Communications Intern

  • Internship
  • Calrsbad
  • Posted 1 month ago

The City of Carlsbad

$18.00 – $20.28 Hourly
This internship is geared toward recent graduates and those soon to graduate who would like to explore a career in the communication field.

The city’s Communication & Engagement Department handles all internal and external communication for this mid-sized coastal city located between San Diego and Los Angeles. The department’s work is designed to create and maintain mutually beneficial relationships between the city and those it serves. Our main functions include:

·         Encouraging community members to participate in city decision-making

·         Raising awareness of city services, programs and events

·         Promoting behaviors that protect public safety and the environment

·         Helping city employees be informed and engaged

·         Serving as public information officers in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency

Why Carlsbad?
An internship in the City of Carlsbad’s Communication & Engagement Department offers opportunities to gain professional experience in:

·         Writing and editing

·         Website content management and strategy

·         Digital media and advertising

·         Communication strategy

·         Issues management

·         Marketing and promotions

·         Media relations

We will work with you to design a portfolio of work that supports your career goals and interests. The department expects to recruit for a full-time entry-level position at the end of summer 2022 for which our summer intern(s) would be invited to apply.

Hours & Duration

20- to 40-hours a week, based on your preference and availability
Minimum of four days a week in the office (this helps you have a more meaningful experience because you can work on projects start to finish and be assigned a higher level of work.)


We will tailor your workload based on your professional development goals. Typical intern responsibilities could include:
Researching, writing, editing and proofreading news releases, web content, and social media copy
Developing and overseeing the production of graphic design projects
Assisting with video production
Preparing PowerPoint presentations
Planning public meetings and groundbreaking/ribbon cutting events
Managing website pages, updating content and drafting new content
Overseeing photo shoots
Updating databases
Attending and monitoring City Council meetings and meetings of city boards, commissions and committees
Developing analytic reports for the city website, social media and email programs
Increasing trust and transparency in city government

Effective interpersonal skills.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with city staff and the public.
Ability to think creatively and quickly while managing multiple tasks/projects.

Must be currently enrolled in, or recently graduated from, an accredited academic course/program or technical/trade school, preferably with a focus in communication, marketing or a related field.

Candidates appointed to internship positions are fingerprinted and subject to a credit and criminal background check by the State Department of Justice.