Photo: David Newman

Public Relations Internship – Summer 2019

Public Relations:

The primary function of the Visit Seattle Public Relations/Communications department is to increase the economic impact of tourism in the city and county through coverage in the media. The department also oversees organizational and tourism industry communications.

Hours: 20 hours a week

Timeline: Summer 2019; (3- and 6-month internships available through fall)

Compensation: $15.00 per hour plus an ORCA card for the duration.


To apply:  Submit cover letter and resume to Cover letter should include expected graduation date, current anticipated career path and reason for wanting this experience.

Deadline for submission:

May 3, 2019

Scope of work:

Intern will participate in a number of projects, including but not limited to:

  • Tracking media coverage through the department’s clipping service and compiling reports
  • Collecting metrics and inputting data into Simpleview (CRM/CMS) system for Visit Seattle PR department reporting
  • Assisting visiting journalists: This may require fact checking of stories, coordinating photos and working with local hotels, restaurants and attractions to create resources for the PR department
  • Assembling press kits and general office coordination/assistance
  • Assisting with website posting, editing and photo procurement as well as limited coordination on social media channels for Visit Seattle
  • Developing media lists and editorial calendars
  • Researching, drafting and editing press releases and pitches
  • Occasional event coordination and attendance

Learning objectives:

This position is open to an advanced or upper-level communications, journalism, public relations and/or marketing communications student interested in gaining real-world experience by working for an in-house public relations department.

Desired Skills:

The ideal candidate should have the following qualifications:

  • Senior undergraduate standing (junior, graduate students and recent graduates considered)
  • Excellent research, writing and communication skills
  • Public Relations experience preferred (can be through internships, student organizations or volunteer positions)
  • Deep familiarity with and use of Microsoft Office products, especially Word and Excel (or similar programs) as well as proficient keyboarding/typing skills
  • Some social media, website development knowledge/experience/interest preferred
  • Basic knowledge and interest in reporting metrics and database entry

Chief Seattle bust in Pioneer Square Photo: David Newman


Visit Seattle is an equal opportunity employer. It is Visit Seattle’s policy that employees and prospective employees be treated with respect and without discrimination because of their age, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, or any other legally-protected status. It is our policy to conform to all applicable laws and regulations affecting all protected classes. It is Visit Seattle’s policy to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and other laws prohibiting discrimination against applicants or employees with disabilities. Visit Seattle will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with known physical or mental disabilities in all the terms and conditions of employment, including the recruitment and hiring process.




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