The International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) operates a network that includes radio (Voice of America), TV (WORLDNET) and internet (voanews.com), as well as news and features delivered in 60 languages to a worldwide weekly audience of around 175 million. Voice of America began broadcasting in 1942 as a propaganda tool during World War II. Today, it is no longer used for those purposes, but instead as a means of providing American news and culture to an international audience. IBB also runs the Radio Free network.
IBB offers internships in seven divisions. Voice of America hosts language broadcast internships in which students help produce live and taped broadcasts and prepare stories with professional journalists. The Special English Internship Program teaches students how to write news and features pieces using the limited vocabulary needed to broadcast to parts of the world where English is not the listeners’ native language. In addition, Voice of America offers positions in its TV to Africa and information services divisions. IBB also hires interns to work in its public affairs office and TV technical studio operations. Finally, the engineering internship concentrates on the technical aspects of radio, television and internet broadcasting.
Open to all currently enrolled college students and grad students. High school students may also apply.
International Broadcasting Bureau
Office of Public Affairs
330 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20237
Phone: (202) 382-7500
Number of Interns: Varies
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Paid, Stipend, Unpaid, Varies
Academic Level: High School Students, College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Graduate Students