Public Affairs Intern (Unpaid Intern)
This internship recruitment will remain posted on a continuous
basis until the needs of the Agency are met. Students and recent
graduates are encouraged to apply immediately.
Students and recent graduates will need to apply early as the
background investigation for this position can take two to three
months to complete.
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
The Office of Public Affairs is responsible for engaging
stakeholders and providing honest and transparent communication.
Its goal is to build and maintain a strong reputation for the
Orange County Sheriff's Department by developing mutually
beneficial partnerships and serving as the primary liaison between
the community, the media and elected officials.
The Public Affairs Division is seeking outgoing, dependable
individuals with positive attitudes who can work independently in a
fast-paced environment. Professional appearance and business attire
The Public Affairs Division is made up of several collaborative
programs including Community Relations, Government Relations, Media
Relations and Public Relations.
The Public Affairs Division coordinates ongoing activities that
include community/special events and outreach that advances the
strategic initiatives and goals of the department. Interns will be
involved in various community, government, public and media
Responsibilities may include:
- Drafting public relations materials such as news releases,
media alerts, fact sheets, FAQs, briefings, talking points, scripts
and other materials as assigned
- Writing Facebook posts, tweets, blog articles and items for the
- Reviewing and maintaining news clips and articles
- Coordinating and organizing photos for collateral projects
- Assisting with event coordination and general administrative
duties such as answering phones and maintaining files
Applicants must currently enrolled in an accredited
college/university majoring in journalism, public affairs,
communications, public administration, public relations, community
relations, political science, social ecology or a similar field; or
be a recent graduate who completed their degree in one of the above
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Ability to research information and prepare collateral and
- Experience with social media platforms
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and
Minimum 10 - 20 hours per week for 3 - 6 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 this
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 or recent
graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:
- Build resumes and explore career options
- Apply academic skills and knowledge to the workplace
- Fulfill college/university internship requirements
- Network in their fields of interest with professionals who are
dedicated to making a positive difference in Orange County
- Intern with one of the premier employers in the region
Applicants must attach a cover letter, resume, unofficial
transcripts, and a writing sample to their application. 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.
Applications that do not include a cover letter, resume,
unofficial transcripts, and a writing sample will not be
REQUIRED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION
Background investigations that can take two to three months to
process will be conducted on applicants who have successfully
interviewed for the internship and wish to pursue placement.
The background investigation includes a 20 - 30-minute
pre-screen interview. The pre-screen interview for out-of-state
applicants can be conducted by phone. An additional three-hour
in-person interview and Livescan fingerprinting are also
The following documents will be completed by qualified
applicants during the background investigation:
- Civilian Personal History form, includes employment history &
- Notarized Authorization to Release Information form
As part of the background investigation, applicants will be
required to provide five references along with original copies of
the following documents (Do NOT attach these documents to your
- Birth certificate (original or certified copy) or if
applicable, naturalization certificate/resident card (Passport is
- Valid, state-issued driver's license or ID
- Social Security card
- Proof of current automobile liability insurance coverage,
listing applicant as an insured driver
- Official college transcript(s) (Required for applicants who
have completed their degree(s) and must be submitted in a
On some occasions, interns may be required to provide their own
transportation to community events, meetings, etc. located
throughout Orange County. Interns who operate a vehicle as part of
their duties must possess a valid driver's license and proof of
auto insurance coverage for personal injuries and property
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment
process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in
our application and use only one email account.
NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and
should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications
with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment
process for any positions for which you apply.
Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the
recruitment proceeds via email through the GovernmentJobs.com site.
Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders,
and/or accept emails ending with "governmentjobs.com" and
"ocgov.com." If your email address should change, please update
your profile at www.governmentjobs.com.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
For additional internship postings, please check our Web site at
the following link: http://ocgov.com/gov/volunteer/internships/college
Click here for additional Frequently Asked Questions.
For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please
contact Jeff Hentzen at (714) 834-2892 or
Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,
encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.