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Communications/Social Media/Media Relations Intern (Unpaid Intern)

Company: Orange County
Location: Santa Ana
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:



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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 HERE.


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.



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 site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at


For additional internship postings, please check our Web site at the following link:

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.

Keywords: Orange County, Santa Ana , Communications/Social Media/Media Relations Intern (Unpaid Intern), Other , Santa Ana, California

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