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Posted: 10/14/2015

Employer
Al Jazeera English
Programs Department

Al Jazeera English is an international news channel with over sixty bureaus around the world that span six different continents. Since being established in 2006, it has continued to grow in reach and popularity due to its global coverage, especially from underreported regions. The channel currently broadcasts to over 250 million households across 130 countries. Al Jazeera English is part of the Al Jazeera Network - one of the world’s leading media corporations, encompassing news, documentary and sport channels. Al Jazeera started out more than fifteen years ago as the first independent news channel in the Arab world dedicated to covering and uncovering stories in the region. It is now a media network consisting of over twenty channels – Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera Balkans, Al Jazeera Sport, Al Jazeera Mubasher, Al Jazeera Documentary, the Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center and the Al Jazeera Center for Studies


Position
Intern
Type
Internship Opportunity
Location
Washington, DC
Details
 

The internship program aims to foster an environment of learning specific to long form documentary series. In this program, the intern will have the opportunity to observe the various stages of film production from pre-production to production to post-production.

Day to day duties include story development research, fact checking, and observing and participating in team meetings. 

 
Al Jazeera is seeking focused, self-motivated individuals with demonstrated knowledge of journalistic practice, social media, and geo-political issues. Successful candidates come from various academic backgrounds including:

·         Journalism, documentary film, media studies, communications

·         International affairs, political science, etc.

·         Various area-studies programs that match

Successful candidates possess the following characteristics (these may vary slightly between programs):

  • Pursuant of a Bachelors or Masters Degree in a related discipline or within a month of completion
  • Demonstrated proficiency in  journalistic research and reporting
  • Demonstrated knowledge of international affairs
  • Demonstrated interest in investigative journalism
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and on deadline
  • Proficiency in social media and ability to write for the web

Additional skills are highly valued, but not necessary (again, may vary):

  • Familiarity with documentary filmmaking techniques and technology
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Specialized knowledge of a particular region or country
  • Experience with non-linear editing programs (Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere)
  • Graphic Design experience (Adobe Creative Suite)
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Until Filled

How to apply
The Programs Interns will be assigned to one the following programming strands based on their qualifications. Documentary Programs Fault Lines (DC) Fault Lines is an award-winning long form documentary series that examines the United States’ role in the world. From Baltimore to Bahrain, Chile to Chicago, our team of top international producers and reporters investigate topics beyond the headlines and holds the powerful to account. The documentaries feature correspondents and are typically 25 minutes in length. You must be able to receive course credit for this internship in order to be eligible. This internship is unpaid. Discussion Programs The Stream (DC) The Stream is an online community with its own daily television program powered by the social media. An aggregator of online sources and discussion, The Stream seeks out unheard voices, new perspectives and untold angles on most compelling stories of the day. Fully integrated with a website including live streaming video, viewer commenting and user-submitted media, the show connects with unique, less-covered online communities around the world to share their stories and viewpoints on the news. This internship can be done for course credit and / or for pay (min wage). UpFront (DC) This new series will use Mehdi Hasan’s probing and robust interview techniques to ask the questions that often get left behind by others, allowing enough time to explore the chosen topic in-depth. A panel discussion will then either expand on, or chase another of the week’s issues, offering nuance or shades of grey and showcasing journalism at its best. With the thrust and parry of rigorous debate, Mehdi Hasan cuts through the headlines to get to the heart of the matter. This internship can be done for course credit and / or for pay (min wage).   Important Details The Programming Internship is restricted to students and recent graduates that are US citizens or foreign nationals that hold a US Social Security Number (SSN) or students with a demonstrated right to work in the US. AJN will not provide any sponsorship or visa support. The internship periods correlate with academic semesters, last 3 months and require 35 hours per week. Application deadlines and start / end dates are listed below (NB: start and end dates are flexible up to 2 weeks). Spring Semester Internship Application deadline: November 20th, 2015 Start: January 11th, 2016 End: April 11th, 2016 (flexible) Summer Internship Application deadline: April 22nd, 2016 Start: May 23rd, 2016 (flexible) End: August 26th, 2016 (flexible) Fall Semester Internship Application deadline: August 26th, 2016 Start: September 5th, 2016 (flexible) End: December 9th, 2016 (flexible)   How to Apply: To apply to the Al Jazeera English Programming Internship email the following information to AJE-DCprogram-internship@aljazeera.net with the subject reading: “YOUR NAME – INTERNSHIP PERIOD” • In your email clearly state: o Complete Contact Information  Full Name  Current Address  Email and Phone  Emergency Contacts (2 names with phone numbers) o What dates you are available (preferred start/end date) o Whether you are able to coordinate with your university for academic credit & whether you are exclusively interested in paid / for credit internship placements o References (2-3 names with phone numbers,) o Any restrictions on internship placement location (only internships in DC are available at this time) • Attach cover letter and résumé in .doc or .pdf formats. o Name your cover letter and resume files in this format:  LastName_FirstName_CoverLetter.doc  LastName_FirstName_Resume.doc • Attach an additional document that includes two pitches for the programs listed above: o Each pitch should be no longer 300 words o Name the pitch files in this format:  LastName_FirstName_Pitches.doc o Please see example pitch below:   Fault Lines investigates the business of immigrant detention in America. How are a handful of companies shaping immigration laws and what kinds of abuse are taking place against detainees beyond the watchful eye of the law? Since the late 1990s harsh federal and state laws criminalizing immigrants -- both undocumented and legal permanent residents – have steadily increased, leading to an explosion in the number of immigrants in detention. The surge in immigration detention has been a boon to private prison corporations like the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) and the GEO group, which control over 75% of the private prison market. Today, their biggest business is from immigration detention and they run nearly 50% of immigration detention centers in the country. They spend millions of dollars lobbying federal agencies like the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), the Bureau of Prisons, and the US Marshalls for lucrative contracts. They also lobby federal as well as state officials to pass harsh anti-immigrant and sentencing legislation and contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to their election and re-election campaigns. Despite Obama’s promises to overhaul the immigration detention system, harsh federal and state-level enforcement measures brought immigrant detentions to an all-time high of 400,000 last year. Every day, nearly 33,000 people are held in 250 detention facilities across the country, at the cost of $5.5 million a day. Immigration detention is not meant to be punitive but merely administrative; a means to hold people before beginning deportation proceedings. But conditions in the detention facilities are notoriously harsh, with little to no access to counsel, family, or the outside world and documented reports of death and sexual abuse in custody. Once inside the detention dragnet, people stay in for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. Fault Lines travels to key political states where the fight against for-profit immigration detention centers is at its strongest: Florida, a state with ambitious prison privatization plans, where local communities are fighting against a proposed CCA immigration detention facility and Texas, home to the largest number of immigration detainees. We expose the companies at the heart of the industry and lay bare their connection to the legislation that is being passed.
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