Public Affairs/Community
Relations Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

Public Affairs/Community Relations Intern - Orange County District Attorney's Office   (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

Orange County District Attorney's Office
Public Affairs Unit
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Functions of Agency/Department:

The mission of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) is to enhance public safety and welfare and create a sense of security in the community through the vigorous enforcement of criminal and civil laws in a just, honest, efficient, and ethical manner.

The OCDA Public Affairs Unit (PAU) serves the community by providing the media and the public with critical and accurate information regarding public safety, significant cases, and the criminal justice system. The PAU monitors local, national, and international press on a daily basis.

The PAU writes, edits, and maintains the content of the OCDA’s website, YouTube channel, and social media pages. In addition, the PAU composes, edits, and coordinates speeches, facilitates communications between the Office and the public, and advises the District Attorney and OCDA staff concerning public appearances.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Interns provide staff support with the following projects and assignments:

  • Set up and take down a pop-up canopy, table and chairs at public events
  • Staff a booth at public events and interact with the public
  • Assisting with Office special events and news conferences
  • Editing news releases
  • Training to write news releases
  • Clipping and archiving broadcast media coverage of crimes in Orange County
  • Assisting with general daily office and administrative duties

Educational Requirements:

This internship is best suited for college students who are in their sophomore, junior or senior year, majoring in public relations, political science, communications, journalism, film, pre-law, or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

Interns will assist the PAU with daily operations specific to media relations. The unit is responsible for providing the public and media with critical and accurate information regarding significant cases, public safety, special events, and the criminal justice system. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of public relations and its essential role in the District Attorney's Office

The PAU is looking for intelligent, motivated students who are eager to learn and able to work in a fast-paced environment. Candidates must be reliable and possess a professional work ethic. Having excellent computer skills with basic experience using computer editing programs is preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment:

Students must commit to a minimum of 8 hours a week in the office during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm) and be available to staff the PAU booth at public events at night and on the weekend. Start date flexible based on student’s university summer session.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid internship that does not lead to permanent employment or include employee benefits, the position is a great opportunity for college students who wants to gain work experience in public relations and acquire exposure to the legal system.  Students may earn academic credit for the internship through their college/university, but this is not a requirement for placement. Students may be eligible to receive compensation for staffing the PAU booth at community events.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume directly to Media@da.ocgov.comPlease specify in your cover letter which days you are available to work. Submissions without cover letters or work-week availability will not be considered. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. It is strongly recommended that students apply as soon as possible as positions are open until filled.

Background Screening:

Prior to placement, applicants may be asked to submit contact information for reference checks, and a LiveScan criminal record check through the California Department of Justice will be conducted. A U.S. Social Security number and valid state-issued driver’s license or identification card are required for the LiveScan. The background screening can take up to one month to process.


Kimberly Edds, Public Information Officer
Phone: 714-347-8405