WJLA-TV Intern (Fall 2018)

Sinclair Broadcast Group - Arlington, VA (30+ days ago)2.9

Make your mark in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Sinclair Broadcast Group and Sinclair Digital Solutions are dedicated to making Sinclair a communications powerhouse! We are the largest and most diversified television broadcasting company in the country. Sinclair owns and operates, programs or provides services to more television stations than anyone and has affiliations with all major networks. Sinclair Digital group is focused on bringing the most engaging content to web, mobile and over-the-top broadcasting to audiences all over the country! Our success is the result of extraordinary employees and an exemplary management team who believe in a vision and are dedicated ensuring a great future for our employees. Whether you are an industry veteran or a just starting out, you can find it at Sinclair! We are advancing the world of Broadcasting and we want YOU to join our winning team!

As a part of our commitment to community service and educational enrichment, ABC 7-WJLA-TV & NewsChannel8, in Rosslyn, VA, offers a limited number of highly-sought unpaid internships aimed at providing a springboard for college students interested in developing careers in broadcast and/or cable television and human resources. These internships are offered to selected participants currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Interns will experience all phases of a major market television station's day-to-day operations as a supplement to their academic curriculum.

Internship Areas:

Research and pitch story ides
Social media engagement through various platforms (i.e. Twitter & Facebook)
Write teases, banners and questions

General News

Shadow reporters and multimedia journalists in the field
Learn assignment desk basic duties
Participate in morning meetings to pitch story ideas


Write for television news with feedback from a member of our production team
Learn shots, stacking and basics of stacking a local news rundown
Shadow the production team in the control room

Good Morning Washington

Field experience with reporters and producers
Edit video using technical software
Social media engagement

Investigative News

Set up and coordinate field interview
Manage Seven On Your Side phone banks
Works with producers, photographers, and reporters to pitch story ideas


Attend events to conduct interviews for articles
Contribute bylines
Shadow photojournalists

Creative Services/Promotions

Participate in community events with reporters and anchors
Shadow producers to learn how to write promotional scripts
Attend photo shoots for promotions


Research breaking sports stories
Shadow Sportscasters in the field to include interviewing D.C. area sports team’s players and coaches
Write sports stories for the ABC 7/WJLA-TV website

Web Operations

Write and edit stories for the WJLA website and other social media platforms
Follow and stay in the know of trending topics

ABC 7 & NewsChannel 8 internships are made available to juniors and senior registered in a four-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university. Graduate students and students entering their second year in a two-year junior or community college program may also be considered. Applicants should possess declared majors in communications, journalism, broadcast production techniques or some similar related area. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. The applicant must receive academic credit for the internship experience.

You must be:
A current college student who boasts a strong academic record
Able to receive college credit
A responsible professional who has prior internship and/or work experience
A candidate with a terrific attitude who can work well with a team, as well as independently
A creative self-starter who can communicate effectively and work well under constant deadline
Willing to work mornings, nights and/ or weekends to support our newscasts varying hours (we will do our best to work with your schedule)

If you're interested in working with Good Morning Washington, in addition to general requirements, you must be able to work early mornings.

If interested in entertainment, in addition to general requirements, you must be familiar with writing scripts and making banners. You must also have knowledge of social media platforms and be able to stay on top of celebrity news and what's trending. Knowledge of ENPS is a plus.

If interested in web operations, in addition to general requirements, you must have excellent writing skills. Experience with web content, video editing or content management systems is a plus, but not required.

You must submit the following:
Cover letter: Please include answers to the following questions:

1) Which internship area are you interested in?

2) Why are you interested in working with WJLA?

3) What are your career goals?

One letter of recommendation
Copy of your academic transcript

Transcripts and letters of recommendation can be attached to your online application or mailed to:


Attn: Internship Coordinator

1100 Wilson Blvd., 6th Floor

Arlington, VA 22209

What comes next?

After your information is received, you will be told whether or not you have advanced to the next stage of the application process. It is imperative that your initial application package is complete and your information is correct when submitting it for review. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.

Please note: new inquiries and resumes for Fall internships will NOT be processed after Friday, August 24, 2018.

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace!

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