Website City of Half Moon Bay
501 Main Street Half Moon Bay, 94019. Due to COVID-19, this internship position will be temporarily structured for a remote environment.
City of Half Moon Bay
Intern – Communications / City Clerk Department
The City of Half Moon Bay will host a fully remote internship position for a current or recently- graduated student with the Communications/ City Clerk Department.
About the City
The City of Half Moon Bay is a Bay Area coastal community of approximately 12,500 residents and is located 25 miles south of San Francisco. The City is governed by a ﬁve-member elected City Council and utilizes the council-manager form of government. The City Council appoints a City Manager who is responsible for the oversight of daily operations and provides leadership for the City’s programs. The City currently employs 40 full-time employees in the following departments: City Manager’s Oﬃce, Administrative Services and Finance, Community Development, Public Works, and Communications/ City Clerk. The City also contracts Public Safety with San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.
The City and surrounding Coastside are a thriving agricultural, ﬁshing, tourism, and recreational destination. There is a rich culture of diverse traditions and multi-generational families who have lived in Half Moon Bay for well over 100 years. In any given neighborhood you will ﬁnd farmers, high-tech entrepreneurs, and artists living together.
About the Department
The Communications/ City Clerk Department is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and innovative individual interested in sharpening their communications skills in a municipal government setting. This internship provides an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in city administration, local government, and community engagement. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to assist in outreach, digital media, and other communications initiatives. Through mentorship and under general supervision, the successful candidate will be responsible to complete speciﬁc projects and a variety of ongoing assignments to help develop their knowledge and skills. Some of the various projects and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Assist with Social Media content (graphic design, writing and monitoring).
- Assist with graphic design for social media, website, and general outreach.
- Assist in the development of community outreach programs and events.
- Assist with elections and district election community meetings (planning and outreach).
- Support the Communications Director/City Clerk and Communications Program Manager on numerous interdepartmental projects.
This position is a remote internship meant for current or recently-graduated college students. Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be some completed college coursework with a major in Public Administration, Communications, Public Policy, or Business Administration.
- Social Media Applications (Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, Twitter)
- Graphic or Digital Media Design (Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and Photoshop, and Canva)
- Microsoft Office software (Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word and PowerPoint)
- Local government operations
- Growth – we are committed to exposing you to a work environment that will sharpen your writing, presentation, research, analysis, and critical thinking skills.
- Training – this internship experience will provide real-world experience and training toward an entry-level professional position within a city government.
- Mentoring – the selected intern will be mentored by city staff.
- Networking – access to a network of professionals in the field of local government.
Applicants must be college students living in California, currently enrolled in and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recently graduated, at an accredited college or university in a related field (e.g., Communications, Digital/Graphic Design, or Public Administration). The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in pursuing a career in local government communications. The candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, reliable, punctual, and honest. The candidate will also have the ability to learn new processes quickly and efficiently, as well as a desire to provide services to the community.
This is a temporary position and does not receive benefits.