Videographer Internship

The National Zoo invites applicants for a videographer internship in the Zoo’s busy Office of Communications.

The Office of Communications promotes the Zoo through traditional media relations and digital media including web video of our science, animals, and staff. Current college students who have experience in campus television projects, hands on experience operating camera equipment through class work, or experience filming and editing video are encouraged to apply.

The videographer intern will work with public affairs officers to film and edit video for use in news media and the Zoo’s web sites. Interns will:

  • Develop stories to promote the National Zoo through video
  • Film the Zoo’s collection and conduct interviews with staff on camera
  • Film and edit B-roll video (no sound) of the Zoo’s collection to distribute to news media
  • Create short web videos for use on Zoo’s website and YouTube channel
  • Keep video work organized on office computer
  • Other non-video related duties as assigned

Desired Qualifications and Abilities

  • Major in public relations, journalism, communication, digital media, or computer science
  • Experience filming and editing video on campus television station or through class instruction
  • Familiarity with Final Cut Pro digital editing software
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent interview skills
  • Willingness to take initiative and motivation to seek new learning opportunities
  • Keen attention to detail when editing and fact-checking
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Good research ability and command of the Internet
  • Professionalism


This is an internship for credit only.

Term of Appointment

Days and times are flexible but a minimum of 15 to 20 hours per week are required.

To Submit Your Application

Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to the Office of Public Affairs . Please include links to video work you've completed, if possible.

Applicants will have to pass a Smithsonian background check before beginning work.