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Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories.

Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network.

Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 20 television brands that feature leading nonfiction content, as well as locally produced entertainment programs, sports and the best scripted series and movies from major studios. Discovery also is the leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of digital textbooks, and owns and operates a diversified portfolio of digital media services, including Revision3.

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Helping Our Employees Thrive

Discovery’s commitment to its core mission of bringing the highest quality content, services and products to consumers everywhere begins with the company’s workforce. With a global community that spans five continents and over 4,000 employees, Discovery strives to attract and retain the best people in the world by being an employer of choice with a full range of programs designed to encourage a healthy work-life balance and an open and inclusive workplace. From flexible work arrangements, to on-site health, wellness and daycare services, to mentoring and leadership development programs, Discovery recognizes that supporting a thriving employee base is key to our success.


Discovery Kids Place and Crikey Cove

In August 2008, Discovery Communications, along with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, opened Discovery Kids Place and Crikey Cove, a state-of-the-art, green child care center with a one-of-a-kind playground. Located at the global headquarters of Discovery, the center is dedicated to Steve Irwin, wildlife conservationist and member of the Discovery family. Continuing Discovery’s commitment to living and working green, the child care center is eco-friendly in its design and operations, including the use of recyclable materials in children’s art materials and bio-degradable paper goods made from sugar cane fiber. Children learn about the environment and protecting the planet through a green curriculum that is part of the center programming.

Bright Space

Recognizing that not every child has a safe place to learn and play, in December 2008, Discovery and Bright Horizons opened the Montgomery County, Md. Bright Space – a dedicated playroom for at-risk children in a newly renovated space at the Silver Spring, Md.-based Families Foremost Center. The child-friendly space was designed to meet the needs of the children and families at the Montgomery County community center. As with the creation of Discovery Kids Place, construction expertise of the Bright Space was provided by Clark Construction and architectural planning was provided by Gensler.

Wellness Center

The health and wellness of Discovery’s workforce and their families is of utmost importance and the company takes a holistic and integrated approach to providing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health services, highlighted by a full-service, on-site Wellness and Health Center at the company’s world headquarters office in Silver Spring, Maryland, as well as its Miami and New York offices. All full- and part-time Discovery employees and their dependents (over age 14 on the Discovery health care plan) may take advantage of the center services at no charge. The center offers full primary care medical services including urgent and preventive care and behavioral health and nutritional counseling. Care is provided by a certified registered nurse practitioner from Discovery’s long-time partner Take Care Health Systems (formerly Whole Health Management).

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Giving Back at the Local Level

Throughout the world, Discovery and its employees undertake a wide range of initiatives focused on making a positive impact in the local communities where we live and work. Both on an individual level and collectively through employee resource groups, such as the Multicultural Alliance, Women’s Leadership Network, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance, and the Discovery Veterans Group, Discovery employees volunteer in schools, provide assistance to in-need individuals, promote HIV/AIDS and environmental awareness, and support local community organizations and causes.

Some examples of the ways in which Discovery employees make an impact in their local communities include:

  • Local backpack and schools supply drives around the world
  • First-time filmmaker initiatives in Vietnam
  • Adopt-a-unit and homeless vets initiatives for service men and women in the U.S.
  • Job fairs for local college and university students
  • Prom dress collections for women in New Orleans
  • Projects to bring power to communities in Africa
  • Holiday adopt-a-family and warm coat initiatives
  • Elementary school reading programs
  • Food delivery programs
  • Disaster relief fundraising
  • Meeting spaces for local community groups
  • Earth Day and Earth Month projects
  • Clothing drives
  • Cell phone collections

Discovery Gets Packing

In 2008, Discovery Communications started Discovery Gets Packing: It's What's Inside That Counts, a company-wide effort led by Human Resources. Now in its fourth year, Discovery Gets Packing aims to supply over 2,000 elementary and primary school students in London, Miami, New York and Silver Spring with Hub-branded backpacks filled with many of the supplies they need to begin the new school year. In London, the backpacks are made from recycled network billboard advertisements that were redesigned, cut and sewn into unique backpacks.

Discovery generously covers the cost for the backpacks while employees around the world graciously make donations in increments of $10 or more to cover the cost of the supply kits. All of the backpack supplies are purchased from Rite Quality Office Supplies, Discovery's long-time business partner and choice vendor for office supplies in Maryland and Virginia. Delivery services for the schools in Maryland are provided by Moving Masters, another long-term partner to Discovery.

