County of OrangeSanta Ana 92701
Internship

Assisting in the preparation and distribution of press releases Providing support with social media sites.

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Communications/social Media/media Relations Intern

County of Orange
Internship 15  per week 333 W Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701, United States
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Overview

CAREER DESCRIPTION

Position

 Communications/Social Media/Media Relations Intern (Unpaid Intern)
This internship recruitment will remain posted on a continuous basis until the needs of the County are met. 
COUNTY OF ORANGE

The County of Orange is a collection of dedicated, public-spirited individuals, who together comprise a regional service provider and planning agency committed to maximizing resources and improving the quality of life in Orange County. Our core businesses are public safety, public health, environmental protection, regional planning, public assistance, social services and aviation.



THE OPPORTUNITY

Applicants who apply for this internship can expect their application to be seen by various County of Orange agencies including, but not limited to, the Social Services Agency, OC Sheriff's Department, the OC Health Care Agency, and OC Waste & Recycling.


Interns will assist staff in the day-to day activities within a busy governmental agency or department. Students or recent graduates selected for the position perform a range of duties from very basic activities to those requiring higher skill levels and professional expertise. 


Duties vary by agency, but may include: 

  • Assisting in the preparation and distribution of press releases

  • Providing support with social media sites

  • Responding to questions from the public and community organizations

  • Event planning; assisting with department newsletter

  • Creating and updating media talking points

  • Posting updates to the department's Intranet

  • Coordinating special projects and community outreach

  • Creating and updating resource material

  • Interacting with other governmental and community-based organizations


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must currently be enrolled in an accredited college/university majoring in

public relations, political science, marketing, communications, journalism or related fields. 

Recent graduates who have completed their degree in one of the above fields are also eligible to apply.



SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Excellent written and oral communication skills; experience in working with Microsoft Office Suite; thorough knowledge of social media platforms, including Instagram, Twitter and Facebook; experience in developing/sharing videos via social media; detail oriented and reliable.



TIME COMMITMENT

Minimum 12 - 15  hours per week for three or more months. Hours can be scheduled in 3 to 8 hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. -  5 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.



BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO INTERN

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to paid employment or include employee benefits, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to gain extensive experience in managing public relations, marketing and social media campaigns within a large government agency.



APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to their application. In addition, applicants will need to include a writing sample with their application materials. 


Applications that do not include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and unofficial transcripts will not be considered. 

The cover letter is an opportunity for students to describe career and academic goals, to elaborate upon personal and academic accomplishments, and to identify what type of internship experience they are seeking. Learn more about what to include in a cover letter

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REQUIRED BACKGROUND SCREENING/REFERENCE CHECK

The background screening requires the applicant's full legal name, date of birth, address and U.S. Social Security number. Please note that certain agencies may have longer background processes.

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