U.S. Agency for Global Media Fellowship Program

U.S. Agency for Global Media Fellowship Program

Harness your passion for broadcasting through a firsthand experience with the U.S. Agency for Global Media.

The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) is a networked global media agency leading a mission to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. The six entities that comprise the USAGM stand within the Federal government and complement one another in a shared commitment that is vital to U.S. national interests. Together, USAGM entities communicate each week with more than 394 million people across the globe.

If you have an interest in the fields of media, broadcasting or communications, the USAGM Fellowship Program could be a great fit for you.

This paid internship gives you meaningful work experience and a unique opportunity to chart your career path with skills, networking and mentorship. Available to both undergraduate and graduate students, USAGM Fellows will receive first-hand experience in the Federal Government’s global media programs. The flexible program provides opportunity for in-person work at USAGM headquarters in Washington, DC, along with remote and hybrid working opportunities, all offering valuable professional experience that compliments education in fields related to the U.S. Agency for Global Media's mission.

For fifteen weeks (20 hours per week), each Fellow will work under the guidance of a USAGM manager, developing and delivering work that is experienced by millions of people around the world. Open to individuals from diverse backgrounds, geographies and lived experience, this is an opportunity to gain contacts, skills and career insights which are invaluable in preparing individuals for future employment, all while matching their course of study and field of interest and delivering meaningful work.

USAGM Fellows may perform broadcasting functions with duties that may include the following:

  • Research and production of daily audio/video programming
  • Composition of special reports
  • Research for stories or profiles, news events, features and special topics
  • Camera work
  • Interviews
  • Logging
  • Transcription
  • Organizing footage
  • Collection of b-roll
  • Writing
  • Editing audio/video, mobile and social media

USAGM Fellows may also perform duties supporting the Mission Support Offices such as Administration, Contracts, Public Affairs & Relations, Human Resources, Graphics and Research which may include:

  • Research
  • Writing/Policy
  • Graphics
  • Analyzing Data
  • Preparing Reports
  • Data Cleansing

Due to COVID considerations, Fellowships may be in-person or virtual depending on the programming office mission/needs. Fellows will engage in work as directed by supervisors and program guidelines.

A Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

USAGM recognizes that diversity brings innovation and creativity to the workplace and encourages fresh perspectives that inspire new ideas and sparks positive change. As such, they are committed to building a workforce which is representative of the full diversity across the U.S. As part of this commitment, USAGM seeks to expand participation from populations that are historically underrepresented in a variety of media roles, as well as the demographics of Federal employees.  

All students are welcome to apply to this opportunity, particularly students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU).

The Washington Center (TWC), the contracted employer for this initiative, is an equal opportunity employer and does not consider race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, or other non-merit factors when considering candidates for internships.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen; or have lived in the U.S. for three (3) consecutive years
  • Be enrolled in a degree-granting program as an undergraduate or graduate student from a minority serving institution, college, university, or tribal college or an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Have completed at least one (1) full year (freshman year or equivalent) college or university coursework at an institution described above before the internship begins
  • Have a minimum post-secondary GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be able to work a minimum of 20hrs per week for the duration of the fellowship
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19*
  • Have a confirmed interest in working with USAGM

 * Students participating in our Funded Federal Diversity programs are considered employees of The Washington Center and are required to be fully vaccinated to participate. Learn more about our COVID-19 policy.

Program Components

During this 15-week Spring program, you will intern a minimum of 20hrs per week. Assignments may be in-person, fully virtual or hybrid, depending on the office in which you are placed.

Various professional development sessions will be available to enhance fellows’ knowledge and marketability. The Washington Center (TWC) organizes hands-on experiences to prepare you for career growth including resume review & cover letter writing, LinkedIn review and interviewing & pitching yourself. TWC also organizes networking opportunities during and has highly active alumni networks of which you will be a part.

Program Benefits

This is a fully funded program sponsored by USAGM. Sponsorship covers the cost of the program, housing (if needed) and roundtrip travel to and from the internship site city. You will be responsible for daily expenses (such as meals), however, USAGM may cover the cost of commuting expenses. A stipend of $2,550 to $5,550 (depending on housing needs) will be provided to help alleviate these expenses.

Housing and Living

Fully furnished housing is provided by TWC for all participants who need it. Housing is arranged near the internship site. Housing accommodations can, and typically do, require shared-living arrangements with other interns. Every effort is made to arrange housing near essential amenities like grocery stores, public transit and medical facilities.

Academic Credit

You may be eligible to receive academic credit for your participation in this program. However, credits are determined and awarded by each university. You are responsible for arranging any academic credit through your college or university. You should discuss arrangements with your institution, prior to starting the program and let TWC know the specific requirements of your university.

Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: October 31, 2022

Decision Notification: November – December, 2022 (Applicants are notified when they are selected for interviews until all positions are filled)

Program Dates: January 23, 2023 – May 5, 2023

Register Your Interest

Interested in a future session? Want updates on webinars and application openings? Register your interest using the following form:

PROGRAM INTEREST FORM

Have further questions? Email federal@twc.edu

Application Documents

Below are the documents you’ll need to submit with your application. Please note that all documents must be saved as PDFs in order to upload them.

  • Resume: Upload a maximum 2-page resume that outlines your education background, work experience, activities and honors or recognitions.
  • Statement of Interest: In a maximum 300-word statement, please address your specific interest in interning with the U.S. Agency for Global Media, along with what skills and experiences you have that make you a unique candidate. Rather than repeating your resume, you should describe why you want to intern at the USAGM, what skills and knowledge you have that has prepared you for this opportunity and what you hope to gain from this experience. 
  • Transcript: Both unofficial and official transcripts are accepted. Please ensure that your Social Security Number is crossed out on the submitted document.
  • Proof of Citizenship: Proof of Citizenship includes either a scan of your U.S. passport, U.S. birth certificate or certificate of naturalization. All applicants must be U.S. citizens.