When he met with her, Clinton told Capus that she had been moved during her mother's campaign by stories of people making personal contributions to the world, and that those are the kinds of stories she'd like to tell.
"Having somebody who was going to do really captivating feature assignments for the 'Making a Difference' franchise really kind of synched up," Capus said, while stressing that the former first daughter would be more than just a talking head.
"She wants to be in the field for the shoot and in the edit room for the edit," he said.
After graduating from Stanford and completing a master's at Oxford, Clinton worked in New York for a hedge fund, earing more than $200,000 a year. Last year, she completed a master's in public health at Columbia University in New York and began working with Clinton Foundation. She also married investment banker Marc Mezvisnky.
While working for NBC, Clinton will continue her work with her father's foundation, as well as her doctoral studies at New York University and her board work for the American Ballet School.
"We both want to see how this goes," Capus said. "It will be full-time for the near-term future. But I hope it's the beginning of a nice, long-term relationship."
Clinton is the second daughter of a president to be hired by NBC News. Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of President George W. Bush, works as a correspondent for NBC's "Today" show. At sister network, MSNBC, Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, is a contributor.