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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.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop professional videos that promote visitation, animal care, science, conservation, and advancement at the National Zoo
  • Obtain B-roll of the Zoo’s animals
  • Formulate questions and conduct interviews with Zoo staff
  • Film and edit B-roll and interviews for events and press conferences
  • Film and edit B-roll (with and without sound) to promptly distribute to news media and Smithsonian Networks.
  • Create short (2:30 to 3:30) web videos for the Zoo’s website and YouTube channel.
  • Upload all complete videos into the Smithsonian Archives (DAMS)

Qualifications

  • Major in digital media, broadcast journalism, or computer science
  • Applicants with prior experience working in a fast-paced environment (such as a newsroom) and/or conservation organization preferred
  • Proficiency with Final Cut Pro digital editing software
  • Experience setting up and conducting interviews in a professional setting (workplace or internship)
  • Willingness to take initiative and offer perspectives on how to increase outreach and engage viewers
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to research and fact-check content
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor
  • Professionalism

STIPEND

This is an unpaid internship. College credit is offered if desired; intern is responsible for obtaining necessary approvals from their university. Intern will be responsible for all transportation costs and personal health insurance.

Location

Rock Creek, Washington D.C.

Housing

The intern will make his or her own housing arrangements in the Washington, D.C. area.

Parking

The National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution do not provide free parking to interns. There is limited parking at SCBI in Front Royal, Virginia.

Term of Appointment

The Office of Communications holds three media relations internship sessions: spring, summer, and fall. Interns will work between 24 to 40 hours per week. Reasonable exceptions to session dates may be made in order to coordinate with university and work schedules.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring session: January to May. Applications accepted September 15 through November 15.
  • Summer session: June to August. Applications accepted February 15 through April 15.
  • Fall session: September to December. Applications accepted May 15 through July 15.

To Apply

To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.html
Then select "New to SOLAA? Create Account Here"
When you complete the information to create an account, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select "Internship". Then you will select the unit you are interested in, "National Zoological Park." Then you will select the program you are interested in, "National Zoological Park Internship Program." Finally, once you begin completing the application, you will indicate the project (equivalent to department) you are interested in, “Rock Creek—Communications/Videographer."

Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit” and when your references have been received (your SOLAA submitted application and references must be received by the deadlines as noted above).

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Resume or CV summarizing education (including current academic status) and employment experience.
  • A one-page statement of your interest in pursuing this position. The statement should mention relevant experience, career goals, your reasons for wanting this internship, and what you hope to gain from the experience. Your statement is very important during application evaluations.

For additional information

Questions about this internship should be directed to the Office of Communications, or general internship questions to Athena Mylonas.