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Visual Communications Intern

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Job Details

Job Information

Job Title Visual Communications Intern
Student Classification Student Assistant or Graduate Assistant
Job Code C50118
Posting Type Student/nonbenefited (NSTU)
Posting Number PE315F17
Job Description Summary

The Visual Communications Intern will assist the Communications Team with a variety of projects that promote the programs of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The Intern will work with the Communications Team and other Conservancy staff to develop communication products that help to educate a variety of audiences about the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region. The Intern will also assist with events, complete digital file management projects, conduct online research, support social media campaign efforts, complete administrative tasks for the team, and may assist with the development of content for web pages, news releases, and fact sheets.

Conditions of Employment

This is a part-time, temporary, non-benefited, student position. Employment in all positions with University Enterprises, Inc. is dependent upon the mutual consent of University Enterprises, Inc. and the employee. This means that either University Enterprises, Inc. or the employee can, at any time, terminate the employment relationship at will, with or without cause.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Flexible.

Additional Work Schedule

Student Assistant and Graduate Assistant employees generally work up to 20 hours per work week (Sunday – Saturday) during the academic year and up to 40 hours per work week during breaks; Winter, Spring & Summer.

Student Assistants are not permitted to telecommute or work remotely.

Area Sacramento
On/Off Sacramento State Campus Off Campus
Worksite City Auburn
Pay Range $11.00 - $20.00 per hour
Department/Agency Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC)
Unit/Division Communications and Outreach
Project Description

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a California state agency created by bi-partisan legislation (AB 2600) and signed into law in 2004. The SNC was created with the understanding that the environmental, economic and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada and its communities are closely linked and that the Region and the State of California would benefit from an organization providing a strategic direction. The SNC Region, made up of all or part of 22 counties covering over 25 million acres, is one of the most significant natural and biologically diverse regions in the world. The Sierra Nevada constitutes about 25 percent of California’s land area and is the state’s principal watershed, supplying more than 60 percent of the developed water supply to residents, agriculture, and other businesses and industries across the state. To learn more visit

Majors/Fields of Study Communication Studies, Digital Media, Environmental Science, Journalism, Media Communication, Art, Design, Graphic Design, Marketing, Natural Sciences, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration
Minimum Qualifications

To perform this position, the student must:
• Have strong written and verbal communications skills.
• Have knowledge of programs to develop visual communications products such as PremierPro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign.
• Have strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Be able to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
• Have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, SharePoint, and PowerPoint).
• Have working knowledge of internet browsers and the ability to do light research.


Must be a college student attending classes during the regular term (Fall, Spring and Winter, if applicable), at one of the accredited colleges or universities on our affiliation list.

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Students must be enrolled at a minimum in; six semester units or nine quarter units for undergraduate students; four semester units or six quarter units for graduate students.

Students declared major must match the major(s) listed in the job posting.

Position Description

Preferred Qualifications

In addition, the following skills are preferred:
• Have strong computer skills.
• Have a working knowledge of social media applications.
• Flexibility to adapt and adjust to changing work priorities.
• Have a high level of professionalism, courtesy, appearance, and cooperation.
• Understand or have an interest in learning about natural resource and environmental issues and projects.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under direction, perform a variety of activities to support the SNC’s Communications & Outreach Team, which may include:
• Assist with the development of videos, graphics, and other creative visuals for use on social media, the web, and print to support SNC’s programs.
• Photo and Video file management project: photo/video gathering, editing, sorting, tagging, and electronically filing/uploading.
• Review web pages for errors/needed updates.
• Project Support: create, design, copy, assemble, and distribute materials.
• Conduct on-line media searches and general research (as needed).
• Other administrative duties.
• Must be able to collaborate with coworkers to provide a professional product.

Physical Requirements

Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment including computer workstations, telephones, calculators, copiers, printers, scanners, and fax machines, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office environment.

Hours Per Week Students (part-time) 0-20 hours per week during the academic year, up to 40 hours per week during breaks; Winter, Spring and Summer. (NSTU)
Posting Date 11/21/2017
Closing Date 12/22/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicant

Please complete all fields of the employment application. Include your educational history in the “Educational Experience” section and any employment history in the “Employment Experience” section of your application.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Design and/or Video Production work sample
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Sacramento Bee
    • Careerbuilder
    • University Enterprises website
    • Internal Job Posting
    • Personal Referral
    • Indeed
    • Other
  2. If other, please specify.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Are you a college student attending classes during the regular term (Fall, Spring and Winter, if applicable), at an accredited college or university and enrolled in at least 6 semester or 9 quarter units as an undergraduate or 4 semester or 6 quarter units as a graduate student?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Is your major/field of study one of the following: Art, Communication Studies, Design, Digital Media, Environmental Science, Graphic Design, Journalism, Marketing, Media Communication, Natural Sciences or Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Briefly describe your experience with the following: Microsoft Office Suite, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Briefly describe your knowledge of visual communications products such as: PremierPro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign.

    (Open Ended Question)