Communications Summer Worker

Recruitment #230215-5704VR-001


Are you an industrious communications student interested in learning how CTDOT communicates with the media and the public? Do you have a passion for writing and want to use that skill while learning to work with the press? If you have a strong interest in public relations and value accessibility, equity, and storytelling, we have an exciting opportunity for you at CTDOT.

The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) is accepting applications for paid Summer Worker (Communications) positions in the Office of Communications based in Newington, CT. 

Who We Are
As one of the state’s largest agencies, we employ more than 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct Bureaus. The mission of CTDOT is to provide a safe and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development.

Position Highlights:
  • Anticipated start date in May of 2023 and ending by August 31, 2023
  • Monday-Friday
  • First shift
  • 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week
  • Seasonal
The Summer Worker will learn how to:
  • Draft press materials and other written content in a manner that is timely, clear, and concise, and comprehensible to a wide audience; including but not limited to press releases, advisories, speeches, op-ed pieces, letters to the editor, fact sheets, talking points, and message guidance
  • Respond to incoming media inquiries and draft media responses based on internal research on a wide range of CTDOT issues
  • Create and identify opportunities to elevate the Department of Transportation in the press and drive local and regional narratives
  • Pitch reporters proactively and work with a range of local media outlets 
  • Promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion 
  • Coordinate press activities including press conferences and events, which includes arranging press logistics, attending press/public events, prepping speakers, and preparing talking points, message and media guidance, and briefings for internal and external partners 
  • Create a communications and content calendar 
  • Conduct a media training for staff 
  • Compile daily news clips
  • Monitor media outlets and reports daily incoming and outgoing press activities to senior leadership team including breaking news, earned media opportunities, and important developments
What You Will Experience:
  • Implementing multi-faceted strategic communication plans and strategies, such as campaign launches, brand initiatives, press events, and news and social media;
  • Promoting a large, wide-spread organization, ensuring all messages align with key business strategies;
  • Promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, which can include but is not limited to creating content for audiences with limited English proficiency  
  • Gathering relevant information from multiple sources, synthesizing complex concepts into understandable material, and proposing or recommending a course of action based on all available information.
Final Project: 
  • Coordinate a press activity such as a press conference and other media event, which includes arranging press logistics, attending press/public events, prepping speakers, and preparing talking points, message and media guidance, and briefings for internal and external partners. 

Selection Plan

Selected candidates must be least 16 or 18 years old, depending on the position.

To Apply:
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period.  It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception.  Requests should be made to
  • For assistance in applying, please visit our 'Applicant Tips on How to Apply' page
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position.  These documents may include:  a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancies are listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, the State of Connecticut is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Hayley Newhouse at


In various agencies as a summer employee performs one or more tasks and assigned duties of a seasonal nature in providing a variety of services to clients or the public in one of several areas. This class may also be used during the winter college intersession for a period not to exceed six weeks.

Work areas covered by this class shall include the assignments and hourly rates as listed below:

Assignment                  Minimum
Hourly Rates     
Hourly Rates
General  $14.00 $17.00 
Patient Care Services  $14.00 $17.00 
Maintenance  $14.00 $17.00 
Laboratory Assistant  $14.00 $17.00 
Recreational Aide  $14.00 $17.00 
Transportation Services (Bus Driver)      $14.00 $17.00 
Tourist Information Clerk  $14.00 $17.00 
Specialized Recreational Services  $14.00 $17.00 
Tourist Information Coordinator  $14.00 $17.00 
Information Technology System Analysis  $19.00 $22.00 
Professional Engineering  $19.00  $22.00 


Minimum and maximum hourly rates will be subject to the following criteria:

1. Returning Summer Workers may receive $.50 an hour additional compensation for each season of service up to the maximum hourly rate.


2. Experienced workers in the specific functional area with another employer may be credited with such time on an equivalent basis to seasons worked and granted the same additional compensation up to the maximum hourly rate.

3. College students may be granted additional compensation of up to $.50 more per hour (up to the maximum hourly rate) for each full year of completed education on the basis of 30 semester hours equaling one (1) year.
Determination of hourly rate is based on the above criteria. Additional compensation is based on only one criteria. It is not intended for individuals to receive additional compensation through application of the multiple criteria listed above.


GENERAL: Performs clerical tasks such as filing, typing, copying, recording information, answering telephone, reception duties, computing, office machine operation, routine library tasks, inventory, stockroom, mail processing, cashiering, etc.; makes change; rings up fees; balances receipts; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of principles, practices and procedures of assigned specialty; knowledge in operation of equipment, materials and activities of assigned specialty; knowledge to degree necessary for dealing with and understanding client behavior; interpersonal skills; skill in techniques of assigned specialty; ability to assist clients in self-care habits, personal hygiene and proper social conduct where applicable; ability to understand and carry out written orders and oral instructions; adequate physical strength and stamina to perform duties; some positions may require supervisory and/or leadership abilities.


Any experience and training that could reasonably be expected to provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above.


  • Experience proofreading written communications
  • Experience through work or coursework with social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube
  • Experience through work or coursework with areas of photography, video editing, and graphic design
  • Experience through work or coursework utilizing computer software including publishing and graphic design software
  • Experience using interpersonal skills to build relationships
  • Experience practicing attention to detail, organization, and time management skills


1. Incumbents in this class assigned to recreational activities must be able to perform emergency first aid as needed and certain positions will require a current Standard First Aid Certificate.
2. Incumbents in this class assigned as bus drivers or operate a motor vehicle must possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator License to drive a bus and/or a Motor Vehicle Operators License as necessary.
3. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.