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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 a student assistant, 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.

GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDENT ASSISTANT:

  • Candidates are likely interested in career fields of print production, web design, photography or digital illustration.
  • Assist in the layout of print collateral like brochures, flyers, invitations and ads, as well as some web page layouts and HTML emails for various departments across campus.
  • Maintain accurate and current brand template guidelines with consistency while producing fast-paced and high volume projects.
  • Collaborate with whole Office of Communications team. Report to Creative Director regarding production schedule.
  • File Management: Ensure organized template edits, artwork layer structure, photo, vector and font assets in order to easily share with other team members.

Skills/Qualifications: strong understanding of print processes, including layouts, edits, photography, typography, and prepress file prep, as well as some photography retouching/editing (clipping, color-correction, manipulation and enhancements).

Experience in designing web pages within the style guidelines of a content management system.

Must be able to work in-office for a minimum of 10 hours and not exceeding 20 hours a week. Proficient knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (CS5 or higher); Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Bridge and Acrobat Pro, as well as Microsoft Office. Familiarity with both Mac OS and PC/Windows platforms.

HOW TO APPLY:

Contact: Faith Hark, Branding & New Media Specialist
fhark@csusm.edu
(760) 750-4044

WRITING STUDENT ASSISTANT:

  • Take on several writing assignments each week and meet established deadlines. Candidates are likely interested in career fields in the journalism, advertising and/or public relations.
  • Develop, write and edit news releases, news and feature articles, and other written material for the NewsCenter, various marketing pieces, the website and the University’s semi-annual magazine, Steps.
  • Assist in media outreach and pitch editorial ideas.
  • Interns will receive byline credit for published articles.

Skills/Qualifications: strong and effective written and verbal communication skills; positive attitude and a passion for working across multiple disciplines; ability to work under very tight deadlines; ability to work across multiple groups and maintain good communication; experience in journalism and knowledge of Associated Press standards preferred. Applicants will be asked to bring a portfolio of writing samples for the interview.

HOW TO APPLY:

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