Communications/PR Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

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

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

Several County of Orange agencies/departments offer placement in or near Santa Ana, CA.

Functions of Agency/Department:

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 department offer internships related to Public Relations. Please visit the County's Web site at for a more in-depth look at the County of Orange.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Assist staff in the day-to day activities within a busy governmental agency or department. The student or recent graduate selected for the position would be asked to 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; assisting with department newsletter; event planning; posting updates to department Intranet; creating/updating media talking points; 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, Communications, Journalism or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Excellent written and oral communication skills, computer literate, detail oriented, reliable, neat appearance.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 12 - 15 hours per week for 3 to 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 the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment, students and 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

How to Apply:

In addition to the application requirements that can be accessed at the link listed below, prospective interns must provide a writing sample.

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