Current Positions

Internships are typically available during the summer and fall months and positions are posted up to 6 months in advance.  Students apply for internships directly to the contacts noted in the positions descriptions, not to the WPCF.  Requirements vary and are specific to the hiring news organizations.  This page is updated regularly as positions are announced.  

INTERNSHIP--PBS NewsHour - Broadcast Desk Assistants

Duration: six-month term (January  – July ). Location: Arlington, Virginia.

The Desk Assistant (DA) position is part of a six-month entry-level program designed for recent graduates and aimed at providing practical experience in a broadcast news setting. The DAs are exposed to all aspects involved in producing a nightly television news program. Desk Assistant duties are rotational among the different units that compose the NewsHour.  To be considered, please email ztreu(at)


Broadcast Desk Assistant duration: six-month term (January 12th, 2015 – July 17th, 2015). Location: Arlington, Virginia.
The Desk Assistant (DA) position is part of a six-month entry-level program designed for recent graduates and aimed at providing practical experience in a broadcast news setting. The DAs are exposed to all aspects involved in producing a nightly television news program. Desk Assistant duties are rotational among the different units that compose the NewsHour.
Over the course of the program, each of the Desk Assistants hired will work in three different units for a period of two months each. They also act as support staff for Senior Producers, Associate Producers, Reporter-Producers and Production Assistants by answering phones, sorting mail, distributing papers and other administrative tasks. Finally, Desk Assistants will attend a series of breakfasts with various members of our organization including correspondents, producers, and reporters.
Each DA will work in three of the following rotations for a period of two months each.
FOREIGN AFFAIRS / NATIONAL AFFAIRS / POLITICS The Beat DAs perform a variety of duties, including providing basic research, finding and pre-interviewing guests, logging feeds, and aiding reporters, producers and correspondents with whatever they need.  In the evening, the National Affairs and Politics DAs work on script production and in the control room during the taping of the show.
LOGGING The Logging DA logs and manages incoming feeds from the Associated Press Television Network (APTN). They also log press conferences and hearings as needed, create posts for the NewsHour’s Rundown blog, and join reporter-producers on video shoots. Along with the Newsdesk DA, they also answer phones and provide support in the newsroom.
(This is done for one month and then switches with Newsdesk.)
NEWSDESK The Newsdesk DA is primarily responsible for providing general coverage in the newsroom, logging news feeds, answering phones, tracking tape stock, distributing information, photocopying and fact-checking all script and tape information before air.
(This is done for one month and then switches with Logging.)
PRODUCTION The Production DA is responsible for maintaining our tape library, accompanying crew on local shoots; and providing additional assistance in the edit and tape rooms. During the evening, this person assists with script production and sits in the studio to assist the anchors.
RESEARCH/COMMUNICATIONS The Research/Communications DA plays two roles: assisting the research librarians with long-term projects by compiling dossiers for anchors, producers and reporters. and writing press releases, compiling press lists, and performing other duties for the Communications offices.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- Good writing and research skills.
- Demonstrated interest in journalism and/or television production.
- Pleasant phone manner and good administrative skills.
- Strong work ethic and effective time management.
- Knowledge of the PBS NewsHour’s journalistic style.
- Prior experience in a broadcast news setting is strongly preferred.
The deadline for applications is October 31. To be considered, please email ztreu(at)


CNN Washington - Frances L. Lewine Internship Program (2016)

Fran Lewine covered the White House for the Associated Press (AP) during six presidential administrations and spent nearly three decades as a CNN editor and producer.  A trailblazer and tenacious crusader for women’s rights in journalism, she successfully fought to open the National Press Club and the Gridiron Club to women. She was also the AP’s first full-time female White House correspondent. The Lewine fellowship is consistent with her legacy of encouraging careers for women in the field of journalism.

Fran Lewine achieved many honors during her lengthy career, including being elected to the Washington Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame, the Hunter College Hall of Fame, and being awarded the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. The Frances L. Lewine fellowship will help to perpetuate not just Fran's memory, but the principles and priorities to which she devoted her distinguished career.

The Frances L. Lewine Internship is a paid internship that places a female journalism student for 10 weeks during the summer in CNN’s Washington DC bureau newsroom, where Fran Lewine spent the last 27 years of her illustrious and groundbreaking career.  Applicants should have a passion for news and an interest in the workings of government and politics on a national level as well as a command of digital journalism. Prior experience in a newsroom is strongly preferred. Candidates are asked to submit samples of their work-written or audio/visual. The ability to shoot and edit with consumer style equipment is necessary. A short written letter or essay should outline their reasons for pursuing a career in journalism.

Apply in writing directly to:
Fran Lewine Internship
Office of Human Resources
820 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

New York Times- Washington David E. Rosenbaum Reporting Internship in Washington (2016)

David E. Rosenbaum was a reporter and editor at The New York Times for more than 35 years, most of them in the Washington bureau, where he wrote about politics, economics and government policy. He was particularly adept at translating obscure government policies into lucid and accessible stories. A prize-winning writer with a keen eye for detail, he was a role model and mentor for countless reporters in Washington and across the globe. He died in 2006 at the age of 63.

In his honor, The Times and the Washington Press Club Foundation select an exceptional intern to report and write across a wide variety of subject areas in the Washington bureau during a 10-week summer internship. The position, which is co-sponsored by the foundation, is intended for aspiring reporters with a demonstrated interest in or aptitude for writing about government and policy. It is aimed at financial aid students who hope to become print journalists in Washington.

The first week of the internship will be spent in New York for orientation to the newspaper. The remainder of the internship will be spent reporting and writing bylined stories from The Times's bureau in Washington.
Applicants must be seniors or graduate students with previous daily newspaper experience.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, six clips from daily professional or college newspapers, and proof of financial aid from their college or university. A 500-word essay on the applicant's specific interest in Washington news also is required. Salary is $900 a week.     Apply here.

Hearst Newspapers - Editorial Internship Washington Bureau   Apply here (2016)


Los Angeles Times -   Washington Bureau (2016)  


CBS News  - Washington Bureau    Apply here (2016) 


The Huffington Post- Washington Bureau  Apply here (2016)
ThomsonReuters-Washington Bureau  Apply here (2016)