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CNN Political Unit Intern: DC - Fall 2024

Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Welcome to Warner Bros. Discovery… the stuff dreams are made of.

Who We Are…

When we say, “the stuff dreams are made of,” we’re not just referring to the world of wizards, dragons and superheroes, or even to the wonders of Planet Earth. Behind WBD’s vast portfolio of iconic content and beloved brands, are the storytellers bringing our characters to life, the creators bringing them to your living rooms and the dreamers creating what’s next…

From brilliant creatives, to technology trailblazers, across the globe, WBD offers career defining opportunities, thoughtfully curated benefits, and the tools to explore and grow into your best selves. Here you are supported, here you are celebrated, here you can thrive.

CNN Political Unit Intern: DC - Fall 2024

Application Deadline: Friday, July 26th*

*Pro Tip: Submit your application as soon as possible – applications could close earlier due to applicant volume!*

Your New Role

This internship will be located in the D.C. area. The selected intern will be expected to join us in the office on a regular cadence based on the intern manager’s in office schedule. As a Political Unit intern, students will have the opportunity to gain insight into the U.S. political system and CNN's editorial and production process as a part of the team that supports the entire network's political coverage. They’ll help track the 2024 elections, researching election rules and procedures and learning about candidates and issues. They’ll also help with election night coverage and monitor live political events.



Your Role Accountabilities

• Research candidates, races and policy issues ahead of the 2024 presidential election

• Assist with Election Night coverage during the 2024 election

• Gather information on election procedures from state and local officials and track changes in election law

• Prepare background information on 2024 elections

• Monitor live political events for news

• Assist with other political coverage as needed

Qualifications & Experience

  • Candidate seeking a career in journalism, writing, or research preferred

  • Extensive understanding of and interest in political campaigns and U.S. politics a must

  • Experience working with political data is a plus

  • Should be detail-oriented, self-motivated, able to multi-task, have a good attitude, and be able to function well in an environment with short deadlines and quick turnaround projects

  • Interns would need to be available during the week for this internship and on Election Night

  • Must be actively enrolled in an accredited college or university degree program for the full duration of the internship (proof of enrollment required)

  • Must be a rising Junior or Senior (18 years or older)

  • Must be in academic good standing (3.0 or above cumulative GPA)

  • Warner Bros. Discovery will only consider candidates who are presently authorized to work for any employer in the United States and who will not require work visa sponsorship from Warner Bros. Discovery now or in the future in order to retain their authorization to work in the United States. Candidates currently on any student or exchange visa, including F-1 CPT, F-1 OPT, J-1, M-1, etc., will not be eligible for the internship program.

How We Get Things Done

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/ along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

What to know before applying:

  • The duration of the program is 10 weeks

  • Program dates:

  • Start Date: October 7th

  • End Date: December 13th

  • Interns will be expected to work 16-24 hours per week in a hybrid capacity.

  • Our internships are paid opportunities with a competitive hourly wage. Credit is not required; however, we will provide the necessary documentation for school credit if desired. Relocation is not provided.

  • Interviewing will take place from July through Late August. A WBD team member will contact you if your experiences and interests match an open internship position. Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to give individual status updates.

About Our Internship Program

WBD's Internship Program is designed to nurture students professionally and personally. We attract the country’s boldest and brightest students for paid, for-credit, real-world internship experiences in the entertainment, tech, sports, news and media industries. We offer career-defining opportunities to learn valuable skills that will help you prepare for a successful future.


Ready to learn more? Here’s what we offer:

  • Hands-on work with passionate, talented team members in your field

  • Mentorship from some of the industry’s kindest and most passionate entertainment veterans

  • Engaging events including professional development seminars, panels with recruiters and former interns, intern-exclusive events, and so much more

  • Access to top-level executives and employees through our Speaker Series and Roundtables

  • Incredible networking opportunities with industry-leading professionals and a robust intern alumni network

  • A creative, collaborative, and inclusive company culture


What you can expect to take away from the semester:

  • Opportunities to develop professionally and uncover skills you didn’t know you had

  • The insider scoop on the entertainment industry and what happens behind the scenes

  • Relationships that will go beyond your collegiate career

  • Real-life experiences that will provide you with the confidence to delve into your next adventure


In compliance with local law, we are disclosing the compensation, or a range thereof, for roles in locations where legally required. Actual salaries will vary and may be above or below the range based on various factors including but not limited to location, experience, and performance. The rate listed is just one component of Warner Bros. Discovery’s total compensation package for employees. Pay Rate: $19 per hour USD for undergrad interns, $25 per hour USD for graduate level interns.

How We Get Things Done…

This last bit is probably the most important! Here at WBD, our guiding principles are the core values by which we operate and are central to how we get things done. You can find them at www.wbd.com/guiding-principles/ along with some insights from the team on what they mean and how they show up in their day to day. We hope they resonate with you and look forward to discussing them during your interview.

Championing Inclusion at WBD

Warner Bros. Discovery embraces the opportunity to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of our society and the world around us. Being an equal opportunity employer means that we take seriously our responsibility to consider qualified candidates on the basis of merit, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, and genetic information, marital status, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status or any other category protected by law. If you’re a qualified candidate and you require adjustments or accommodations to search for a job opening or apply for a position, please contact us at recruitadmin@wbd.com.