Journalism Programs Internship – Fall 2020

Meridian International Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan diplomacy center that connects leaders through culture and collaboration to drive solutions for global challenges. Founded 60 years ago, Meridian works with governments, the private sector and the diplomatic community to develop exchange, training, culture and convening programs to help leaders better address global challenges and opportunities

The GlobalConnect Division was established in 2001 to pursue new business opportunities for the organization.  Most of our projects involve the development and implementation of exchange programs for professionals and university and high school students, sponsored by U.S. embassies around the world, U.S. government agencies, and private sector firms. Our programs cover a wide array of issues, and we continually develop grant proposals for government agencies and foundations.

The Journalism Programs Intern will support a suite of U.S. Department of State-funded programs that support the professional development and U.S.-based reporting of international journalists. These programs include:

  • The Central Asia Media Exchange Program (CAMEX) is a three-year initiative funded by the U.S. Department of State that seeks to increase professional standards among journalists, create a cadre of journalists who advance their field, bolster independent media in Central Asia, and help reduce the spread of disinformation. Participants include journalists, editors, and media executives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • The Central and Eastern Europe Journalist Fellowship Program (CEEJ) is funded by the U.S. Department of State through the U.S. Embassy in Paris and implemented by Meridian. Its purpose is to expand the capacity of professional journalists and improve the sustainability of citizen-generated media in Central and Eastern Europe. Through conferences, skills building workshops, networking, and professional fellowships, journalists increase professional standards, advance the credibility and accuracy of their reporting, build cross continental partnerships, and bolster sustainability of an independent media sector in the region. This initiative brings 23 journalists from across Central and Eastern Europe to the United States for training and a two-month professional fellowship at a U.S. media organization as well as journalism, media and digital literacy training at U.S. universities and organizations.
  • The Foreign Press Center (FPC) programs bring international delegations of media representatives with a thematic focus, in addition to smaller media co-operative productions in which TV crews of two to three travel with a U.S.-based Producer to focus on issues related to their home countries, to the United States. These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Washington Foreign Press Center. Meridian International works as a strategic partner of FPC by assisting in administering the logistical and financial components of the Center’s press tours for foreign journalists, primarily in the United States.

Main Responsibilities & Duties:

  • Contributing to Journalism programs’ administration, communications & alumni engagement efforts
  • Assisting journalists while in-country and providing on-the-ground support for DC-based program components
  • Supporting pre-program tasks such as preparing program books and other welcome materials
  • Conducting research on professional resources
  • Reconciling financial accounts, contacting vendors for logistical arrangements
  • Assisting in pre-program surveys and post-program follow-up
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desired Skills & Qualifications:

  • Working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree focused on global communications, international relations, journalism, or related field
  • Interest and familiarity with online research tools, knowledge of general office procedures
  • Interest in global issues and international affairs and experience working with diverse cultures and languages; interest in and familiarity with journalism and/or media relations preferred
  • Strong organizational and writing skill, ability to multi-task and collaborate effectively with a team
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, self-motivated and able to work in a dynamic and fast-paced environment
  • Computer proficiency in Windows based applications including Microsoft Word and Excel is mandatory
  • Familiarity and interest in journalism and media a plus
  • Proficiency in Russian or other foreign languages a plus

Commitment & Compensation:

We are looking for an intern who will commit to at least 24-32 hours per week starting September 2020.

This internship is unpaid, however, Meridian provides a $10/day transportation stipend.

Experience Outcome:

This internship is a great opportunity to learn about international exchange programs & nonprofit organizations, support journalists from around the world, and to work in a dynamic mission-driven environment. The Meridian staff is a diverse group of people who have lived, worked and studied all around the world. Additionally, you will have access to all that Meridian has to offer, including cross-division intern professional development seminars and chances to attend Meridian’s public diplomacy programs on a variety of topics

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter including their anticipated availability to GCInternSearch@meridian.org noting “Journalism Programs Internship - Fall 2020” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, however, please submit applications no later than June 30, 2020.