Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

February 2, 2017

Communications and Outreach Intern | City of Seattle

Position Description:

The Office of Arts and Culture is seeking an undergraduate student to intern with the Communications and Outreach team. The Communications and Outreach Team is responsible for office communications (including printed materials, website, blog and social media), outreach efforts and events (internal and external), as well as working with the press and partnering with other organizations to activate and sustain Seattle through arts and culture.

The intern will assist in all aspects of managing the office’s events and communications, including preparation and dissemination of print and online marketing materials, pre-event planning and logistics, day-of-event onsite work and planning. The internship requires work in both an office environment and outdoors at events with regular interaction with the general public. 

Educational benefit to the student: 

  • Applied experience in community development and outreach.
  • An understanding of public service and programs.
  • Experience working on a marketing and communications team.
  • Experience working in arts programming and event production.

Job Responsibilities

  • Assist with pre-planning & day-of-event logistics for variety of events. Day of activities include but are not limited to: set up, photography, interaction with constituents, staffing (registration, etc), strike/teardown of ARTS booth.
  • Assist Public Relations Specialist with marketing materials and drafts of written materials for print and web.
  • Maintain up to date shared calendar of ARTS events.
  • Compile arts related items for  ‘in the news’ brief.
  • Special projects as assigned.



This position is open to undergraduate students preferably studying Fine Arts (Music, Visual or Performing Arts), Arts Administration, Marketing or Public Relations, Event Management or related fields of study. Intern must be enrolled in accredited college courses, with a part-time or full-time course load leading to a baccalaureate, associate, or two-year certificated degree relevant to the internship. Undergraduates interns must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for the duration of the internship. 


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Able to work efficiently and accurately.
  • The ability to work quickly and collaboratively to solve problems.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
  • Operational familiarity with social media platforms.
  • Able to establish effective working relationships.
  • Occasional weekend and evening availability.
  • Must have a curiosity and interest in the Arts.
  • Must have the ability to bend and lift 30 lbs.

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of Seattle’s arts communities.
  • Experience planning, promoting and executing events.
  • Experience managing live performances, photo/video documentation of live events and/or outdoor art installations.
  • Experience with public relations, AV/Tech, marketing, and journalism a plus.
  • Experience/ familiarity with social justice, activism and/or racial equity a plus.

Additional Information

Start/End Dates: Internship will start in late February or early March 2017 with a negotiable end date. 

Schedule: Intern will be scheduled between 15 – 20 hours a week. Work will be scheduled between 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. May work weekends and evenings.

Salary: Undergraduates will be paid $16.12/hour.

How to Apply:  

To complete your application, submit the online form with the following attachments:

  • Resume
  • Your unofficial transcript – including current coursework, next term registration (if available at the time of application), and cumulative GPA.
  • Cover letter explaining how your coursework, activities, and experience qualify you for this internship.
  • Writing Sample

Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process.
Questions? Please contact Nicolette Hornbeck at

You can access the application here:

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