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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.

PHOTOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP:

  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact: Christine Vaughan, Communications Specialist
cvaughan@csusm.edu
(760) 750-4409

VIDEOGRAPHY INTERNSHIP:

  • 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact: Christine Vaughan, Communications Specialist
cvaughan@csusm.edu
(760) 750-4409