When the backpacks are delivered to students late in August and early in September, the Discovery Gets Packing initiative will have provided backpacks to over 10,000 students in four years.

Discovery Impact: Creating Change

Discovery Impact: Creating Change is Discovery Communications' pro-bono creative initiative, utilizing the power of our employee workforce to fulfill design, marketing and communications work on behalf of local nonprofit organizations.

During this 12-hour marathon, Discovery employees fulfill work that includes but is not limited to: social media training, event conception, promotional materials, websites, pamphlets, logos, PSAs, press kits and mission statements.

Creating Change took place this year in the Silver Spring office on November 7, 2013. This event featured more than 100 Discovery employees donating over 3,000 hours of work to fulfill creative requests from 17 selected organizations. Additionally, representatives from 38 nonprofits participated in the Creating Change Conference, a companion event to the marathon, featuring one-on-one sessions with Discovery executives and seminars. The application for the 2014 Creating Change Marathon will be available late summer of 2014. Please email: Impact@discovery.com for questions.

Discover Your Impact Day

"Discover Your Impact Day is Discovery's global day of employee volunteerism taking place each year in June. Started in 2010 to celebrate Discovery's 25th Anniversary, Impact Day brings the Discovery family into their local communities to give back to organizations that support land, water and people, and underscores our commitment to the people and places of the world that inspire our on-air stories.

Discover Your Impact Day 2013 took place on June 7 and featured:

  • 4,200 employees from 40 offices and in 25 countries.
  • Volunteers worked on 170 different projects.
  • Site visits from some of DCI's on-air talent, including Auction King's Paul Brown and family and Flying Wild Alaska's Ariel Tweto.
  • Staff who could not leave the office particpated in a variety of on-site projects, including making lunches for Shepherd's Table and making door hangers for children at a local hospital. 

Discovery Impact: Rebuilding Alabama

In 2011, More than 125 Discovery Communications' employees and on-air talent from across the U.S., including Reed Timmer and Tim Samaras of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC, and Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet, traveled tornado-ravaged communities in Alabama from September 22-24, 2011 to work with Greater Birmingham Habitat for Humanity on major home rebuilds and rehabilitations for affected residents of the Pleasant Grove, Jasper and Center Point suburbs of Birmingham.

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Supporting Diversity and Success

In addition to Discovery’s direct efforts to make a positive impact in our local communities and for the planet, the company also works with media industry peers to grow and diversify our industry, and leverage our collective power to address important issues. Discovery and its employees participate in a variety of industry organizations that help to ensure that the media industry is at the forefront in promoting and celebrating diversity, attracting the best talent, and supporting educational and awareness programs that make a positive impact.

Some of the industry organizations that Discovery and its employees work with include:

  • Women in Cable Television (WICT)
  • Walter Kaitz Foundation
  • NAMIC
  • Cable in the Classroom
  • The Cable Center

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    Discovery has been a great place to learn. The managers are very open to questions, give constant feedback and advice, and make you feel like part of the team.

    You will not be fetching coffee for people. As an intern, you will be part of the team.

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    The company is very vast, and there can be a daunting "breaking-in" period when it comes to the "who" and the "why". Internal politics can get complicated.

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Discovery Communications Awards & Accolades

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World's Most Admired Companies: Entertainment Industry, Fortune, 2013
Best Places to Work for Commuters, National Center for Transit Research at USF, 2012
100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother, 2013
Best Programmers for Women in Cable, Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), 2013
Top Companies for LGBT Equality 2013, WorkLife Matters Magazine, 2013
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Additional Info

Website corporate.discovery.com
Headquarters Silver Spring, MD
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1985
Type Company - Public (DISCA)
Industry Media
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

Discovery Communications is the world's #1 nonfiction media company reaching more than two billion cumulative subscribers in over 220 countries and territories.

Discovery is dedicated to satisfying curiosity through more than 190 worldwide television networks, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science and Investigation Discovery, as well as US joint venture networks OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, The Hub and 3net, the first 24-hour 3D network.

Across the Nordic region, Discovery owns and operates SBS Discovery Media, a top-three portfolio of 20 television...
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