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About the Orange County Department on Aging

The Orange County Department on Aging (OCDOA) is a one-stop resource where older adults and caregivers can meet their social, mental, physical, financial, and day-to-day practical needs. They offer integrating aging services and programs at two senior centers, including wellness and education classes, job search advice and workshops, daily (M-F) nutritious lunches, trips, volunteer opportunities, and much more.


About the position

The intern will participate in the following activities:

  • Research, review, and revise previous National Accreditation documents
  • Work with OCDOA staff to formulate and help facilitate the two senior center self-assessment committees
  • Work with staff and the committees to complete the self-assessment process
  • Assist the staff and the two senior centers to evaluate their level of compliance with national standards and complete tasks to bring them into compliance
  • Work with staff to complete the two Orange County Senior Centers online profile
  • Assist staff in notifying NCOA’s NISC Program Manager when the online notebook is complete

The position is expected to require a commitment of 8 hours/week from September 2020 to May 2021 for a wage of $20/hour. The intern will work on-site on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays, between 2pm and 5pm. Work hours are flexible and can be negotiated. The Senior Centers are currently closed for group activities and all work processes are conducted using COVID-safety practices. The intern will work directly with, and be mentored by, Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator. Myra will be the team leader for the re-accreditation process.

The predicted benefits to the intern are understanding national accreditation processes applied to government organizations and the resulting budget implications, witnessing a local government agency and a national government organization working simultaneously to achieve a desired outcome, and understanding the process of managing and organizing a local government department, including policies and procedures.



  • Graduate student in Communications, Journalism, Public Relations, Public Policy, Public Health, or a similar discipline
    • Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience in communications, journalism, public relations, or public policy

The following knowledge, skills, and abilities are required:

  • Excellent organizational abilities and skills
  • Research and interview skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications and other virtual and large document platforms
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Team player
  • Skill and ability to work with older adults, volunteers, and staff
  • Flexibility in work schedule based on intern and staff availability (may require some on-site work on certain days


To apply

Interested students should submit a resume and cover letter to Myra Austin, Senior Centers Administrator, at Preference will be given to applications received by September 14, 2020.

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