This section of the
Politics Newsletter highlights some of the many opportunities the Politics
department receives. Contact information is provided in each
posting. Please use that information to follow up. Also always
remember to be pro-active and look beyond this newsletter for the
opportunities that are best for you and match your passions – they are out
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition Housing Advocacy
The SF Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) advocates
for the creation of well-designed, well-located housing, at all levels of
affordability, to meet the needs of San Franciscans, present and future. We have
a small four-person staff, with a rich 15-year history and over 170 business
and individual members, all working to increase the City’s supply of housing.
We believe more housing will improve affordability and create more choices for
people who want to call San Francisco home.
The Outreach Intern will gain first-hand experience
in community engagement and non-profit advocacy with one of the city’s leading
housing advocacy organizations. This internship will focus on grassroots outreach
to engage our existing supporters and connect with new opportunities.
Duties and Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to
• Assist staff with outreach and base building for
our organization including:
Street-side outreach at existing
events such as Sunday Streets
Online outreach communications
including emails and social media
Draft talking points for in-person
Draft printed resources
• In-office collaboration and planning with staff
• Research and identify existing community events
and outreach opportunities
• Email and phone call coordination to arrange
• Attend relevant meetings, hearings and events
• Outreach follow-up, such as data entry and
skills or abilities
• Interest in San Francisco urban planning,
community outreach, local politics and housing issues
• Good communicator with an outgoing and
people-friendly personality - in person, phone and email
• Ability to work on tasks independently and manage
• Effective and clear writer
• Ability to get around the city as needed for
outreach events and meetings
additional skills or abilities
• Graphics design (Adobe Creative Suite)
• Social media savvy
• Excellent public speaker
The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
advocates for the creation of well-designed, well-located housing, at ALL
levels of affordability, to meet the needs of San Franciscans, present and
• Amateur photographer
• Event planning
• One free 2015 Friends of SFHAC membership ($50
• Two tickets to our Spring Forum on May 21st ($150
• First-hand experience in one of the city’s
leading housing advocacy organizations
• Ongoing professional development and networking
• Academic course credit
Due to the after hours and weekend nature of
community events, we offer a flexible schedule with a six hour per week
estimated average commitment. Some days will need to be spent in the SFHAC
office, but often work can be done off-site. Interns are expected to make a
three-month commitment, which may be extended. While the position is not paid,
we are happy to work with any academic requirements the intern may have to help
them earn course credit for their efforts.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Outreach
Intern” in the subject line. Tell us why you want to intern at the SF Housing
Action Coalition and include your resume. People of color and women are
strongly encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition is an
equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race,
ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual or political orientation.
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim
6 Supervisor Jane Kim’s internship program provides a unique opportunity to
engage in the daily operation of the City and County of San Francisco. Recently
re-elected to her second term on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Kim
represents one of the most dynamic and diverse districts in San Francisco –
encompassing the Tenderloin/Civic Center, South of Market, South Beach, Mission
Bay and Treasure Island.
Jane Kim is the first Korean-American Supervisor to be elected in the United
States of America, and the first Korean-American elected to serve in San
Francisco. She was first elected in 2010 and then for a second term in 2014 to
serve as a member of the Board of Supervisors representing the diverse District
Six in San Francisco, currently absorbing the majority of the city’s residential
and commercial growth.
· Daily office management, data entry and constituent
response, both online and in-person
· Committee clerking and prep work for the various
committees the Supervisor sits on
· Work with a high level of responsiveness and
· Be well-versed in and track current events, policy
initiatives and local politics
· Staff a variety of policy meetings with City
Departments and Community Based Organizations
· Perform research regarding policy issues (e.g., land
use/transportation, civil rights & economics development)
· Perform outreach to neighborhood groups, community
leaders, and constituents
· Represent the office at community meetings in the
district and citywide convenings & events
· Commit to a regular schedule of 10 to 12 hours per
week, for 6 weeks minimum – the office is willing to be flexible with
· Attend mandatory Intern Orientation (end-May for
Summer Program/Mid-Jan for Standard Program)
· Please send a resume and cover letter to Sunny
Angulo, email@example.com, with the subject line “Internship Application.”
