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Internship Openings for public information interns and graphic arts interns

Published November 28, 2012
The Leon County Community & Media Relations Office is seeking interns for the upcoming Spring 2013 semester. The ideal applicant is a public relations, graphic arts, journalism, event planning or communications major and someone who is willing to work, listen and think quickly on his or her feet. Punctuality, professionalism and willingness to learn and actively contribute are crucial.
We are interested in a public information intern, a public information intern specializing in creative/graphic arts and a public information intern specializing in event planning. These are not paid positions. Interns who are selected, however, will gain valuable experience in real-world media relations, local-government communication strategies and managing a collective message.
This is a competitive internship, so spots will go quickly. I have copied other FSU faculty members to this email in the hopes of  spreading the word about the internship opportunities.
Should you have any questions, please call Angeline Taylor, Public Information Specialist at (850) 606-5314.
To apply, contact VolunteerLEON at: .
The internship descriptions are as follows:
Public Information Intern
The Public Information Office is responsible for public information and education, communications strategy and message development, media and public relations, and the marketing of County programs and services. The office aims to develop and maintain a continuous positive image of Leon County government by fostering proactive and responsive communication with the public.
The Public Information Intern will be selected to assist with media relations and special events; draft news releases and media advisories to promote county activities; prepare news stories for publication for internal and/or external publications; some photography, design & page layout and general aid in carrying out the day-to-day operations of Leon County’s Community & Media Relations Office.
Public Information – Creative/Graphic Arts Intern
The public information – creative/graphic arts intern is responsible for promoting a positive public image for Leon County through proactive and responsible communication with the public, employees, and media partners. This position will accomplish this through various communication methods including: public awareness, community outreach, media relations.
Qualifications include: a strong creative design and layout skills preferred for this internship.  Knowledge of Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator software desired. Design samples or portfolio may be requested at the time of interview.
Public Information – Event Planning Intern
The public information – event planning intern is responsible for negotiating, budgeting, establishing dates (and/or alternate dates), selecting and reserving event sites, coordinating parking, speakers, location support, decor, signage and more.
This is a fast-paced environment that may require several events to be going on at one time. As such, both internal and external communication and organization are vital.
Intern will also assist with media relations, which may include (but not limited to) drafting news releases and media advisories to promote county activities; prepare news stories for publication in internal and/or external county or community publications; aid in carrying out the day-to-day operations of the Public Information Office.