Internship – Outreach and Community Engagement

Part time, non-exempt

Spring 2024 (January 8 – April 19)

Reports to: Sr. Director, Outreach & Engagement

Location: Hybrid

Description of Intern Work Responsibilities/Projects:

  • Research and write content for monthly education newsletter.
  • Work alongside Outreach & Engagement team on events and educational workshops to include onsite/virtual support, logistics, registration, marketing, distribution of follow-up materials, etc.
  • Market WETA local series, Get Out of Town and Signature Dish to community stakeholders.
  • Create and maintain community databases.
  • Work with team on the WETA PBS Kids Writers Contest.

Learning Objectives:

  • The process of outreach and engagement, from conceptualizing an idea to pitching it to stakeholders to executing the project.
  • A strong understanding of public media, potential careers and more specifically how local WETA differentiates itself from national WETA.
  • To expand knowledge and skills to develop and strengthen partnerships with local organizations, such as neighborhood groups, special interest groups, government, libraries, etc.

Specific Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, computer and research skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage technological transitions for virtual workshops.

Preferred Major:

  • Education (Early Childhood/Elementary)
  • English
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • 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.


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.