Teacher Retirement System of Texas Communications Student Intern in Austin, Texas


Note: This position is a full-time, limited term assignment. The internship program dates are June- August 2019.

The Communications Student Intern performs entry (entry- to routine-level) project work related to their field of study and agency communications. Work involves supporting agency operations with a primary focus on gaining practical work experience and business skills for personal development or to satisfy educational requirements. Works under close supervision with limited latitude for initiative and independent judgment. This position reports to the manager or director of the assigned department.

Benefits of a TRS Communications Internship: This is a paid, full-time position that offers interns the opportunity to gain substantive experience in creating and editing publications, developing online and social media content, and/or assisting with video production and photography. Interns enjoy the chance to get training and mentoring from experienced professionals in one or more of these areas.

Salary will be dependent upon education level: Undergraduate (Junior or Senior) - $13.50/hour Graduate or Law School Student - $17.00/hour

All applicants must submit a resume to be considered for the position. The interview process will consist of a video interview in addition to an in-person interview. If selected to move forward, applicants will receive written instructions for both steps via email.



  • Key Projects/Deliverables include assisting with the creation of social media content in close collaboration with Communications staff. TRS' social media channels include Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
  • Assists with researching, writing, editing, graphic design, photography, video, and social media.
  • Assists with production of newsletters, brochures, handbooks, reports, and other print materials used to inform and educate agency employees, members, and the general public.
  • Assists with webcasts and special event or project planning and execution. General Functions

  • May assist in researching, compiling, and analyzing data; entering data into spreadsheets, databases, and other automated applications; and preparing complex queries and reports.

  • May review forms, correspondence, reports, and other documents for completeness and acceptability.
  • May assist in reviewing and analyzing agency policies, procedures, and forms and recommending changes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Assists in completing special projects and performs other work as assigned.
  • Performs other duties (general and department specific) as assigned. MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS/LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS


  • Currently enrolled in and actively attending an accredited college or university as an undergraduate student with a declared major in Journalism, Marketing/Advertising, Communications, Graphic Design, or Radio-Film-Television AND within 12 months of graduation; OR
  • Enrolled as a graduate student (Master or Doctoral) in a Journalism, Marketing/Advertising, Communications, Graphic Design, Radio-Film-Television, or related program.
  • Applicant will be required to submit a copy of official college transcripts. Experience:

  • None. Registration, Certification, or Licensure:

  • None. Preferred* Qualifications:*

  • Strong writing skills. Writing samples attached to the online application are strongly encouraged.

  • Expertise in social media.
  • Letter(s) of recommendation from program professor(s) are strongly encouraged.
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software.

Veterans / Military Crosswalk:

TRS is committed to maintaining a veteran-friendly workplace and attracting, developing and retaining military service members as employees. To assist in determining whether your military experience may relate to the minimum qualifications for this position, Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes from each branch of the armed forces have been assigned to each state classification title where applicable.

Depending upon actual duties, the following fields may pertain to the minimum qualifications of this position. Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications for this position are highly encouraged to apply.

  • Army Military Occupational Codes – Enlisted: 36B, 42A, 88H, 89A, 89B, 92A, 92Y. Officer: No military equivalent.
  • Navy Ratings and Designators – Enlisted: LS, PS, SH, SN, YN. Officer: 741X.
  • Coast Guard Ratings – Enlisted: 360, 420, SK, YN. Officer: No military equivalent.
  • Marine Corps Occupational Codes – Enlisted: 0100, 0111, 0161, 3051. Officer: 0102, 0160, 0170.
  • Air Force Specialty Codes – Enlisted: 3A1X1, 8A200. Officer: No military equivalent. Please contact the TRS Human Resources Department or the TRS Veterans Liaison with questions or for additional information.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be found at: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities that May Be Required

Knowledge of:

  • General office practices and procedures.
  • Concepts and practices of proofing, editing, and preparing informational materials. Skill in:
  • Organizing and prioritizing work to manage a high-volume workload in a fast-paced environment, and completing work accurately while meeting deadlines.
  • Conducting data searches and evaluations of large amounts of information, performing complex analysis of the data, and preparing concise and accurate reports and written/oral recommendations.
  • Verbal and written communication of complex information that is accurate, timely, and based on sound judgment.
  • Providing quality customer service.
  • Reviewing documentation; properly applying complex laws, regulations, rules, and policies; and making decisions based on sound judgment.
  • Using a personal computer in a Windows and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel) environment, and accurately performing data entry. Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with co-workers, agency staff, and other external contacts.
  • Work effectively in a professional team environment.

Physical Requirements and/or Working Conditions

Work is performed in a standard office environment and requires:

  • normal cognitive abilities including the ability to learn, recall, and apply certain practices and policies;
  • marginal or corrected visual and auditory requirements;
  • constant use of personal computers, copiers, printers, and telephones;
  • the ability to move about the office to access file cabinets and office machinery;
  • frequent sitting and/or remaining in a stationary position; and
  • the ability to work under deadlines, as a team member, and in direct contact with others.

Workforce Expectations

Must be able to:

  • regularly, reliably, and punctually attend work;
  • work extended hours as necessary;
  • travel occasionally for work assignments and trainings;
  • show flexibility and adaptability toward changes in assignments and work schedules;
  • adhere to the agency's internal management policies and procedures; and
  • exhibit work behaviors consistent with agency core values.

Salary: $2,340.00 Monthly

Location: Austin, TX

Job Type: Intern


Job Number: 19-000048

Closing: 2/22/2019 5:00 PM Central

Agency: Teacher Retirement System of Texas

Address: 1000 Red River Street Austin, Texas, 78701

Phone: 512-542-6557

Website: http://www.trs.texas.gov