Communications/Social Media/
Media Relations Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Communications/Social Media/Media Relations Intern  (unpaid internship)

County of Orange Agencies/Departments :

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.

Several County agencies and departments offer internships related to communications, public relations, social media and media relations.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

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 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; and interacting with other governmental- and community-based organizations.

Educational Requirements:

This internship is best suited for students or recent graduates with majors in the following areas: public relations, political science, marketing, communications, journalism or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Excellent written and oral communication skills, experience in working with Microsoft Office Suite, thorough knowledge of social media platforms such as Facebook, Linked-In, Twitter, etc., detail oriented, reliable and neat appearance.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 12 - 15 hours per week for 3 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. and 5 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Required Background Screening/Reference Check:

Prior to placement, applicants may be asked to submit contact information for reference checks, and a LiveScan criminal record check through the California Department of Justice will be conducted. A Social Security number and valid state-issued driver’s license are required for the LiveScan.

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:

  • Build resumes and explore career options;
  • Apply skills and knowledge to the workplace;
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements;
  • Network in their field of interest with professionals who are dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County; and
  •  Intern with one of the premier employers in the region.

How to Apply:

Students will need to email a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcripts, a writing sample, examples of social media experience, and complete the Supplemental Information Form to CountyofOrangeInterns@ocgov.com

The Supplemental Form can be located here as a WORD file or a PDF file

Additional information on the application process can be accessed using the link below.

Internship Application Process  Questions