August 23, 2013

Communications intern with Seattle City Council

By engladv

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

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