Saturday, February 14, 2015

Internship Opportunities. Voice of America.


Are you motivated, hard-working, and enthusiastic? Maybe you should think about becoming a VOA intern!

General Information

  • Location: Washington, D.C.
  • Eligibility: Current enrollment at an accredited college or university, though exceptions are occasionally made for outstanding high-school students
  • Deadline: Rolling (6-12 weeks before desired start date)
  • Compensation: Voluntary and unpaid (though a transportation stipend is provided)
  • Credit: College credit is available, depending on student's school
  • Fields: Engineering, Journalism, Language Broadcasts, Public Relations, Special English, TV Technical Studio Operations,TV to Africa, and Information and Library studies.
  • Benefits: Provides "real world" experience in a diverse and dynamic international broadcast organization

Interns accepted into the program will be required to submit a security form two weeks prior to their start date.  All answers must be typed. Access the form through the following link:

* Note to international students: Unfortunately, we are unable to assist in the procurement of United States visas.

Internships By Department

Creative Services

  • Fields: branding, advertising, marketing, graphic design, animation, and production
  • Duties: research advertising, marketing, and promotional campaigns for different platforms; conceptualize and produce campaign components; plan projects; and design methods to promote the Voice of America and its products
  • Interests: advertising, marketing, promotions, graphic design, and animation
  • Requirements: an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university degree program, with creativity; excellent skills in writing and communication; energy and initiative; the ability to multi-task; and the ability and desire to learn
  • Application: Send resume, cover letter and a brief, ideally pertinent, writing sample to Michelle D. Harris ( Social media experience preferred.
  • Apply in February-March for Summer internships, in July-August for Fall internships, and Oct.-Nov. for Spring internships.

Technology, Services, and Innovation (TSI)

  • Fields: broadcasting/Internet technology, computer support, international business planning, project financial analysis, audience/media research, and geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Duties: tailored to the skill/interest level of the intern, including technical (engineering design or computer programming), analytical (data base research), or business support (international market research) projects (nb. TSI manages broadcast transmission, program delivery, and technical support; TSI internships do not entail any work in the studio with cameras, microphones, etc.)
  • Interests: engineering, technology, business
  • Requirements: some engineering, technical, or computer background, strong analytical/mathematical skills, ability to problem-solve
  • Application: send resume and cover letter to Terry Balazs (

Note: TSI also offers a few paid summer internships to full-time students (U.S. citizens only) with appropriate technical qualifications.

Language Programming

  • Fields:  Journalism, Broadcasting, Communications, International Relations, Government
  • Duties:   Research and production of daily audio, video programming, series, special reports, social media and mobile (45 languages). Depending on intern’s assigned team, duties may include: research for stories or profiles, news events, features and special topics; camera work; interviews; logging; transcription; organizing footage; collection of b-roll; writing; editing audio/video.
  • Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university degree program, creativity, excellent research, writing and communication skills, energy and initiative, ability to multi-task and a desire to learn new skills.
  • Application: Send resume, cover letter expressing desired focus of internship. Please state if you are a native language speaker in any of the 45 languages in which we broadcast.  Apply to:

Public Relations

  • Fields:  public affairs, communications, writing, event planning, website management
  • Duties: research and draft web articles and press releases, lead VOA studio tours, communicating with outside media, event planning, and promoting Voice of America projects and programs
  • Interests: public affairs, international relations, journalism, website content management
  • Requirements: enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate college or university degree program, excellent writing and communications skills, interest in international news, energy and initiative, ability to multi-task. Experience with photography, blogging, posting to websites, or social media campaigns preferred.
  • Application: Send resume, cover letter, and a brief, ideally PR-related, writing sample to VOA Public Relations (

Learning English

  • Fields: Journalism radio, television, Internet, social media, teaching
  • Duties: writing news-related stories using a limited vocabulary for English learners; audio production, web article posting and social media audience engagement.
  • Interests: current affairs, journalism, English teaching
  • Requirements: excellent writing, research and social media skills
  • Application: send resume, cover letter, transcript(s), and two writing samples (news-related or features items) to Hai Do (

