The Kennedy Center

General Press Intern

Department description

The Kennedy Center Public Relations department is responsible for promoting the activities and initiatives of the institution in local, national, and international media outlets. The department works year-round to publicize current performances, inspire interest in future programming, and project the mission, vision, and values of the Kennedy Center’s support for the arts. We are looking for self-motivated, detail-oriented individuals who enjoy interacting with people and building connections and are able to perform well under time-constraints and heavy workloads. Passion for the performing arts is preferred.

Project description

- The intern will gain experience by writing and distributing press releases regarding various programming including Millennium Stage, PAFE, and VSA. The project will require the intern to research and compile information regarding the program, work directly with the programmers to fact check and approve copy, distribute press releases, facilitate interviews, and track coverage.

- The intern will write copy describing Millennium Stage programming, route the copy for edits, and highlight certain performances; all while adhering to strict deadlines. The intern will also assist in drafting, editing, finalizing, and archiving playbills for Millennium Stage performances.

- The intern will compile media lists to distribute press releases for various activities, researching new media outlets in order to tailor lists based on specific program details. The intern utilizes Cision to create lists. The intern will track coverage and compile it into daily clips, press reports, and archives.

    Key Dates

    Spring 2019 Term

    Application Available: August 9-November 4, 2018

    Term Dates: January 21-May 3, 2019

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    Fall 2018 Term

    Application closed July 15, 2018

    Term Dates: September 10-December 14, 2018


    Summer 2019 Term

    Application Available: December 10-March 17, 2019

    Term Dates: June 3-August 16, 2019