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Communications Summer Internship

Program Office/Description: 

The Office of Communications is responsible for the preparation and/or distribution of materials regarding the programs, policies, and activities of the State Education Department to the general public, media, and other relevant audiences. Distribution methods and platforms generally include press releases, website, social media, direct email, and newsletters.

The Assignment (Description of Job): 

In this role, interns will assist with all of the following opportunities:

  • Developing and implementing social media campaigns on various social media channels.
  • Drafting news releases, newsletters, and other NYSED communications.
  • Managing website content.
  • Developing graphics.
  • Assisting communications staff with other duties as assigned.

Pay rate will vary depending upon the degree a student is pursuing: Students earning a Bachelor's degree will earn $15/hour, while students earning a Master's degree will earn $18/hour.

Assignment Type: 
Professional Development Plan : 

The intern will gain experience in a fast-paced government communications office and develop writing, social media, web, and other skills. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with internal and external stakeholders to develop interpersonal communication skills.

Desired Skills, Abilities, & Educational Background: 

Most importantly, candidates for this internship should have excellent writing skills. Knowledge of social media platforms is preferred. Graphic design and/or web posting experience are a bonus but not required. Intern candidates enrolled in communications, government, or related programs will gain valuable experience in this internship.


The intern may work a maximum of 25-29 hours per week (Depending on the rules of their University) in the summer. The schedule of work days/hours is flexible and can be arranged with the supervisor, but broadly speaking will be between 8a-5p, Monday through Friday. 

Application Instructions: 

Qualified candidates should email a cover letter, resume, transcript (student copy is acceptable), and completed internship application to Applications must be signed by your Campus Coordinator to be considered. Please include the Assignment Number (OMS-SU24-7P) in the subject line of your email to reference this assignment.

Failure to send complete application materials via email will result in your removal from our consideration.

Internship Program: 
SUNY/SED Internship
Program Area: 
Program Office: 

Emily Goodenough

Number of Interns Requested: 
Degree Level: 
Summer 2024
Pay Rate: