become familiar with the world of public media.
Specific Skills Required:
- Excellent writing and research skills.
- Careful attention to detail.
- Interest in local history and community.
- History, English, Museum Studies, or Journalism
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.
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