Communications Internship

Posted on October 1st, 2014

CLASS TITLE: INTERN – COMMUNICATIONS (Unpaid/School Credit)

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The intern will assist with projects and tasks related to media affairs, public relations, community outreach, digital media, and external/internal communications for all four county offices.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Reports to the Director of Communications

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: None.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES: This internship focuses on communications (media, print, etc.) for the District Attorney’s Office, 18th Judicial District.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: The following essential job functions and examples of duties are illustrative only and are not intended to be all inclusive; positions assigned to this class may not perform all of the duties listed:

· Management of daily news aggregation

· Researching topics for internal briefs

· Assisting in coverage of high-profile cases

· Drafting press news releases and op-eds

· Keeping track of community events in all four counties

· Administrative duties, as assigned

· Develop digital media projects (video and sound editing experience, a plus)

· Manage photographs and any digital art

REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE,AND ABILITIES:

Candidates should be undergraduate students with an interest in criminal justice, journalism, and/or public relations. The ideal candidate will have the following skills and characteristics:

· Good writer and detail-oriented – Interns will often be assigned writing and research projects that require a strong attention to facts and specifics. Critical reading and writing will be necessary skills.

· Strong communicator and multitasker – The office is a dynamic environment where many items can be happening at once. An ability to be articulate under pressure and juggle multiple tasks at a time is critical.

· Professional – With the nature of the office, professionalism in demeanor and discretion will be paramount.

· Self-starter and can see projects to completion with little supervision

· An eagerness to learn about the criminal justice system and communications efforts

EDUCATION: Currently enrolled as an undergraduate student.

EXPERIENCE: None.

COMPLEXITY/RESPONSIBILITY: Interns are responsible for projects and tasks as assigned. They must be able to make a commitment of at least ten (10) hours per week.

SCOPE OF INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: Contacts with office staff and parties involved in the justice system.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is generally confined to a standard office environment and requires no more than normal physical abilities.