The role of the Office of Communications is to develop strategies, create standards and produce a wide range of communications in support of key University priorities and initiatives, including development and brand marketing. Specifically, the office is responsible for media relations, public relations, publications, social media, photography and the University website.

The Office of Communications offers both student assistant positions (fully paid, no academic credit) and internships (partially paid, partially for academic credit). As an intern, students are able to build their portfolios and gain valuable hands-on work experiences that can be readily transferable to Public Relations/Advertising Agencies, Corporate Marketing Departments or Freelance/Consulting Opportunities.


Are you a master at writing interesting tweets and taking popular Instagram photos? Do you love CSUSM and want to tell others about what makes it so amazing? If so, the Office of Communications invites you to apply for a position as the Social Media Intern.

Our student social media guru will help to curate and compose compelling stories and content about CSUSM across a variety of social media platforms, as well as to measure and evaluate analytics to ensure success in the University’s social media strategy. This paid position reports to the Web & Social Media Specialist in the Office of Communications.

  • Participate in social media content brainstorming sessions
  • Maintain a social media posting calendar
  • Attend events and activities for live social media coverage
  • Help to curate a library of photos for social media use
  • Assist in reputation monitoring online
  • Conduct competitive analyses of peer institutions
  • Measure and record analytics to review with the Web & Social Media Specialist
  • Other duties as assigned
Skills/Qualifications:You have the ability to work 10-15 hours per week, with occasional weekend and evening hours; You have strong written communications skills - you can write concise and effective copy; You are self-motivated, enthusiastic and love talking to people; You know what your peers get excited about on Facebook or what they double-tap on Instagram. Your posts regularly get shares, retweets and likes; You have professional integrity, good judgment and a thick skin; You have prior experience with journalistic writing, graphic design, video production or blogging; You are a current CSUSM student.


Submit a resume and responses to the three questions below to Katie Chappell (contact information below).

  1. What social media applications do you use regularly? What is your favorite and why?
  2. Name two companies whose social media strategy you admire. What makes them successful?
  3. Tell us about a time when you had to resolve a conflict or respond to criticism via social media. What happened and how did you respond?

Contact: Katie Chappell, Web & Social Media Specialist
(760) 750-7306

Margaret Chantung, Public Information Officer
(760) 750-4011


  • Perform artistic, creative and skilled photographic work to capture and reproduce photographic images reflecting the full range of activities at CSUSM. Photographs will be used for commercial/promotional use in publications, on the web and on official University social media sites.
  • Photography includes candid coverage of campus activities and special events, editorial or illustration photos for publications, architectural photographs, faculty and staff portraits, among others.
  • Engage and interact with photography subjects when covering an events or leading a photo shoot.
  • Process and utilize post-production software programs, and select the best work.
  • Ensure that all pictures are appropriate, processed, catalogued and ready in time to meet deadlines. Typical assignment turnaround is 48-72 hours.
  • Interns will receive byline credit for all photos used in print production.
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to be working towards Independent Study credit.

Skills/Qualifications: working knowledge and experience taking photos for publication; strong communication skills; positive attitude and a passion for working across multiple disciplines; ability to work under very tight deadlines. Applicants will be asked to share their portfolio of photography (in a print or digital format) for the interview.


Contact: Faith Hark, Branding & New Media Specialist
(760) 750-4044


  • Film, interview, edit and produce five (5) 2-minute videos per semester for the University NewsCenter.
  • Responsible for high caliber video documentation of campus life, recording select events and leading the artistic methods used to capture marketing messages for CSUSM.
  • Develop and deploy compelling videos, assuring the highest quality video by delivering consistency in exposure, focus, audio levels and composition.
  • Meet regularly to discuss and review storyboard concepts, filming objectives and production timeline. Videos typically have a 3-4 week production timeline from filming to submission of final product.
  • Interns will receive closing credit in all videos.
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to be working towards Independent Study credit.

Skills/Qualifications: filming and video editing experience; strong and thorough understanding of all aspects of cinematography and photography including production planning, project leadership, lighting techniques, audio recording, video/still camera operation techniques and post production editing; strong communication skills; positive attitude and a passion for working across multiple disciplines; ability to work under very tight deadlines. Applicants will be asked to share samples of completed video work for the interview.


Contact: Kristine Kirchmeier, Visual Communications Specialist
(760) 750-4048