Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) » PRISM


     The Public Relations, Information, and Social Media (PRISM) Internship Group functions like a student run news/media organization within San Gabriel Unified to promote our district, and engage with our community. This program seeks to amplify student voice, provide workforce development opportunities, and strengthen leadership and communication skills.      Selected student interns work under the supervision of Visual and Performing Arts Program Administrator - Samantha Theisen, 21st Century Learning and Professional Development Coordinator - Heather Wolpert-Gawron, and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services - Dr. Joan Perez.         Membership is open to SGUSD high school students, and alumni.   This internship is not paid, however students will receive a completion certificate each semester, and a letter of recommendation upon request. 

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Photo of a microphone being held directly at you4 Pillars of PRISM 

Promote SGUSD
Engage with our Community
Develop Student Leaders and Career Skills
Amplify Student Voice
Specialties Covered: Journalism (including broadcast, print, and digital), communications, video production, marketing, public relations, media relations, crisis communications, event planning, social media, business and real-world skills such as interview techniques, ethics, and professionalism.Graphic design in an integral part of each of the above specialties, and PRISM will work in conjunction with Gabrielino's Graphic Design CTE courses, providing workforce development experience.

What do PRISM Interns Do? 
PRISM interns will participate in weekly meetings comprised of lectures, workshops, and discussions. The students will also work independently on their own time and with their peers to complete projects and assignments. Assignments may include regular social media posts, flyer/graphics creation, writing blog articles, publishing podcasts, covering events, video production, and assisting with crisis communication. Interns will be evaluated on their performance based on their contributions, and collaboration. (Evaluations do not impact academic standing.)
Student PRISM Interns will have the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals in the field during weekly meetings, and will be mentored by college students currently majoring in communications, marketing, and/or Graphic Design. 
When are Meetings? Currently, weekly meetings are scheduled for Tuesdays from 3:30-4:45. This is subject to change as we transition from virtual academy to hybrid. Students who participate in other extra-curricular activities are encouraged to apply as the meeting schedule is tentative at this time. 
Who Should Apply?
The internship is open to all SGUSD High School students who are in good academic standing. Ideal PRISM intern candidates are creative, have a passion/skill for graphic design, journalism, digital communications, and/or marketing. Our PRISM interns will work collaboratively with others in a team setting, and will also need to excel while working independently. Experience in any particular area is not required. PRISM candidates who are eager to learn new skills and contribute to the team will be successful.
Picture of social media priorities - storytelling, marketing, etc.

Job Description

The ideal publicity and social media intern has a true passion for PR and prior experience in PR and/or in social media. This role requires a strong degree of multitasking, a sharp focus for details and an innate sense of urgency to promptly respond to team and media requests. This is an awesome opportunity to get your feet wet in publicity and social media management.
Basic Qualifications for all Applicants:
  1. Creative thinker
  2. Responsive to direction
  3. Highly driven and self-motivated
  4. Self starter, takes initiative
  5. Excellent project management and organization skills
  6. Strong writing skills
  7. Strong verbal communication skills
  8. Experience with YouTube, basic web design and platforms
  9. Proficiency with Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
  10. Proficiency with Google Suite
  11. High standards, detail-oriented
Other desirable skills:
  1. Proficiency with video production/editing
  2. Experience with podcast production/editing

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  1. Gather information for content creation and communication (social media posts, blogs, podcasts, videos, fliers, ads, etc.)
  2. Research and keep track of district event calendars
  3. Maintain communication with school sites designated contacts
  4. Responsible and responsive communication with group advisor and mentors
Learning Opportunities:
  1. Gain-first hand experience with community and social media management at a school district office by interacting with our social media communities on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
  2. Learn and/or develop skills in useful tools like Google Suite, Microsoft Office, social media management systems, Edlio website management, Adobe Suite certification, and more.
  3. Create marketing, and informational content (flyers, articles, promotions, events, etc.) and analyze response.
  4. Interns will also be provided the opportunity to participate in district professional development (PD), attend district events and receive coaching for post-secondary job opportunities
If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Theisen, Visual and Performing Arts Program Administrator:, (626)857-6664


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