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Desk Assistant, NBC News Washington

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2mo ago

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Washington, DC

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Media & Journalism•Washington, DC


  • The NBC News Washington Bureau offers paid full-time Desk Assistants (D.A.) positions year-round. Our desk assistant program is intended for individuals with a strong interest in television journalism – specifically network news and cable news. The positions provide excellent opportunities to learn the basics of reporting and production by observing and working with some of the best, most experienced news professionals at a major news organization.
  • Our Desk Assistants’ positions are entry-level positions with benefits.
  • Please note: The positions are staff with an end date (18 months).


  • Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
  • Unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
  • 24/7 availability: ability/willingness to work overtime, nights, holidays, and weekends, often with short notice.
  • Must be willing to work in Washington, D.C.
  • Desired Characteristics:
  • Strong journalistic writing skills, research skills, editorial judgment.
  • Television newsroom experience.
  • Digital journalism experience.
  • Strong interest in and demonstrated knowledge of current affairs.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent telephone communications skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft word and outlook e-mail.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments.
  • Ability to work effectively in a high-intensity environment, often under tight deadline pressures.
  • Additional Requirements:
  • Required On-Site: This position is required to be performed full-time from an NBCUniversal-designated worksite.

Education requirements


Area of Responsibilities

Media & Journalism


  • Duties/Responsibilities:
  • Desk Assistants’ main duties and responsibilities are performing administrative, operational, and editorial tasks for the NBC News Washington Bureau and the NBC News and MSNBC cable news programs it serves.
  • Answering Washington Bureau newsdesk phones.
  • Coordinating and gathering incoming news videos.
  • Logging news events and flagging editorial for the bureau including the White House.
  • Assisting correspondents and anchors with editorial and production tasks during program airings/tapings.
  • Greeting guests for news programs, escorting them to studios, preparing them for live shots. Working with the assignment desk.
  • Desk assistants’ additional professional opportunities may include:
  • Field-producing coverage of news events or elements for news reports.
  • Digital journalist camera-shooting of news events.
  • Producing news reports for various NBC News or MSNBC programs, NBC News affiliates, or NBC News/msnbc.com websites.
  • Some desk assistants may obtain assignments as MSNBC production assistants.


Work type

Full time

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Washington, DC