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Wayne County Treasurer Office Department of Communications Internship

Charter Township of Wayne Michigan

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

The Charter County of Wayne, Michigan (the County) is the 15th largest county in the United States. Located in the southeastern region of the State of Michigan and incorporated in 1796, the County stretches over six hundred seventy two square miles, and is comprised of thirty-four cities, nine townships and forty-one school districts with a total population of over 1.8 million. The County was incorporated under Act No. 293, Public Acts of Michigan, 1967, as amended. It is governed by a Chief Executive Officer (County Executive), who is elected on an at-large basis for a four year term and a County Commission (the Commission) comprised of 15 members elected by district on a partisan basis for two year terms. The County Executive has administrative and executive powers of the County to supervise, coordinate, direct and control all County functions, operations and facilities.

The Commission serves as the legislative branch of the County. It is responsible for establishing policy and approving the County budget. The County also elects the following officials on an at-large basis for four year terms: County Clerk, Register of Deeds, Prosecuting Attorney, Sheriff and County Treasurer. The County Clerk and the Register of Deeds are responsible for the general recording of official records. The Prosecuting Attorney and Sheriff are responsible for providing quality criminal justice services to all people of the County.

The Treasurer is responsible for the receipt, custody, and investment of all County funds and the collection of taxes. In 1996, the State of Michigan passed along primary funding responsibility for the Third Circuit and Probate Courts to Wayne County, although both are legally separate entities and are reported as discrete component units. For more information about the County visit: http://www.waynecounty.com.

Wayne County Treasurer Office Department of Communications is currently offering an Internship Program (the Program) within our “corporate” groups.

The Program provides a unique opportunity for Michigan’s brightest students to gain valuable professional experience while helping make Wayne County the greatest County in the state to live, work and play. This Program is designed to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with a rare, hands-on experience in County government that will better prepare them for future careers. Interns will gain an understanding of the inner-workings of County government and have one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with elected and appointed officials, government agencies and the media. Internship Program Description: The main responsibility is to produce and deploy content across numerous social media accounts in addition to working on multimedia platforms. Daily roles, responsibilities, and expectations include, but are not limited to:

 Write excellent posts in a variety of styles and tones, in accordance with best practices on platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

 Contribute to editorial output, and generate new ideas to better appeal to social audiences

 Create monthly media archival books to display events in a professional manner  Write and pitch story ideas to create editorial and social media content  Creativity, strong writing and visual skills are needed.

 The interns must be willing to adapt to new surroundings using best practices and share that knowledge with social and editorial teams

 Must be proficient in photography and graphic design 2

To be considered for an internship with the Department of Communications students should have:

 Junior or senior standing at a four year institution with a major in Communications or Journalism. An aptitude for numbers is essential.

 Strong academic credentials (minimum GPA of 3.2 in core subject matter)

 Excellent communication skills, verbally and through the written word.

 Excellent computer skills and be particularly proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

 Demonstrated leadership qualities and leadership potential. The County is looking for applicants who are hard working, adaptable, and able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Previous professional work experience, academic coursework in the chosen field, or experience in a not for profit or government is helpful but is not a requirement to participate in the internship program. This is your chance to get a head start-even before you graduate. Join our select group of interns and you will get an inside look at what it is really like to work for a governmental entity. You will gain real-world experience working on meaningful projects. Based on your major and career interests, you could be placed on a track to continue working in a successful career after you graduate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How far will you take it? Learn about the skills you need to succeed in professional services. You will also be able to network with Wayne County leaders and professionals, contribute to meaningful projects and discover career opportunities you may have never considered. You will work hard and have lots of fun, too. Support Every Step of the Way We want to give you a true taste of life in government finance. That means you will receive a lot of support-from the start. You will be guided by coaches and mentors who can help you learn more about Wayne County and your opportunities. Also, they will offer feedback and help you further define your career goals. You will find our people are energetic, enthusiastic, involved and always willing to help. How much will I be compensated? Internships require an applicant to receive academic credit for the internship and as such it is the applicant’s responsibility to set up the internship with their school. In addition to the academic credit, interns will receive $10 per hour. The County does not provide for transportation reimbursement costs unless you are requested by County management to travel outside your work location. In this rare event, you will be reimbursed in accordance with the County’s mileage reimbursement rates.

At Wayne County, you can have a rewarding career on every level. In addition to challenging and meaningful work, you will have the chance to give back to your community, make a positive impact in your community, participate in a range of diversity and inclusion initiatives, and find the support, coaching, and training it takes to advance your career. Our commitment to individual choice lets you customize aspects of your career path, your educational opportunities and your benefits. And our culture of innovation means your ideas on how to improve our processes will be heard.

To apply please email Treasurermedia@waynecounty.com with your resume and please include three writing samples along with graphic design samples.

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