City of Tacoma WA Intern, Visual Communications in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

The Employee Visual Communications Intern will assist the Tacoma Power Internal Communications team in planning, creating, and distributing content to align and inspire Tacoma Power's workforce with communication on key strategic initiatives, values, mission, vision, and culture building.

This internship opportunity is for a college student to apply their current studies, receive hands-on experience, and work side-by-side with experienced communications professionals at Tacoma Power including Alex Abplanalp and Sarah Nystrom. (Connect with us on LinkedIn!)

This opportunity is open to students of communications, arts and media, technology, or other related field. Students with an interest in working with large corporate, governmental, or non-profit organizations as well as an interest in storytelling, energy, or public service are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will have a strong sense of internal customer or end user needs and can interpret that into digital or visual form.

A flexible part-time schedule may be available during the school year depending on your availability. Additional hours may be available during the summer.


  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university or a recent graduate who has completed a degree within the last year Preferred:

  • Aptitude for technology

  • Demonstrated interest in visual communication mediums – students with video production or graphic design portfolio
  • Interested in user experience and user-centered design and communication.
  • Student in communications, arts and media, technology, psychology, or other related field Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent written and verbal skills

  • Listening skills
  • Strong organization and planning ability
  • Enthusiasm for storytelling
  • Self-starter and quick learner
  • Team mentality
  • Comfortable researching independently and asking questions
  • Teachable, curious, and eager to learn Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Please* attach a detailed resume and cover letter*to your online application. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of each opening may be invited to participate in an interview. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Questions regarding this announcement may be directed to Rodney Croston in the Human Resources Department at 253.502.8323.

ABOUT TACOMA POWER Tacoma Power is an almost 100% hydroelectric, municipally-owned public power utility, located in Tacoma. We serve approximately 170,000 customers as one of the three operating divisions of Tacoma Public Utilities, alongside Tacoma Water and Tacoma Rail. As one of the most livable, walkable cities in the country, you'll find that Tacoma is a great fit for all interests with places to bike, run, hike, and explore, the perks of a big city, and the charm of a small town.

"Community Value First" is Tacoma Power's strategic principle. We consider our decisions and prioritize resources and programs based on the impact to our customers and community.

CITY OF TACOMA RECRUITS FOR EQUITY AND INCLUSION One of the primary goals of the Equity and Empowerment Initiative is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Salary: $12.54 - $16.08 Hourly

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: Power

Job Number: 4602-18N

Closing: 10/19/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400