Under supervision and training of the Public Information Director or other designated staff, this position will perform entry-level professional duties of moderate difficulty to provide residents and employees with accessible information about the mission and initiatives of FDOT. Responsibilities include the following: (1) write and edit various publications and communications including press releases, columns, letters, proclamations, memoranda, etc.; (2) maintain, coordinate, and assist in the preparation of printed and web-based publications; (3) serve as a liaison between FDOT, the media, and local organizations; (4) research FDOT’s presence in the media and send daily reports of news; (5) work on and lead special projects including research, communication, and strategic planning initiatives; (6) develop and analyze data and prepare reports and presentations; (7) perform miscellaneous duties to facilitate the operational efficiency of the work unit (e.g., answer telephone and take messages; provide information about FDOT activities and/or programs by responding to inquiries received by telephone, e-mail, etc.); (8) update websites for district (e.g., internet, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc.).
The student should have strong professional written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of Associated Press style; ability to conduct basic research and follow instructions of moderate difficulty; ability to utilize department specific software to complete assignments; strong analytical and interpersonal skills; good organizational and time management skills; social media experience. Graphic design and/or video production experience is a plus.
The internship is limited to an average of 10 hours per week with a flexible schedule.
The program provides real world experience and exposure to the transportation industry. The pay scale is as follows:
Sophomore – $9.63/hr
Junior – $11.24/hr
Senior – $12.84/hr
Graduate – $14.45/hr
Students must be enrolled during the semester of participation and authorized to work in the United States.
The Florida Department of Transportation is currently accepting applications for Spring internships. The deadline to apply is 11:59 pm Monday, January 16th. The application form and instructions are located at http://www.fdot.gov/humanresources/Internship.shtm.