Fareed Zakaria GPS is CNN’s award-winning foreign affairs program. Host Fareed Zakaria offers his take on international events and global economic trends, moderates panels of global thinkers, and interviews the world’s top policymakers. Interns assist in all aspects of production, from a story’s inception to research and fact-checking to gathering visual elements.
Here is the outline of a typical week:
Monday/Tuesday: Pitch story ideas, collate and summarize viewer responses from the previous week’s show, attend weekly show meetings, help with research and element-gathering for GPS special productions.
Wednesday: Continue to pitch ideas, research, and begin to gather video elements for edit.
Thursday/Friday: Fact-check scripts, help producers by gathering images and web material for post-production, prompt in the control room and watch Dr. Zakaria’s interviews in full.
Interns may also fact-check.
▪ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
▪ Knowledgeable about international affairs and the global economy
▪ Self-motivated and able to function in a fast-paced environment
▪ A great attitude with a passion for television news
▪ Video production skills a plus
▪ Foreign language skills preferred
▪ Availability on Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. is mandatory
2018 Intern Reflection
I have greatly enjoyed working at Fareed Zakaria, GPS. The work here has been interesting and exciting, with each week covering the biggest issues of the world analyzed by the most knowledgeable experts. As an intern, I have pitched stories and ideas for consideration to include in the weekly show, edited video and visuals to add to stories, worked on live shows, and more. The team is close-knit and much smaller than I would have expected for a wide-reaching news program, as less employees are required for a weekly show than for a live show.
GPS’s focus on analyzing the news in a weekly format, rather than focusing on breaking the news in a 24 hour format, enables engaging and objective discussion that I believe is unique among most news programs. It has been amazing to be able to help create this dialogue, and I am very grateful that I have been able to be a part of the show. As a concentrator in Government, I found my interest in international relations helpful for this internship, and would highly recommend this program to anyone searching for an opportunity that involves any related studies as well as journalism or television production / video editing.
George Attia Alexander '20
2017 Intern Reflection
Working at Fareed Zakaria GPS has been one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences I have had at Harvard. As an intern, I get to work with a small and tight-knit team including Fareed and his producers, and get to grapple with the biggest issues in the world each week. The office culture is supportive and collaborative, in addition to being fast-paced and exacting. I have loved how the entire team has been supportive and totally open to any ideas and contributions, and I have been challenged by how they hold me (and themselves) to the highest standard.
In the past week or so, I have had to triple check refugee numbers from the original government statistics, and read over 200 pages in under 24 hours to help prepare for a guest’s interview. Other assignments this summer have included pulling videos of President Trump threatening to “bomb the hell” out of ISIS of CNN’s database and writing a segment about America’s new aircraft carrier that made it onto the air. It has been a ton of fun, and you walk away from each week knowing you made a meaningful (if small) contribution to one of America’s top national shows, watched by hundreds of thousands each week. I would recommend this internship without reservations to anyone looking to get some exposure to journalism, an anyone with any interest in international affairs.
Philip Balson '19
2016 Intern Reflection:
I have watched Fareed Zakaria on CNN for as long as I can remember. His analytical approach to covering international relations is a breath of fresh air in the world of the 24 hour news cycle, and it was this specific style of journalism that drew me to apply. Needless to say I had very high hopes for this internship, and it has not disappointed. At GPS, I have already had the opportunity to work on interviews with the Secretary of the Treasury, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the President of Mexico. In the broader CNN community, I have met an amazing network of other college students and have proposed ideas for the future direction of the network to the Global President of CNN.
On Mondays and Tuesdays, I am encouraged to pitch stories to the entire GPS team. The producers are extremely encouraging and love hearing my ideas. I spend Wednesdays collecting images and footage for the different show segments. Thursdays are always hectic, as we juggle studio times, escorting high profile guests in and out of the Time Warner Center, and pulling any last minute facts or photos to make the story that much more compelling. I did not have much multimedia editing experience prior to this job, but introductory courses during the first week of the internship helped me hit the ground running. So, on Fridays I spend the day working with the editors and producers to pull all the different sound bites and interviews into a finished product!
The other staff members are a wealth of knowledge, and they actively encourage me to pursue any stories that might interest me. The work is stimulating and I feel that I am really contributing to the team. For anyone interested in International Relations or broader geopolitical trends, I believe GPS with Fareed Zakaria is the best place to cultivate those passions.
Sydney Steel '19