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News Associates Program

The News Associates Program is a one-year long staff position designed to give participants real-world news experience. Aspiring journalists with diverse backgrounds hone research skills, work on developing news stories in a working news bureau, and participate in field and studio production on a variety of news programs.

Applications will be accepted now through April 3, 2019 at 5 pm ET.

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A Commitment to Diversity

Our highly competitive program identifies outstanding aspiring journalists who bring diverse backgrounds to news production and news coverage. The program represents NBC's strong commitment to develop a diverse editorial staff within NBC News. The News Associates program is designed to attract candidates of racial, ethnic, economic and geographical diversity, as well as candidates with disabilities.

Behind the Scenes of NBC News

The News Associates program is a fast-track opportunity for people with the goal to learn news-gathering and production skills. It is not designed to train people who wish to be on-air reporters. Participants work on programs such as the nightly news, a morning news program, cable news, at an assignment desk, or on a “magazine” program. The program consists of several long-term assignments on a news program and/or a news bureau. In addition, News Associates have the opportunity to rotate through MSNBC, our 24 hour cable news channel, which will be especially interested in candidates with experience in politics during this election year.  Each News Associate is assigned a mentor who is an experienced staff member. News Associates undergo an intense week-long orientation filled with workshops, lunches with guest speakers and training.

A Successful Track Record

Over 80 percent of the News Associates who've completed the program have gone on to various producing positions with NBC News. Some are currently with "Dateline," "NBC Nightly News", "Today", "Weekend Today", or with MSNBC, CNBC, or our Burbank bureau.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Ability to work in New York, NY.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV and complete the essay questions through to be considered.
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
  • Must be 18 years or greater.
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in United States through September 2029.
  • Must be willing to work overtime, nights, holidays, and weekends, often with short notice.
  • Must be willing to sign a one-year employment contract committing to remain with the company for one year in New York, NY.

Desired Characteristics

  • Masters degree.
  • Journalism experience.
  • Highly motivated individuals.
  • Commitment to Television News Production as a career.
  • Solid writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.
  • Proven leadership skills.


Click Here to Apply

During the application period, you are able to upload your resume and answer the following questions:

  • In terms of diverse life experiences, what separates you from the rest of the candidates for the program?
  • Identify an issue that was recently covered in the news and explain why you think it was (or was not) newsworthy.
  • Write about an experience, place or person that triggered your interest in journalism.
  • Describe a situation in which you witnessed empathy in action.
  • Media outlets have long been described as having a responsibility to the public. What does this responsibility mean to you and can this responsibility be abused?
  • Compare and contrast the differences between digital and broadcast storytelling. What are the benefits and drawbacks of each format?
  • Describe what you think is a pivotal moment in the election cycle to date and whether or not it was adequately covered by the news media.
  • Identify a societal issue that seldom attracts the attention of the news media. How would you cover this issue as a journalist?
  • Which journalism associations, if any, are you affiliated with?
  • Which professional publications (e.g. trade magazines), if any, do you subscribe to?
  • Please indicate the countries where you are legally authorized to work.
  • Are you legally authorized to work in the United States without NBCU sponsorship through September 2029?
  • Please indicate which languages you have conversationally fluent.

What Happens Next

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we will only be able to respond to those students in whom we have interest. If you are contacted for an interview, in most cases, you will speak with, or meet someone from NBC News. A final decision is made after a final in person interview.


We offer a competitive salary, outstanding benefits package and the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development and recognizes your achievements. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.