HR Communications Intern



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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


The Human Resources Communications team is a small but mighty group supporting the directorate’s various “Centers of Excellence” including Talent Management and Acquisitions, People Services (Benefits), Training, Compensation, Leadership and Organizational Development, and Change Management.


If you are looking for a role that will allow you to put into practice your writing and project management skills, and learn more about employee communication—we want to talk to you! If you can tie a bowline knot and enjoy popular space westerns, that’s a bonus!


Our Objectives Are To

Create awareness and reinforce the organization’s values, priorities and career development opportunity through effective communications.

Create content that attracts exceptional talent to work at JPL through highlighting our employees, Lab and culture.




As part of the Human Resources Communications team, you would assist in creating communications such as internal memos to employees, and content for internal and external websites. The ideal HR Communications intern has a background in Strategic Communications, Marketing or Public Relations, and understands how to create messaging that supports an institution’s organizational priorities and values. You understand the importance of effective communications, and have good presentation development skills. As the HR Comms intern, you are always interested in the whole picture of the organization, and know to ask the right questions in the interest of providing clarity for your audience.


In Your Role, You Might Be Asked To

Create basic communications plans in support of HR initiatives or projects

Assist in drafting internal emails or memos for employees

Write short stories anchored in JPL’s internal organizational priorities such as our values, leadership capabilities, benefits, learning opportunities and more

Draft relevant messaging for publication in our internal or external websites

Create clear and compelling PowerPoint presentations, and deliver them (virtually) to small or large groups

Assist in drafting or reviewing copy for our external careers’ social media channels

Draft and publish messaging promoting HR initiatives, projects or tools in our internal Slack channels

Participate in meetings with clients inside or outside of the HR directorate, and take detailed notes



Must be enrolled at least half-time at typically a local accredited college or university pursuing a Bachelor’s, Master’s in Strategic Communications, Communications, Public Relations, English, Marketing, Business Administration, Human Resources, or major related to work assignment

Must be available to work full-time (40 hours/week) for 8-12 weeks during the Summer (2021). With the potential of working during the academic school year (with a minimum and maximum of 8 hours to 30 hours per week)

Must have at least 1 semester or quarter remaining to complete degree

Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 out of 4.0 or equivalent

General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in Communications


Desired Qualifications

Strong writing and copy-editing skills in AP Style

Strategic communications, public relations or journalism background

Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including presentation development skills

Impeccable time management, and a self-starter who can work independently but also take direction when needed

Experience working collaboratively and successfully with many teams

Strong project management skills


JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.


In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


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