Communications intern with Seattle City Council

Seattle City Council

Communication Internship

Fall 2013


Job Title: City Council Communications Intern

Reports to: Deputy Director of Communications, Legislative Department

Length of Commitment: 10-12 weeks (One Academic Quarter or Semester), min. 8 hours/week

Location: Seattle City Hall, 600 4th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Salary: Unpaid – student to determine credits issued with academic institution


Desired Qualifications:  Students with media, writing, broadcasting, journalism, PR emphasis. An interest in government, communications or writing is preferred but not required. The selected applicant will support our communications staff in providing quality control to the web site, writing about council initiatives, and providing assistance with social media.  The ideal applicant should have the ability to adapt and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, attention to detail, and effective written and interpersonal communication skills.


Project Duties



·        Track news reports and develop a comprehensive list of City Council mentions in daily media/blogs

·        Develop content for issue-specific webpages on current/upcoming City Council legislation

·        Update press list(s), segment by topic

·        Review materials for consistency of voice and message

·        Event planning and execution



·        Writing, drafting, and strategy around a specific issue

·        Research, including trends, case studies and government-specific best practices

·        Establish social media baseline(s),e.g. quantify current “likes” and “followers”

·        Monitor social media for trends/mood/mentions and community events to highlight

·        Study best practices for social media in city government


·        Writing for the web

·        Writing for different audiences (press vs public)

·        Political messaging

·        Social Media strategy to inform web site content

·        Image asset gathering and cataloguing images using Flickr


About Council Communications

The Communications team strives to achieve results for the Legislative Department through creative communications and imaginative problem-solving.  We work to ensure our Councilmembers communications- and media goals are met with the highest standard of excellence possible.  Our team is comprised of the Director, the Deputy and the Webmaster, and works to advance the Councilmembers’ individual and council-wide goals. We oversee external communications functions of the Legislative Department, including written and verbal communications, media relations, event support and web site management.  More information is available online:

How To Apply

Contact Dana Robinson Slote: 206.615.0061 or