Your cover letter should include the particular social, policy and political
issues that interest you (e.g. homelessness, budget & finance, land
use/housing, domestic violence, immigrant rights, etc.), what you hope to
accomplish during your tenure (e.g. Are you hoping to build city experience? Is
this for school credit? Will staff be required to regularly evaluate your
performance?), and your available time commitment (e.g. Mon/Wed/Fri mornings,
afternoons, etc.). If you are available to/interested in interning for longer
than one semester, please indicate that on your letter.
· After processing your resume and cover letter, we
will schedule a follow up phone interview, which will allow the candidate an
opportunity to ask staff questions, as well. Please make sure to review the
Supervisor’s websites (janekim.org and sfbos.org) and be prepared to confirm basic
knowledge of Supervisor Kim’s background/policy agenda.
· Qualified candidates will then be offered a
probationary training period, completion of which will result in full acceptance
in to the internship program.
· Summer Program – Minimum Duration June-August
(Intern Orientation at end of May)
· Standard Semester I Program – Minimum Duration
January-May (Intern Orientation early/mid Jan)
· Standard Semester II Program – Minimum Duration
Sept-Dec (Intern Orientation after Labor Day)
people of color, disabled individuals, members of the LGBTQ community and
District 6 residents are strongly encouraged to apply.
SF Democratic Party Summer 2015 Sue
Bierman Memorial Internship Program
(Application Deadline: May 1, 2015)
Must be a student interested in politics.
Must be registered as a Democrat (if eligible to do so).
Must be able to devote 1015 hours/week to internship.
Must be in San Francisco and available to work for at least 12 weeks
during summer of 2015.
Interested in field outreach activities including voter registration,
phone banking, and canvassing.
Skills/Experience: (you don’t have to
have all of these, excelling in one is great)
Some volunteer experience, particularly campaign or community organizing
Fluency or conversational abilities in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese or
Tagalog is extremely helpful.
Social media/web formatting.
Previous leadership roles.
Excel/google docs proficiency
are looking for our next group of future leaders in the Democratic Party. Here
are some highlights of what our interns accomplished last year:
Registered nearly 3,000 new voters
Hosted coordinated events with our chartered clubs
Generated 20,000 calls for Dr. Ami Bera in the most expensive
congressional race in the nation
Attended field organizing training and organized trips to Sacramento for
our coordinated campaign
Marched with Assemblymember Phil Ting and District Attorney George Gascon
Trained nearly 20 high school fellows on the basics of political outreach
Hosted an endofsummer event attended by local elected officials
This internship is meant to teach basic field
organizing skills and expose students to local, state, and federal politics. Students
will be expected to take the lead on and manage projects and small-scale
campaigns - responsibility and leadership roles will increase as the summer
progresses. They will be expected to participate in voter registration 12x per
week as well as support coordinated campaigns at the local, state or federal
level by phonebanking and canvassing. They will also help recruit and manage
volunteers, including those from our local democratic clubs. Students who
cannot commit to these requirements are encouraged to volunteer and can use
volunteer time to fulfill community service requirements if allowed by their
To Apply: Please send a resume (1 page) and cover
letter to our Executive Director, Ally Medina at firstname.lastname@example.org. A
monthly stipend will be offered. Applications due by May 1st.
Operations Coordinator – The SF Study
SFSC seeks to hire an
Operations Coordinator to support the San Francisco Beacon Initiative (SFBI).
SFBI is the coordinating entity for a network that includes 8 Beacon hub sites
and 17 satellite sites. For more info please go to sfbeacon.org. This is a part-time position
expected to work approximately 20 hours/week, with potential to move to
full-time after 3-6 months. The expected salary range is $15-$18/hour.
