Internships - Public Relations

Below are SLO county based companies that accept Cal Poly Journalism student interns throughout the year. 


SLO Chamber of Commerce

Communications Intern

The SLO Chamber is looking for Communication Interns to join their team. In person is preferred but remote positions may be considered for the right candidate. This is an unpaid position and the intern will work under the supervision of the Multimedia Communications Coordinator. 

Interns will be responsible for:
  • Writing and editing news releases, articles for news sites and other marketing materials  
  • Creating and editing multimedia content  
  • Researching industry publications and pitching editorial content  
  • Assist in creating social media campaigns including scheduling and tracking analytics  
  • Collaborating with team members on new projects, stories and ideas  
  • Other duties as assigned 

To apply, please send resume and cover letter. 

Contact: Hollie West, Director of Communications 

Lumina Alliance

social Marketing and Outreach

Lumina Alliance in San Luis Obispo is looking for interns with social media, marketing, and community outreach interests. Lumina Alliance is a nonprofit organization that serves people impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence in SLO County. Remote positions are available. 

  • Work to create a cohesive monthly plan for social media content. 
  • Assist in the planning and coordination of events.
  • Learn to create content related to education, prevention, therapy, events, promotions, appeals, partnerships, etc.
  • Learn to establish a sense of community online with RISE followers.
  • Learn to promote awareness and action campaigns during specific months and encourage community participation.

Contact: Jane Pomeroy, Chief Communications Officer

Verdin Marketing

Account assistant intern

The account assistant (AA) is an integral part of the Verdin team. Aside from greeting guests and helping with phones, the AA has a broad range of account-related activities to assist with in every aspect of the firm’s services. The AA reports to the company president and operations manager.

The AA will learn how to write for different advertising channels, to write effective press releases and distribute using sophisticated PR tools, to create social media strategy and content, to develop themes and campaigns and to work within an agency culture and structure.


  • Assist with various writing projects, including news releases, blog entries, ad copy (print, radio, TV), headlines, brochure copy, etc.
  • Assist in implementing social media programs, including developing ideas and writing posts for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions, including developing concepts with our team as well as recording and organizing ideas.
  • Assist with research (ranging from online to phone calls, as appropriate to project).
  • Assist with all necessary project elements including returning phone calls, writing notes and memos, running errands, etc.
  • Assist with press release media contact list building and distribution through online PR tools.
  • Provides backup at reception desk, greeting clients, vendors and other visitors, as well as offering phone answering support.
  • Other duties as assigned including helping with project and event coordination, business development support, research, etc.

Contact: Michelle Starnes (Operations Manager)

Precision Physical Therapy and Wellness

Marketing Intern

Precision Physical Therapy and Wellness is an all encompassing clinic with locations in San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach. They are seeking an intern to help with business to business marketing, business to patient marketing, and social media marketing. 

The intern will learn how to:

  • Network with medical professionals.
  • Manage a professional website.
  • Manage a professional social media presence.
  • Cultivate a culture of internal marketing.
  • Drive business through multi-platform marketing.

Contact: Megan Kearney (Office Manager)

Cal Poly Athletics 


Interns will help promote Cal Poly Athletics and/or share the Mustang student-athlete experience(s) positively with fans, students, and the general public

Interns will gain an understanding of feature writing, fitting into the branding objectives of a collegiate sports department, become accustomed with serving as a liaison between NCAA, conferences and pro teams, gain expertise at social media integration, and become fully able to publish start-to-finish to a Division I sports website.

Contact: Eric Burdick (Associate Athletics Director for Communications)

California Cybersecurity Institute 

News Intern

Research and document background information about interview topics and guests and support podcast editorial team with episode planning while interning with the California Cybersecurity Institute. Duties may also include fact-checking intel about topics and interviewing guests, support in-house social media team with research/fact checking when necessary, and edit scripts or support script writing in certain areas. 

By the end of this internship, interns should be able to: 
- Identify newsworthy information about tech-related topic area
- Communicate specific and/or technical information concisely to a non-technical or mid-level-technical audience with a high level of organization
- Scrutinize information and determine its level of credibility with efficiency
- Recognize industry news and relate it to broader stories of tech and cybersecurity
- Work collaboratively with others to identify and write content under a brand with a specific audience and set of values in cybersecurity
- Understand the mechanics of a podcast and how to research and prepare content for a podcast format
- Reach conversational proficiency in cybersecurity industry and digital literacy topics and articulate how it is related to the tech world as a whole

Contact: Danielle Borrelli (Operations Coordinator)


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