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Position Description:
Position Title: Economic and Community Development Specialist (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:
Housing and Community Services Department (HCS)/Community Investment Division
Orange County Workforce Investment Board
1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building B, 3rd Floor
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Functions of Agency/Department:
HCS provides a variety of community services and programs designed to achieve its vision of “a quality life for all Orange County” a reality for Orange County. (http://www.ochousing.org.)

The Community Investment Division administers the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) funded programs which represent the nation’s commitment to create a workforce investment system that responds to the needs of employers, job seekers, and students. WIA’s purpose is to consolidate and streamline numerous federal employment programs and to provide states and localities with more discretion to design workforce development strategies that meet local labor market needs. Key objectives of this workforce development system are to increase employment, retention, earnings, and occupational skill attainment of job seekers and to improve the productivity and competitiveness of national, state, and local economies. WIA established the One-Stop System as the unified service delivery method for this consolidation of numerous employment and training programs.

The Orange County Board of Supervisors created the Orange County Workforce Investment Board (OCWIB) to oversee the implementation of the WIA. The OCWIB is comprised of Orange County business representatives and a variety of public/non-profit organizations. The OCWIB has been designated to also facilitate the coordination of all workforce and economic development programs for Orange County.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:
Duties may include assisting staff in public relations, marketing and grant writing activities by drafting press releases; assisting in the preparation of marketing materials; composing letters or memos; assisting with research assignments and special projects; attending meetings or community events; filing; faxing; photocopying; etc.

Educational Requirements:
This position is best suited for students or recent graduates majoring in: Marketing, Advertising, Communications, Public Relations, English, Public Administration, Public Affairs, or related fields.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:
Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to research information and prepare reports and other correspondence; experience with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Word and Excel; reliable, outgoing, and able to work independently. Previous office experience preferred. Professional appearance and business attire required.

Time Commitment:
Minimum 15 - 20 hours per week for 3 or more months. Hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Summer internships are available.

Benefits Available to Intern:
Although this is an unpaid internship, students and recent graduates are offered an excellent opportunity to:
  • Build resumes/work history and explore career options
  • Apply skills and knowledge acquired in an academic setting to the workplace
  • Intern with one of the premier employers in the region
  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements
  • Network with professionals in their fields of interest
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