Board of Supervisors County of Los Angeles

Communications Intern

Employment type
2 months ago
Los Angeles, CA

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Communications internship description and specifications

About The Los Angeles County’s 3rd Supervisorial District: The District encompasses 431 square miles, stretching from the ocean to Los Feliz, and from Venice up to San Fernando. With nearly two million residents, the LA County Board of Supervisors Third District has a population larger than 14 states and Washington DC.

Supervisor Sheila James Kuehl, representing Los Angeles County’s Third District, was elected on November 4, 2014 and assumed office on December 1. She previously served eight years in the State Senate and six years in the State Assembly. She is the Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Santa Monica College and, in 2012, was Regents’ Professor in Public Policy at UCLA.

She was the first woman in California history to be named Speaker Pro Tempore of the Assembly, and the first openly gay or lesbian person to be elected to the California Legislature. Kuehl served as chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Natural Resources and Water Committee, and Budget Subcommittee on Water, Energy and Transportation, as well as the Assembly Judiciary Committee. She authored 171 bills that were signed into law, including legislation to establish paid family leave, establish nurse to patient ratios in hospitals; protect the Santa Monica Mountains and prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender and disability in the workplace and sexual orientation in education.

Prior to her election to the Legislature, as a public-interest attorney Kuehl drafted and fought to get into California law more than 40 pieces of legislation relating to children, families, women, and domestic violence. She was a law professor at Loyola, UCLA and USC Law Schools and co-founded and served as managing attorney of the California Women’s Law Center.

Internship Description: This internship will assist the communications director in the Supervisor’s office and participate in strategic communications planning as well as support constituent services, online content production and additional research and writing as needed. The intern may be permitted to attend staff meetings, other planning meetings, the Board of Supervisors meetings, and communications training sessions.

Reports to Communications Director

Training Opportunities and Responsibilities: The intern will have an opportunity to become familiar with all aspects of communications work within the County Supervisor’s office including strategic planning, communications and community engagement, press outreach, news analysis, research, writing, online strategy and content development, relationship building and constituent communications.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Must be a graduate student in policy, public affairs, urban planning, communications or comparable discipline
  • Excellent writer
  • Detail oriented and ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Must be available on Mondays
  • Candidates with media production skills (video, photography, web and social media skills) will be given special consideration
  • Professional and self-motivated
  • Cultural sensitivity and competency
  • Ability to work independently in a fast paced environment

Duration: Flexible. Preferred January-May; June-August; September-December.

Commitment: 10 hours/week. (Flexible)

To apply

Please apply by email and indicate qualifications, reason for interest, available dates, days and hours available.


Barbara Osborn, Director of Communications
LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl’s Office
Kenneth Hall of Administration
500 Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
[email protected]