Intern – Public Involvement

Posted 09/12/2023

Are you looking to join an award-winning organization with a culture built on innovation and public service? Are you looking for a position that offers a hybrid work schedule with work from home options?

The Transportation Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is seeking an Intern to support its public involvement and government relations program. Primary work functions include assisting with social media, department publications, media relations and other digital communications, and contributing to major communications and public relations activities. Applicants wishing to be considered for this position should apply online at To be considered for any other NCTCOG position that may currently be open, including other internship opportunities, applicants need to apply online separately for those postings. Qualified candidates must be attending an accredited college or university while in the position and able to work at the NCTCOG offices in Arlington, Texas. All submittals should include a cover letter summarizing work experience, as well as a current resume.

Ideal candidates should be able to work at least 25 hours per week while attending school.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Drafting publication, website, and social media content
  • Assisting with the development of social media graphics and messaging
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of social media policy and strategy documents
  • Assisting with the collection and reporting of social media data including department efforts and for specific campaigns
  • Assisting with the development of an overall social media strategy and editorial calendar
  • Researching new opportunities and best practices for social media platforms
  • Assisting with the gathering of transportation-related news stories for staff distribution
  • Assisting in the development and maintenance of databases, including entering data, for a variety of initiatives
  • Maintaining reports on the outreach and effectiveness of public involvement efforts
  • Assisting with web updates
  • Assisting with evaluation of communications/outreach elements through data tracking and analysis
  • Assisting with elements of marketing/outreach campaigns

Required Skills

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher and Outlook
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Canva preferred
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented, organized, creative, and ability to handle multiple tasks and tight deadlines
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Required Experience

  • Must be attending an accredited college or university during employment. Pursuit of a degree in public relations, communications or a related field is preferred, but not required.
  • No work experience required, at least one year of school-related experience preferred

Starting Salary

Minimum of $15.00 per hour

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development.  NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions.  Since 1974, NCTCOG has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan Area and is responsible for developing transportation plans and programs that address the complex needs of the rapidly growing area.  The planning area for transportation includes the 12 counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise.

The agency offers generous benefits, a friendly atmosphere with open communications for cooperative decision making, and challenging opportunities.  The environment encourages both individual and team growth, responsibility, and innovation.

NCTCOG is recognized as a military-friendly employer and values the knowledge, experience, and skills acquired during your military service career.  All qualified veterans are invited to apply.

Equal Employment Opportunity Employer:
NCTCOG is an equal opportunity employer/program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other classifications covered under federal, state, or local laws. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

Background Check & Drug Testing:
All selected candidates must undergo a pre-employment background check and drug screening. Background checks include national criminal background check, employment history, motor vehicle record check, social security verification, education verification, and other elements as needed. NCTCOG is committed to a safe and drug free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing. All new hires are required to undergo a drug test which detects the presence of illegal drugs for months prior to testing. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping NCTCOG safe and drug free. In order to receive an offer of employment from NCTCOG, selected candidates must successfully pass the pre-employment background check and drug screening.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments participates in the federal E-Verify program in order to verify a new employee's authorization to work in the United States.

Applicants must be lawfully authorized to work in the U.S.

Job postings are kept open for a minimum of 10 calendar days and may close anytime thereafter at the discretion of the hiring manager.



Starting Salary: $73,435.00- $99,137.00 depending on skills, qualifications and experience.


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