Category: Communications

Region: San Francisco/Peninsula

Job Type: Internship

Close Date: Until filled

Salary: $0.00-$25.00 Hourly

Additional Questionnaires: Supplemental


501 Main Street Half Moon Bay, 94019


City of Half Moon Bay
Intern – Communications / City Clerk Department

Salary: $25.00/hour

The City of Half Moon Bay will host a fully remote internship position for a current or recently-graduated student with the Communications/ City Clerk Department.

(Due to COVID-19, this internship position will be temporarily structured for a remote environment.)

About the City

The City of Half Moon Bay is a Bay Area coastal community of approximately 12,500 residents and is located 25 miles south of San Francisco. The City is governed by a five-member elected City Council and utilizes the council-manager form of government. The City Council appoints a City Manager who is responsible for the oversight of daily operations and provides leadership for the City’s programs. The City currently employs 40 full-time employees in the following departments: City Manager’s Office, Administrative Services and Finance, Community Development, Public Works, and Communications/ City Clerk. The City also contracts Public Safety with San Mateo County Sheriff’s Department.

The City and surrounding Coastside are a thriving agricultural, fishing, tourism, and recreational destination. There is a rich culture of diverse traditions and multi-generational families who have lived in Half Moon Bay for well over 100 years. In any given neighborhood you will find farmers, high-tech entrepreneurs, and artists living together.

About the Department.

The Communications/ City Clerk Department is seeking an enthusiastic, highly motivated, and innovative individual interested in sharpening their communications skills in a municipal government setting. This internship provides an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in city administration, local government, and community engagement. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to assist in outreach, digital media, and other communications initiatives. Through mentorship and under general supervision, the successful candidate will be responsible to complete specific projects and a variety of ongoing assignments to help develop their knowledge and skills. Some of the various projects and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with Social Media content and monitoring.
  • Assist in the development of community outreach programs and events.
  • Assist with elections and district election community meetings (planning and outreach).
  • Support the Communications Director/City Clerk and Communications Program Manager on numerous interdepartmental projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must be college students living in California, currently enrolled in and pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recently graduated, at an accredited college or university in a related field (e.g., Communications, Digital/Graphic Design, or Public Administration).

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be some completed college coursework with a major in Public Administration, Communications, Public Policy, or Business Administration.

Knowledge of:

  • Social Media Applications (Facebook, Instagram, Nextdoor, Twitter)
  • Microsoft Office software (Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Graphic or Digital Media Design (Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and Photoshop, and Canva)
  • Local government operations

Why Apply?

  • Growth – we are committed to exposing you to a work environment that will sharpen your writing, presentation, research, analysis, and critical thinking skills.
  • Training – this internship experience will provide real-world experience and training toward an entry-level professional position within a city government.
  • Mentoring – the selected intern will be mentored by city staff.
  • Networking – access to a network of professionals in the field of local government.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in pursuing a career in local government communications. The candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, reliable, punctual, and honest. The candidate will also have the ability to learn new processes quickly and efficiently, as well as a desire to provide services to the community.


Temporary position – no benefits

Special Instructions

Social Media Intern non-benefit temporary position is open until filled.  The first review of applications will be May 24th, 2021.

Recruitment Contact

Contact phone: (650)726-8283Contact email:

About Half Moon Bay

In keeping with its motto “Vivir, Trabajar, Jugar” (Live, Work, Play), the City of Half Moon Bay offers a variety of attractions, stylish eateries, hotels, diverse neighborhoods and a variety of recreational activities-all set among the world-class natural wonders of the California coastline. Incorporated in 1959, the City is on the Pacific coast, approximately 25 miles south of San Francisco in the westernmost portion of San Mateo County.

The historic downtown is home to numerous shops, art galleries, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, and other businesses. Local beaches and parks can be accessed by pedestrians, bicyclists and equestrians. The City and coastside are home to numerous nurseries and farms, many of which sell their products at roadside stands. The City’s Pumpkin Festival hosts hundreds of thousands of people interested in enjoying the panoramic vistas, fine cuisine, arts, crafts and genuine hospitality. With its charming community, caring neighbors and enjoyable activities, Half Moon Bay is definitely a great place to live, work and play.

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