Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



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.


  • 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 (2:30-3:30 minute) web videos for the Zoo's website and YouTube channel.
  • Upload all complete videos into the Smithsonian Archives (DAMS)
  • Interns will gain experience producing professional video packages that include quality b-roll of the Zoo's animals and exhibits, interviews with keepers, curators and researchers, and a strong conservation message.
  • Interns will write interview questions and work with the Communications Team Member to ensure you've hit all the right marks. You'll also contact and set up interviews with individual keepers/curators, etc.
  • Interns will be responsible for getting footage and packaging b-roll.
  • Interns will film events and press conferences as requested.
  • Interns will gain experience working with the media by fulfilling requests for b-roll from reporters, producers, Zoo staff, etc.
  • Interns will be responsible for archiving b-roll and final video packages on our video terminal and on DVD.
  • Communications staff will act as mentors to the interns and ensure that they receive constructive feedback on all assignments.
  • Videos and b-roll prepared by interns (and reviewed by SI staff) will be used in a variety of communications, including press releases, social media, web updates, and e-newsletters.
  • Interns will assist by uploading videos produced into the Smithsonian Digital Asset Management System.
  • Interns will recommend about equipment that will enhance the quality of the Zoo's video.


  • 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


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. Graduate and post-graduate students may also apply.


Rock Creek-Washington, D.C.


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


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

Term of Appointment

The Office of Communications holds three Media Relations internship sessions: Fall, Spring, and Summer. The fall session takes place September – December. Spring takes place January – May. Summer takes place June – August. Interns will work between 24 to 40 hours per week. Reasonable exceptions 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 1.
  • Fall session: September to December. Applications accepted May 15 through July 1.

To Apply

To apply, go to: https://solaa.si.edu/solaa/SOLAAHome.htm.l” 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:

  • Type of appointment: “Internship”
  • Unit of interest: “National Zoological Park”
  • Program: “National Zoological Park Internship Program”
  • Project: “Rock Creek-Communications/Videographer”

Information that will be requested (in SOLAA) includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • Resume or CV summarizing education (including current academic status) and employment experience. In your resume, provide links to professional, polished videos you’ve compiled.
  • 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.

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).

For Additional Information

Contact Internships Coordinator