Broadcast Desk Assistant

Posted On: October 1, 2014

Paid Journalism Internship

Media Organization: PBS NewsHour

Company Description

For 35 years, millions of Americans and citizens of the world have turned to the PBS NewsHour for the solid, reliable reporting that has made it one of the most trusted news programs on television.

Job Description

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.

To Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume and completed DA application (available at to Zachary Treu at