Corporate Communications Intern-PAID!

Corporate Communications Intern

Salary: $14.38 – $17.62 Hourly

 Location: Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington Job Type: College Intern

Shift: Day

Department: Seattle Public Utilities

Bargaining Unit: Not represented

Closing Date 05/08/12 04:00 PM Pacific Time Position Description:

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) is seeking three Corporate Communications interns to work with communications professionals to provide excellent communications services for internal and external customers. These interns will be working in the Corporate Communications Division of the Directors Office. These interns will report to either the Corporate Communications Director, or the Branch Communications supervisor.

The selected interns will learn both external and internal communications methods for SPU Branches.

There are three internship opportunities available, and will be filled at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The projected start date for these internships is late-May. These internships are for up to 18 months or graduation, whichever comes first. We require a 1-year commitment for each intern opportunity.

Pay rates:

Undergraduate – $14.38/hr

Graduate – $17.62

Learning objectives include:

Support communications strategies and tactics for SPU department-wide employee communications.

Support SPU Branch Communications team.

Develop business writing and editing skills.

Create inclusive outreach strategies to improve internal and external communications.

Job Responsibilities:

Each intern will work with the Communications team in activities such as:

Participate in external communications projects, such as writing outreach newsletters, public notices, press releases, and representing SPU at community meetings and outreach events.

Work with project teams to develop, edit and proofread marketing materials.

Work with branch employees to develop branch communications materials, including newsletters, Web content, and leaders’ talking points.

Participate in project teams and work groups to develop outreach strategies and tactics for internal and external communications.

Assist in collecting feedback from internal and external clients regarding the quality and content of the communications they receive.


Education: Applicants must be a junior or senior undergraduate student, or a graduate-level student pursuing a degree and/or certificate in Communications, Public Administration, Business, Political Science, English, Marketing, or closely related field.

Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time for the equivalent of 12 credits for the duration of the internship.

Graduate students must be enrolled full-time for the equivalent of at least 9 credits, or the school full-time equivalent if different, for the duration of the internship.

Verification of enrollment for either graduate or graduate students is required at time of application.

Experience requirements:

Ability to juggle multiple tasks

Excellent written and oral communications skills Ability to document procedures and clearly convey steps in a complex process Ability to meet deadlines Must be familiar with Microsoft Office software

Licensing: Valid Washington State drivers’s license is required. Selected applicant will be required to provide a complete driver’s abstract as a condition of hire.

Additional Information:

Desired Qualifications:


Familiarity with marketing strategies, communications plans and written procedures Experience in journalism or other strong writing background Website maintenance Project management Proficiency in Adobe software applications a plus Ability to adapt and learn different technologies (content management system, video equipment)

Hours:   During school sessions, work hours will be scheduled to complement class schedules (15-20 hours per week). The internship opportunities may permit up to 40 hours during breaks and summer months. Work is normally between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.

Students must be enrolled for the duration of the internship for a minimum of 12 credit hours for an undergraduate, or a minimum of 9 credit hours for a graduate student. Must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 (graduate).

How to Apply:

Upload your college/university’s unofficial transcript. This should include a list of completed courses, courses currently in, grades for each of the courses as well as cumulative GPA. An official transcript will be required at time of hire.

Spring quarter course schedule IF the transcript does not include this information Cover letter indicating your interest in this internship Resume clearly identifying how you meet qualifications Selected applicants invited to interview will need to provide a writing sample and references at the time of interview.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions about the application?


Job #2012-01449


If you are unable to apply on-line you may submit a paper application by the closing date to our office.


Seattle Municipal Tower

700 5th Avenue, Suite 5400

Seattle, WA 98104



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