TV Technical Operations

  • Fields: television studio set-up and operations, broadcast system engineering, videography,
  • Duties: assisting TV technicians in setting up and operations in lighting, audio, camera control, video tape playback, and floor direction; assisting in the project management, design and installation of broadcasting systems and facilities; assisting mobile camera teams in capturing news events
  • Interests: general television studio operations, broadcast system engineering, electronic news gathering
  • Requirements: general knowledge of and interest in television studio production and field camera operation; familiarity with production and technical terms; background and/or study in electrical or electronics engineering or systems project management
  • Application: send resume to Bernard Hayes (

TV to Africa

  • Fields: television production
  • Duties: write daily show descriptions for our TV Facebook pages, assist with various video field shoots, edit various projects on Final Cut Pro and DaletPlus editing systems, run teleprompter for live TV shows, videotape logging, topic research, guest recruit, guest greeting, and other duties.
  • Interests: television production, international and Africa affairs, journalism.
  • Requirements: research experience, demonstrated interest in Africa and international affairs, communications skills, ability to meet deadlines and to work under pressure.
  • Application: send cover letter and resume to Roblyn Hymes (

Workplace Engagement

  • Fields: Business, communication, leadership, intercultural communication, broadcasting or liberal arts
  • Duties: event planning, event photography, drafting articles for the employee newsletter, conducting interviews for the newsletter, attending and taking notes at meetings, posting content to the intranet site (SharePoint), analysis and compilation of data (in Excel spreadsheets) plus possible social media postings. Please note that some of the information that the interns see is confidential and interns are expected to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Interests: communications, international relations, business, writing.
  • Requirements: Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a college or university degree program. Flexible on the degree program, but most relevant for business, communication, international or intercultural communication students. Students should be familiar with Microsoft Office products.
  • Application: send cover letter and resume to Nancy Coviello (

Media Asset Management Branch 

Video, Audio and Print Library Collections Assistant:

  • Fields: Library science, Media Asset Management; Radio & Television broadcast production, Collection Development; Archiving; Musicology**
  • Duties: May include all or some of the following activities: shot-level cataloging of video content; responding to producer requests for video, audio or textual background material; search internal databases, indexes and digital asset management system; search internet or agency subscription databases; assist with circulation procedures; assist with processing stock footage, audio, or music materials into the collection; assist research staff to pull and cue video content; assist with video retirement processes including inventory listings, updating collection data and shelf-reading or applying labels and barcodes; assist pairing script and other associated information with digital assets.
  • Interests: Media collection management; current news and international affairs, other subject specialties related to broadcast communications; special libraries
  • Requirements: graduate or undergraduate study in Library Science, Communications, Broadcast journalism, musicology or related major, detail oriented; good communication skills.
  • Application: send resume and cover letter to Pam Commerford, Media Asset Management Branch Chief  ( )
  • **For Ethnomusicology majors - special opportunity to work with our collection of legacy African Music recordings in the Leo Sarkisian collection.  This is a joint project by the English to Africa Service and theArchive and Research Service. Contact Heather Maxwell, Multi-Media Production Specialist,  for information on this project

Program Acquisitions Assistant:

  • Fields: Television
  • Duties: Screening and logging video programs; editing new program masters on FCP and AVID; locating and keeping track of programs to be edited; following guidelines given for specific programs; prepare and/or adapt scripts for a number of acquired programs used by VOA language services in their television programs.
  • Interests: Television production
  • Requirements: Undergraduate in television broadcasting; FCP and AVID editing skills; familiarity with production and television technical terms, attention to detail, organizational skills, communications and writing skills, and ability to work under pressure.
  • Application: Send resume and cover letter to Jorge Bustamante, Chief of Acquisitions Service (

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