SUSD Digital Communications Internship Program
The SUSD Digital Communications Internship (DCI) program is offered by the Community Relations Department. Established in the Spring of 2019, the program is designed for advanced communications and journalism students of Stockton Unified. The internship will provide students with the opportunity to work with the highest level of district leadership. The intern team will directly assist the Community Relations Department with a wide variety of functions including:
- video production
- news writing and storytelling
- graphic design
- event planning
- social media
Candidates are selected via principal recommendation. Upon initial acceptance, interns go through a brief probationary period to allow for accurate work assessments.
Ideal candidates have a passion for journalism and digital communications, work collaboratively with others in a team setting, excel while working independently, and are eager to learn. Students with an interest in journalism, communications, video production, photography, marketing, or public relations are encouraged to apply.
For more information on internship opportunities, please email Veronica Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Community Relations Department at (209)933-7025.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be an intern?
Any SUSD high school student in good academic standing can apply for the program. There are no prerequisites.
Where do DCI interns meet?
A benefit of DCI is that students will be exposed to a professional work environment. The interns will meet twice a month in the District Main Office, located at 701 N. Madison Street. As a result of their location, the interns learn the norms and expectations working in an office building among the District's senior-most administrators-- giving the program participants an early jump on what it means to perform in a high-stakes, professional, environment.
What kind of work do our interns do?
The goal of the internship is to ensure that the student participants complete projects that directly support the vision and mission of the District. This is not a "go and get coffee" type of internship!
In addition to learning about media relations, social media, event planning and other projects, our interns play an integral role in sharing success stories from our school communities through compelling, multimedia storytelling.
What is the time commitment for interns?
Interns meet with the Community Relations team for two hour-long meetings a month, comprised of planning sessions, workshops, and discussions at the SUSD District Office (701 N. Madison St., Stockton, 95202); transportation to the internship is not provided by the district. The students also work independently on their own time and with their peers to complete projects and assignments.
Students are allowed to have two absences per semester after the first meeting.
Are interns paid?
No. However, students will receive 10 high school elective credits for completing the internship program. Students will also receive a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation upon request.
How long does the internship program run?
DCI is a semester-long commitment. Interns should make arrangements with their extra-curricular activities to accommodate the requirements of the program.
Do students need their own equipment?
No. The Community Relations Department has two cameras, two tablets, a laptop and other equipment for students to use for assignments.