ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATION
Seattle Parks and Recreation is the steward of more than 6,200 acres of public lands, or approximately 10 percent of the total acreage within the City of Seattle. The department had more than 1 million registered users for our classes and programs in 2009. Seattle Parks and Recreation manages more than 430 parks, 26 community centers, 4 environmental learning centers, 10 swimming pools, 27 wading pools and 3 water play areas. We create community through people, parks and programs.
Unpaid intern, Volunteer, Part-Time
Communications Strategic Advisor
If intern wishes to receive academic credit for the internship, it will be the intern’s responsibility to make arrangements with his or her school. Seattle Parks and Recreation will provide the necessary job description and performance review upon request.
This internship will assist the communications strategic advisor and the director of communications in ensuring high-quality publications through writing, editing and some production, and promoting the department’s programs and services through marketing vehicles, including press releases and social media. The intern will have the opportunity to design their work based on the outcomes they hope to achieve from the position.
Responsibilities may include:
- Writing PSAs, press releases, e-newsletters, communication plans and letters
- Developing flyers, forms, displays and PowerPoint presentations, etc.
- Contacting media online professionals to initiate or follow up with outreach attempts
- Assisting with photo and video opportunities
- Working with programs to develop stories and generate media interest
- Maintaining files and preparing written recommendations for future projects
- Updating, maintaining and improving the department’s social media sites
- Must be a student seeking a college degree or a recent graduate
- Excellent written, verbal and visual communication skills required
- Strong organizational and interpersonal skills a must
- Good organizational and time management skills
- Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Must be self-sufficient, a self-starter and ready to learn
- Willingness and ability to contact and work with members of online media
- Ability to think creatively and to share ideas
This position requires sitting for extended periods of time while on the computer and telephone. The candidate also assists with gathering of supplies for some community events or presentations as well as creating displays and hanging signage.
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN
- Solid communications experience
- The opportunity custom-design your own internship to meet your individual academic and career needs
- Flexible hours, with appropriate notice, the supervisor will work to schedule hours around exams and other deadlines
- The opportunity to interact with other professionals in the business, government and academic and nonprofit sectors
- A great professional recommendation for your valuable work
- Knowledge that you are making a difference in your community
- What are your career goals?
- What do you expect out an internship with Seattle Parks and Recreation?
- What special qualities will you bring to this internship?
- What is the time frame (day/month to day/month) that you expect to serve, and what days and hours are you available to work?
Please send a cover letter, resume and answers to supplemental questions to:
Joelle Hammerstad by Friday, Sept. 17. No phone calls, please.
Communications Strategic Advisor
100 Dexter Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109