Job Description

Come work at a place where you have a direct impact on the quality of life for Kent residents, business owners and visitors alike!

The City of Kent is looking for an excellent paid intern with a passion for video production, and all things multimedia. We’re looking for a roll-up-your-sleeves attitude and a thirst for knowledge to learn about how video, design, and print play a role in city government.


As an intern for the Multimedia Team, you will have the opportunity to learn from multimedia professionals who help support the City’s various programs and initiatives through our print shop, graphic design, and video production. You will receive hands-on experience working on projects that cover the various departments that make-up the City of Kent.

Target start date is early August and incumbents will work up to 20 hours per week. Scheduling can be flexible to accommodate one's college schedule. Weekend and evening work is likely. These internships will last a minimum of six (6) months.

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete. Uploading your resume to auto-fill portions of the application does not automatically attach it to your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered for this position. Please note that you cannot attach documents to your application after it has been submitted. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your online application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This position is open until filled with a first review date of July 22.





Under the general direction of the Multimedia Supervisor, this position will support and assist with the planning, development and implementation of Multimedia video projects and strategies that align with the City's vision, mission, values, goals and objectives. Within the framework of the City’s long-term strategic goals, incumbent will assist Multimedia positions in developing and managing the City’s communications strategy.

Work is characterized by a substantial amount of routine and entry-level administrative duties. The Multimedia Intern position is focused on supporting global, City-wide communication efforts for internal and external audiences and using their specialized knowledge and expertise to assist in the creation of a work product that effectively communicates the intended message of the program or project.

Work is performed under continuous direction. The supervisor provides the incumbent with assignments, qualities and quantity of the work, expected deadlines and priority of assignments. Incumbent will carry out recurring assignments independently but will refer deviations from procedures to supervisor for guidance.  Work may be reviewed for fulfillment of program objectives and conformance with departmental policy, practice and/or objective.


Assist Multimedia with the City’s external and internal communication efforts and help provide public, government and media relations to promote Citywide issues, initiatives and/or events, utilizing the Communications Team and Multimedia staff as resources.

Assist in the creation, direction and production of video projects produced for and about the City of Kent; interpret project communication goals and strategy and develop proposed creative approaches and treatments that align with that strategy; work with Multimedia to prepare outlines, write scripts; coordinate all aspects required to produce a completed video project.

Research, recommend and coordinate approved internal or external resources to provide pre-production, production, and post-production services.

Assist and research program content already produced, or partner with other government/non-profit agencies and other City staff to produce new programs which focus on the City’s vision and values; meet the City’s marketing and communication goals and strategies; and be compliant with the City’s and other regulatory broadcast policies and standards. 

Assist with research to determine future needs of video, audio, and lighting equipment and software for cable in-studio, editing, broadcast and field equipment; implement as needed; perform troubleshooting and routine maintenance in electronic equipment and/or schedule repair service.

Assist with the development and production of a wide range of inward and outward-facing communication and marketing collateral, conforming with internal style guides and standards.

Collaborate with a variety of internal staff and external contacts from the media, business community, local and regional elected officials to help develop engaging content.

Assist in the identification of communications needs and issues.

Assist in the creation and promotion of branded campaigns to further City priorities and initiatives.

Establish and maintain positive, supportive and collaborative working relationships

Attend community meetings and events, as needed, such as City Council and City Council Committee meetings. Meetings and events may occur in the evenings and on weekends.

Actively support the vision, mission, values and goals of the department and the City.


Provide set-up services for City special events as needed.

Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.



  • City of Kent’s organization, operations, goals and objectives

  • Basic principles of video lighting, audio technology, audio/video signals, connections cabling

  • Basic principles and practices of producing video

  • Project planning, organization and coordination

  • Modern office practices, procedures, technology and equipment

  • Methods, principles and practices of effective conflict resolution


  • Assist in the development, coordination and production of video programming

  • Connecting and configuring video production equipment including audio, video, lighting and video playback equipment

  • Effectively deliver a message or tell a story using audio/video equipment and techniques

  • Operation of a variety of video equipment including digital cameras, audio, lighting equipment, mixers, monitors, robotics, and edit controller.

  • Operation of a variety of software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite, and other

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including a varied vocabulary and the proper usage of English and grammar, spelling and punctuation rules

  • Basic research, analysis and composition of stories, reports, research papers and other documents to clearly communicate information to the intended audience

  • Prioritization and management of multiple, concurrent projects and tasks

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff.

  • Effectively work both independently and within a team environment. Contribute openly, listen, disagree with respect, understand and acknowledge the ideas of

  • others, work toward consensus, solicit cooperation and resolve conflict

  • Work independently and make decisions when given defined guidelines

  • Demonstrate positive and effective interaction and communication with individuals of diverse occupational and social-economic backgrounds

  • Maintain confidentiality

  • Ability to respond in a timely and effective manner to the common inquiries or complaints from personnel, outside agencies or the general public

  • The ability to work under pressure with short deadlines and to communicate in a tactful, patient and courteous manner



Graduation from high school supplemented by one (1) year of advanced study in Video Production, Multimedia, Communications, Journalism or a related field; and


One (1) year of experience in video production, or related field


In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.


  • Bilingual capabilities desired, but not required

  • Completion of position relevant background check


Incumbent utilizes a full range of video production and broadcasting equipment including, but not limited to, multiple robotic cameras, audio and video mixers, edit controllers, digital video camera in-studio and field equipment, video broadcast equipment, video unattended broadcast programming equipment and software, wired and wireless microphone systems and field and in-studio lighting equipment.

Typical business office machinery and equipment will be used including, but not limited to, a personal computer, telephone, smartphone, camera and multi-functioning device (copier). The incumbent should be familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office products including Word and Excel, familiarity with content management systems, and have a working knowledge of e-mail programs and the Internet. Familiarity with media equipment and related software and applications is desired.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk and hear; frequently required to walk and use hands to finger, feel or handle writing utensils and office supplies; occasionally required to stand and reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, color and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to focus.


Work is typically performed in an office environment but will also extend to off-site meetings and events. The incumbent will work with and encounter a variety of individuals with different political agendas, goals and objectives, levels of expertise and temperaments. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

The City of Kent is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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