Communications - Intern


March 10, 2023










Starting Salary

$12.00 per Hour


AOPC/Communications represents the AOPC before the media and the public. The team of five manages and oversees all communications functions for the judiciary including responding to international, national and statewide media inquiries, preparing for high-profile trials, coordination of social media engagements, and development and execution of court events. The department maintains content for both the Pennsylvania Courts website and the court intranet, in addition to managing the courts’ social media accounts and produces multiple newsletters, reports and infographics. Communications strategizes projects, programs, information and updates using a blend of traditional, print and digital media. The team continues to expand the courts’ online presence using the most effective digital platforms and tools, with an increased focus on video production. Working with both the IT and Research & Statistics Departments, the team also fields reporter inquiries concerning data and information uniquely accessible through the Judicial Computer System.

Primary Duties

The communications office intern will develop and apply skills and experiences to support the day-to-day internal and external communications efforts of the Pennsylvania Courts. Those interested should be dynamic self-starters seeking an opportunity to gain experience and expertise in various aspects of a full-service communications operation including media relations, branding, crisis communications, event planning and more.

  • Supports Communications team with a variety of projects, both internal and external.
  • Assists in developing press materials, including press releases, internal memos, recap reports, etc.
  • Assists in the management of social media channels, including content development and monitoring.
  • Assists in planning and writing quarterly newsletter.
  • Participates in PR planning and strategy idealization.
  • Supports planning and execution of communications events when necessary.
  • Assists with crisis communications and high-profile court proceedings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of at least two years (60 credits) at a college/university with a major or minor in communication, journalism, or related field.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, and / or training may be considered.

Additional Requirements/Preferences

  • Strong understanding of available social media tools and platforms.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office required.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and work well in a team environment.
  • Candidates must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and possess good organizational skills and the ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Satisfactory criminal background check required.

Additional Information

Unified Judicial System Hiring Policy

The Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania recruits, employs, and promotes the most qualified applicants without regard to their political affiliation, race, color, age, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, or other non-merit facts or considerations. Reasonable accommodations will be provided to applicants with disabilities as may be necessary to ensure that all applicants are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for all employment positions. Applicants who need accommodation for an interview should request so in advance. UJS hiring and employment policies and procedures are intended to conform to all applicable state and federal laws governing fair and non-discriminatory hiring and employment practices and are subject to change as necessary to remain in compliance with such laws.

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