WSDOT Communications Internship

Are you seeking hands-on experience in public outreach and communications for a highly visible, well-respected state agency? The Washington State Department of Transportation has volunteer communications internships available for spring 2012.

You will learn how to:

• Develop outreach materials and publications

• Coordinate open houses/public meetings and events

• Write traffic related advisories, news releases, etc.

• Respond to customer service inquiries

• Research and write for employee newsletter

• Develop content and update Web pages

• Create and edit social media content

• Shoot photos and produce video

• Coordinate construction project communications




• Three-month volunteer period

• Minimum of 10 hours per week (flexible schedule)

Desired qualifications

• Communications, Public Relations, Journalism or English major

• 1-2 years of writing, editing or customer service experience

• Familiar with social media platforms

• Proficient with Microsoft Office applications

• Able to work independently with limited supervision



This is an unpaid, volunteer position with the Washington State Department of Transportation in Seattle, WA. Internship will begin April 2 and conclude June 29, 2012. Volunteers may earn course credit for work performed.


To apply

Please send a resume, letter of interest and three writing samples to by

March 2, 2012



Vickie Sheehan, WSDOT Communications

15700 Dayton Ave. N. Seattle 98133



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Title VI Notice to Public


It is the Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) policy to assure that no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin or sex, as provided by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise discriminated against under any of its federally funded programs and activities. Any person who believes his/her Title VI protection has been violated, may file a complaint with WSDOT’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO). For additional information regarding Title VI complaint procedures and/or information regarding our non-discrimination obligations, please contact OEO’s Title VI Coordinators, George Laue at (509) 324-6018 or Jonte’ Sulton at (360) 705-7082.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information


Materials can be provided in alternative formats: large print, Braille, cassette tape, or on computer disk for people with disabilities by calling the ADA/504 Compliance Manager, Shawn Murinko at (360) 705-7097. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact OEO through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1.



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