Public Information Intern

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization - Sarasota, FL (7 months ago)

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Public Information Intern

Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization

About Us:

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO's mission is to develop a future plan, through cooperation with our member governments and the general public for a safe, efficient, financially feasible, environmentally sensitive, regional, integrated multi modal transportation system that supports sustainable, livable communities and economic development. The MPO plans a safe and vibrant multi modal transportation network that supports safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability to provide a superior quality of life for our residents, businesses, and visitors.

Work, Connect, and Grow with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO

Gain practical resume-worthy experience while making a real difference in the community you serve. If you're interested in helping bring innovative, community-focused transportation solutions to the community while growing in your career, consider an internship with the Sarasota/Manatee MPO!

Welcome university students!

General Information:

Working with the MPO planning team, this non-exempt, para-professional position provides technical and administrative support involving a wide variety of activities. Responsible for a variety of professional, administrative, and operational duties relating to transportation planning and contract management. Assist the planning team, including the preparation, reporting, and analysis of assigned projects under the supervision of the Strategic Planning Manager.

*NOTE: This is a temporary position that may not exceed twelve (12) months. Incumbent must be bona-fide student in an accredited educational or vocational program. Also, will not work more than an average of 27 hours per week for positions lasting more than 3 months.

Working Conditions:

Work is performed in a standard office environment and involves light physical demands and frequent use of personal computers. Lifting equipment up to 25 lbs. alone and up to 50 lbs. with assistance.

Job Duties:

Essential Functions:

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work to be performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

Create and curate engaging content.

Communicate and build relationships with current or prospect community partners.

Effectively utilize MPO’s social media and blogs.

Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social networks.

Create and distribute press releases.

Assist in administrative duties.

Build and update media lists and databases.

Schedule, coordinate and attend various events.

Perform research and market analysis activities.

Perform other duties as needed.

Minimum Qualifications:

Enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s program in a field such as Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Psychology, Journalism, or a related field. Upper level students with experience preferred.

Knowledge, Ability and Skills

Passion for communication and public engagement and its best practices.

Ability to multi-task and stay organized. Highly responsive to requests from planning staff.

Personal initiative, confidence and responsibility to own a project and its success.

Energy and tenacity to stick to the project and always find a path forward to complete it.

Temperament to learn and willing to change behavior whenever something could be done better.

Solid understanding of the different social networks.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ADOBE Creative Suite.

Field work requires reliable transportation, a valid Florida driver’s license, and a good driving record.

About the MPO:

The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is the regional transportation planning entity for Sarasota and Manatee Counties. MPO’s are established by state and federal laws and through interlocal agreement to provide a process for local governments within the region to coordinate with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The MPO planning process is continuing, comprehensive and cooperative. The Sarasota/Manatee MPO is governed by a 17-member apportioned Board comprised of elected officials representing both counties, nine (9) cities, and a representative of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 1 Secretary serves as a non-voting advisor. For more information, visit

Job Type: Internship

Salary: $10.00 /hour


  • relevant: 1 year (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Sarasota, FL 34243 (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Internship Compensation:

  • Pay


  • Monday to Friday