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Internship Opportunities and Paid Positions

The Office of Communications offers both student assistant positions (fully paid, no academic credit) and internships (partially paid, partially for academic credit).  Working in our office, students build an extensive professional portfolio and gain valuable hands-on work experience in the exciting fields of public relations, marketing, photography and film.

We are currently recruiting for the following positions, with a start date in May. The priority deadline for resumes is April 24, 2015. See position listing for more details.

video intern   social media intern   photography internship

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERNSHIP:

Are you a master at writing interesting tweets and taking popular Instagram photos? Do you write, use photoshop, or use mobile apps like nobody's business? 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 Cal State San Marcos across a variety of social media platforms to a variety of audiences. The student assistant will also assist the web & social media specialist to measure and evaluate analytics, provide resources to campus social media users, and monitor channels for compliance with policies and guidelines to ensure success in the University’s social media strategy. 

Social Media Intern responsibilities include:

  • Participate in social media content brainstorming sessions
  • Maintain a social media posting calendar
  • Create simple graphics and edit photos for posting
  • 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

Desired Skills: Strong written communications skills - you can write professional concise and effective copy; availability to work 10-15 hours per week with occasional weekend and evening hours; self-motivated, enthusiastic and love talking to people; knowledge of what your peers share on Facebook or what they double-tap on Instagram. Your personal or professional social media posts regularly get shares, retweets and likes; professional integrity, good judgment and a thick skin.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have completed two semesters at CSUSM and be a current CSUSM student in good standing. Prior experience with journalistic writing, graphic design, video production, blogging or social media brand use for a brand is preferred.

HOW TO APPLY:

Email your resume, responses to the below questions and (optional) Portfolium profile to:

  1. What social media applications do you use regularly? Which one is your favorite and why?
  2. Name two companies whose social media strategy you admire. What do you think 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?

Katie Chappell
Web & Social Media Specialist
kchappell@csusm.edu
(760) 750-7306

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP:

Are you interested in becoming a freelance photographer and looking to grow your professional portfolio? Do you enjoy photography, and want to challenge yourself as a photojournalist and see your images published? 

We are currently seeking a few energetic and reliable student photographers to join our team in a semester-long paid internship. Using artistic, creative and photographic skills, our interns capture and produce images that reflect the full range of activities at CSUSM. Photographs are used for commercial and promotional use in university publications, on the web and on official social media sites. Photography assignments and photo shoots are largely photojournalistic in style (photography that tells a story), but will also include event photography, editorial photography, architectural and landscape photography, and portrait photography, among others.

Photography Intern responsibilities include:

  • Photograph University events, people, programs and topics for promotional use
  • Assist with official University photo shoots
  • Engage and interact with photography subjects, and provide direction
  • 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)
  • Plan and strategize photo shoots with the Creative Team
  • Meet monthly with the Creative Team to discuss assignments and review work
  • Interns will receive byline credit for all photos used in print and web production
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to enroll in an Internship Course or Independent Study credit
  • Photography interns work 10-15 hours a week, not exceeding 20 hours

Desired Skills: Working knowledge and experience with photography and use of a DSLR; strong communication skills; positive attitude and a passion for working across multiple disciplines; ability to work under very tight deadlines; flexible schedule. Applicants will be asked to share their portfolio of photography (in a print or digital format) for the interview.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have completed and passed at least one 3-unit college-level photography course, and must be a current CSUSM undergraduate or graduate student in good standing.

HOW TO APPLY:

Email your resume and link to your online portfolio or Portfolium profile to:

Christine Vaughan
Public Information Officer / Communications Specialist
cvaughan@csusm.edu
Questions, call 760-750-4409

VIDEOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP:

Are you a creative storyteller interested in a career in the film industry? Are you looking to grow your professional portfolio while getting paid? We are currently recruiting several self-motivated student photographers to join our team in a semester-long paid internship. Working on story development with our Creative Team and paired with a student videographer, our interns create lively short videos that share the unique stories of CSUSM. These videos are posted on the University’s website and social media channels, and can be shared with local media outlets. See examples of past intern-produced videos on the University’s YouTube channel.

The Office of Communications offers several positions in two specific video internships: the NewsCenter Internship (4-6 positions), and the Speaker Series Internship (2 positions).

NewsCenter Videographer responsibilities include:

  • Film, interview, edit and produce up to 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
  • Make technical decisions regarding such elements as appropriate lighting, shooting angle and recording of audio
  • 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 enroll in an Internship Course or Independent Study credit

Speaker Series Videographer responsibilities include:

  • Film, interview, edit and produce up to six (6) 90-second videos per semester for the one of the University’s guest speaker series: In the Executive’s Chair, Meet the Leaders, or CLIMB Leadership Seminar
  • Make technical decisions regarding such elements as appropriate lighting, shooting angle and recording of audio
  • Develop and deploy compelling videos, assuring the highest quality video by delivering consistency in exposure, focus, audio levels and composition
  • Interns will receive closing credit in all videos
  • Students are encouraged (but not required) to enroll in an Internship Course or Independent Study credit

Desired Skills: 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.

Qualifications: Applicants need to have completed and passed at least one 3-unit college-level video course (such as Video in the Community or a comparable introduction to video course), and must be a current CSUSM undergraduate or graduate student in good standing.

HOW TO APPLY:

Email your resume and link to your online portfolio or Portfolium profile to:

Christine Vaughan
Public Information Officer / Communications Specialist
cvaughan@csusm.edu
Questions, call 760-750-4409

ABOUT US

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.