Communications/Public Affairs Intern
Date inactive: 12/31/2012
Name Of Organization: Sussex County, Del., government
Address: 2 The Circle/PO Box 589
Georgetown DE 19947
ContactPerson: Chip Guy, Communications Director
Phone: (302) 854-5000
Description Of Internship: The communications/public affairs intern works directly with the Sussex County Communications Director in the County Administrations Office of Public Information. The mission of this office is to develop and disseminate information related to County government and its activities. The Office of Public Information is a vital conduit between the County government and the constituents it serves, responding to both external and internal requests for information. The candidate must be able to exercise judgment and tact in dealing with elected officials, the public and the news media. The candidate reports to the Communications Director and/or the County Administrator, but will be expected to work independently with general guidance and limited supervision. The internship candidate will assist in all aspects of the following duties performed by the Office of Public Information: responding to public requests for information, writing news releases, photographing certain public events, processing media requests, scheduling media interviews, tracking local and regional news reports, coordinating certain County events, conducting research, preparing public presentations, designing brochures/pamphlets, drafting speeches/talking points, writing County Council proclamations, maintaining general website content, managing the Countys social media presence, and shepherding other projects delegated to the Communications Director by the County Administrator.
Qualifications: The candidate, as a representative of County government, must be able to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders, including staff, elected officials, members of the media, and the general public. Candidate must have a high level of interpersonal communication skills to handle sensitive and confidential situations; must possess the ability to establish priorities; must meet deadlines; and must have an attention to detail in composing and proofing materials, including news releases, presentations, resolutions, etc. The candidate will work with a variety of equipment, including PCs, copiers/printers, telephones, digital cameras, etc. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office 2007/2010 Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint), as well as social media platforms (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.) is required. Digital photography experience, as well as a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress 7/8 and/or other photo editing and/or graphic design programs is highly preferred, but not required. During the course of the internship, the candidate in this position also will be expected to learn and utilize other software and web-based programs (e.g. TVEyes MMS, Hootsuite, etc.) used by the Office of Public Information. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a college/university, with an interest in communications, graphic design, journalism, marketing/public relations, political science and/or public administration preferred.
Application Procedures: Candidates are asked to provide a cover letter, professional resume (if work history is applicable to the field) and minimum of three (3) samples of their work, including writing (newspaper articles, press releases, etc.), photography and/or graphic design. Candidate submissions can be made via standard mail or electronic mail.
Rate Of Pay: Unpaid
Additional Notes: The candidate acknowledges this internship position is an educational opportunity offered without financial compensation or the promise of future employment, and must agree to a substance abuse screening and criminal background check in order to be accepted.