Orange Water and Sewer Authority is looking for a Spring 2023 Semester Communications Intern. This individual will work closely with the Strategic Initiatives Manager and Communications Specialist, as well as the entire OWASA Team, to inform and engage the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community in utility operations. This is a great opportunity to learn about local government and environmental communications, while having an immediate and impact on the community.
OWASA’s communications efforts are balanced between emergency communications, daily activities that might impact customers, and highlighting the behind-the-scenes work of our dedicated Team.
Successful candidates will have strong interpersonal and written communication skills and an interest in learning more about utility operations. The successful candidate will be highly organized and motivated. It is preferred, although not required, for the intern to have basic graphic design skills.
Assignments and Projects
• The primary assignment for the Spring 2023 Communications Intern will be to develop a formal strategy for providing community tours of the Jones Ferry Water Treatment Plant and Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant. This work will include collaboration with Plant Managers and staff. It will also involve support for an Open House in the Spring for each facility.
• Assist with the promotion and content development for the Youth Water Academy (targeted to local high school students)
• Represent OWASA at community events, alongside other Staff members
• Develop content for outreach, including social media
• Provide communications support to the Strategic Initiatives Team and Communications Specialist
• No Driver’s License needed; No physical requirements
Appointment: Spring Semester (Mid-January through early May); 12-15 hours/week; ability to report to Carrboro office for 75% of those hours on Monday, Tuesday, and/or Thursday. Temporary, part-time, not benefit eligible. Individual schedules will be negotiated with the successful candidate.