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Fall 2017: Virginia Department of Social Services - Public Relations Intern

Aug 23, 2017

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships

Job Description:
The Division of Public Affairs: Public Relations Intern is an entry-level, part-time position that is responsible for developing and implementing strategic communications projects and tasks. This position supports the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Public Affairs Division in researching local and national media strategies to support agency objectives and awareness initiatives; drafting and recommending copy and visual content for social media platforms; and developing written work that displays strong writing and editing skills.

Minimum Qualifications:
Knowledge of current communications, public relations and media strategies. Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple projects. Strong writing, editing and presentation skills. Demonstrated knowledge of the use of social media in a professional setting.

Preferred Qualifications:
Degree (earned or in-progress) from an accredited college with a concentration in journalism, communications, public relations or a related field or a combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the work. Experience in communications, writing and strategic media management.

About the Virginia Department of Social Services:
The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is a state supervised and locally administered social services system. Providing oversight and guidance to 120 local offices across the state, VDSS delivers a wide variety of services and benefits to over 1.6 million Virginians each year.

VDSS's programs are designed to help Virginia's most vulnerable citizens find permanent solutions to life's many challenges. The Department is responsible for administering a variety of programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, Adoption, Child Care Assistance, Refugee Resettlement Services, and Child and Adult Protective Services.

Our goal is to promote the well-being of our citizens through the delivery of essential services and benefits to ensure families are strengthened, and individuals achieve their highest level of self-sufficiency.

Instructions for applying:
Students interested in applying for a fall internship with VDSS may email Sydney Bernstein-Miller at with their resume along with a letter of interest outlining their experience, skills, areas of specialty/interest, etc.