2024 Summer Communications Intern

Job Locations US-KS-Lenexa
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(9/13/2023 9:37 AM)
# of Openings
Seasonal Labor


The purpose of this position is to gain knowledge and experience by assisting our Communications team with various external and internal communication responsibilities including representing the organization at community outreach events, creating newsletters and publications, and social media content creation. Some events may occur on nights and weekends; flexibility is required.


WaterOne is an independent public water utility. We’ve been proudly serving the Johnson County, Kansas area since 1957. Every day, nearly 455,000 customers rely on WaterOne to provide fresh, clean water on demand. It’s a responsibility we deliver on. Our passion is water, because water touches everything we care about: family, health, safety, and community. We serve our community by bringing award-winning water to their homes, businesses, and public places.


WaterOne provides competitive benefits and compensation ranges.  Selected candidates are placed in the position’s pay range based on their qualifications.

Pay Range:  From $18.00/hr


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Assist with creating and updating communication materials such as newsletters, articles, and outreach supplies, and assist with various internal project requests.
  • Develop topics, interview various staff, and write articles for our internal newsletter.
  • Using Adobe programs, create graphics, take and edit photography, and film and edit videos.
  • Gain knowledge of WaterOne operations and topics of interest in order to knowledgably, professionally, and enthusiastically engage with the public.
  • Document activities through photography and video and completing post-event documentation or debriefings.


Required Education, Skills & Experience

  • At least one year of post-secondary education at an accredited college or university.
  • At least one years’ experience in community service, non-profit client services, direct to consumer sales or marketing, public speaking, or a similar or equivalent.
  • Must provide writing sample and design or editing portfolio.
  • Ability to positively represent WaterOne and tap water by upholding its reputation, aligning with our values, and presenting accurate information in an engaging manner appropriate to the audience.
  • Ability to obtain a thorough understanding of WaterOne history, water treatment processes, common standards and practices, topical issues related to water, and responses to frequently asked questions.
  • Excellent work habits, ability to work independently and set priorities and continuously meet attendance expectations.
  • Proven interpersonal speaking skills.
  • Ability to maintain an environment of high energy and positive engagement.
  • Availability for weekday, evenings, and weekend events with two weeks’ notice and maintain access to email and telephone for coordination and training purposes.
  • Ability to responsibly administer and maintain all assigned equipment.
  • Moderate computer skills, including familiarity with YouTube and other social media platforms.
  • Ability to use Smartphone camera and video applications.
  • Proficient abilities using Microsoft Office. (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and continuously meet WaterOne driving standards.
  • Must pass post offer medical exam, including background verification and drug screen (may not apply to current employees).

Preferred Education, Skills & Experience

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite products.
  • Familiarity with email marketing platforms.
  • Advanced computer skills, including familiarity with YouTube and other social media platforms.

Physical Requirements


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.

The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. The employee must be able to occasionally move from one location to another or be able to remain in a stationary position for up to several hours a day. The employee must be able to use office productivity equipment such as a personal computer, calculator, printer, and copy machine.


Work Environment


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions occasionally.  This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Equal Opportunity Employer

WaterOne is an equal opportunity employer and upholds a non-discrimination policy. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, military status, or marital status in making employment and business decisions. We also prohibit harassment and retaliation in the workplace and in our dealings with the public. We encourage and welcome diversity of backgrounds in our workforce. WaterOne complies with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA).


Complete job description is available upon request and will be provided during the selection process.


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