Desk Assistant

NBC Universal

Job Description

Desk Assistant



NBC News and MSNBC


Our Desk Assistants 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.


This is an 18-month long Staff with End Date position.



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.


Desk Assistants’ primary duties include, but are not limited to :

  • Answering Washington Bureau newsdesk phones

  • Coordinating and gathering incoming news video

  • Logging news events

  • Editorial research


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/ websites

Some Desk Assistants may obtain assignments as MSNBC production assistants. MSNBC production assistants’ primary duties involve, but are not limited to:

  • Greeting guests for news programs, escorting them to studios, preparing them for live shots

  • Assisting correspondents and anchors with editorial and production tasks during program airings/tapings 


• Bachelors degree
• 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

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
• Strong academic record
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent telephone communications skills
• Excellent computer skills
• Ability to multi-task and prioritize assignments
• Ability to work effectively in a high-intensity environment, often under tight deadline pressures


NBC News

Career Level



Washington, D.C.


District of Columbia


United States

About Us

At NBCUniversal, we believe in the talent of our people. It’s our passion and commitment to excellence that drives NBCU’s vast portfolio of brands to succeed. From broadcast and cable networks, news and sports platforms, to film, world-renowned theme parks and a diverse suite of digital properties, we take pride in all that we do and all that we represent. It’s what makes us uniquely NBCU. Here you can create the extraordinary. Join us.


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