Great Decisions Television Summer/Fall Research Intern

Foreign Policy Association
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Jul 14

Position description

For nearly 40 years, the Foreign Policy Association has produced the eight-part Great Decisions television series on PBS out of its NYC offices. This year, due to Covid, the series is being produced remotely and we are looking for a remote research intern for our upcoming season.

The Foreign Policy Association Internship Program is a unique opportunity to gain solid, hands-on, professional experience in a busy and successful production division. We're on the lookout for talented individuals to participate in script and stock footage research, fact-checking, and potentially light production and post-production tasks. Our interns are given the opportunity to work independently and think creatively. Generally, interns commit to no less than 5 full days per week through the summer, with the possibility of extending into the fall. College credit is available, but not required.

We are seeking individuals with a good working knowledge of the G Suite range of products, strong internet research skills, an interest in world affairs and government, and outstanding written and verbal communication. Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud products (in particular Premiere, After Effects, and Photoshop), as well as a geographical information system such as QGIS is a plus, but not required.

Interns will work closely with the research team, editors, the Producer, and Executive Producer on many aspects of the production.

COVID-19 considerations: Due to COVID-19, this will primarily be a fully remote internship. Interns should have access to a computer with high speed internet and be willing to use Google Chrome. Depending on the intern’s vaccination status and comfort level as well as the preferences of guests, there may be a possibility of participating in some in-person filming either in New York City or Washington, DC. This would be optional.

This internship includes a $625/month stipend.


Strong internet search skills are a must. You will be tasked with finding creative ways to visually represent concepts described in the documentaries using news or stock footage.

1–2 years of rudimentary work in Adobe Premiere would be extremely helpful

Any exposure to QGIS or a similar geographical information system would be useful as well

Application instructions

Please include links to one or two video clips (including timestamps if the clips are long) that you've found online that you think would be a good visual representation for the following narration:

"The US is not immune to demographic downturns.  In the past decade, the US has had its lowest birthrate since World War II"

When we're actually researching clips for the show, we'll have to take copyright into account. For now, don't worry about it, we just want to see your creativity. You can search for clips anywhere you'd like: YouTube, Vimeo, Pond5, Shutterstock, Associated Press (, etc.