Under the supervision
of the Executive Director, the Operations Coordinator is responsible for
providing a broad range of support to the Beacon Initiative. Primary
responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Fundraising and reporting
Meetings and logistics
Bachelor’s degree preferred.
At least 1-2 years previous experience
in an operational/administrative support role.
Ability to complete administrative
tasks with efficiency and attention to detail.
Strong organizational, verbal,
interpersonal, and writing skills.
Proficiency in navigating the Internet
and familiarity with Microsoft Office on PC systems.
Flexibility and ability to work
effectively in a fast-paced environment; able to be a self-starter,
solution-oriented, take initiative, prioritize multiple assignments, and work
Please email a resume
and cover letter to email@example.com by Friday, April 17.
Please include "[your name]" – Operations Coordinator Search in the
subject line. The position will begin on June 16, 2015.
Global Fund for Women: Program Intern,
The Program Intern
will provide support to the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) team with research and analysis
of grantee partners’ work and achievements as well as the contexts in which
they operate. The Intern will also be responsible to provide necessary
coordination of support to improve communication with grantee partners and
other women’s groups in the region. During the internship period the Intern
will learn and deepen knowledge of women’s rights issues and activism in SSA,
will acquire skills related to the grant-making process, and will gain an
insight into the work of foundations.
• Draft written
summaries of final reports from grantee partners
• Draft grant
write-ups for grants recommended for funding
• Enter and analyze
• Identify and
collect grantee success stories and case studies
• Launch and
implement regional social media strategy
• Work on specific
projects and conduct independent research as assigned
• Provide translation
support between French and English
interest in and familiarity with women’s rights work in the SSA region
• Knowledge of the
economic, political and social trends in the region
• Strong written and
verbal communication skills and ability to perform thorough analytical and
• Previous living,
working or studying experience in the SSA region
• Familiarity with
social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter
organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task
• Fluency in oral and
written English and reading skills in French
interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multicultural environment
• Strong skills in a
Macintosh and/or PC environment, and in using MS Office applications
• Experience with
• Native or
professional proficiency in French
• Bachelor’s degree
or Master’s degree (in progress) in gender studies, women’s studies, sociology,
international studies, international relations, African studies, public policy,
development studies, political science, or another related field.
• Some work or
volunteer experience, preferably in non-profit organizations
requires a commitment of 20-25 hours per
week for a minimum commitment of 3 months. This internship is unpaid. Academic credit may be
available as the internship offers direct exposure to the operations of an
international human rights organization, close supervision by the GFW staff,
interaction with community activists and opportunities to participate in
presentations and special events relating to women’s human rights. Intern
candidates should check with their individual institutions regarding academic
requirements for credit.
To submit your application materials, please visit our website:
The Global Fund for
Women is committed to working globally and addressing inequities. In line with
this global lens, it is our policy to actively seek a diverse pool of
candidates, from a variety of backgrounds, who are committed to the mission and
vision of the Global Fund. Global Fund for Women will work with applicants to
ensure the placement meets internship goals and requirements. Priority will be
given to applicants participating in academic-sponsored internship programs
which offer course credit and/or internship stipends. This is an unpaid
internship position and we do not directly offer funding.
PowerPAC+ Digital Media Internship
(Application Deadline: April 24, 2015)
PowerPAC+ (www.powerpacplus.org) is a political action
committee and national network that builds the political power of America’s
multiracial majority. We’re seeking energetic summer interns to support our
digital work for our websites, social media and upcoming national campaign. The
internship is a paid position this summer in our San Francisco office.
Applications must be received by April 24, 2015.
The internship is ideal for someone who’s passionate about
social justice and racial politics and has an interest in growing their digital
media skills in blogging, social media, public relations and digital video
production. For full internship descriptions and application details click
Emerge America Summer
2015 Internship in San Francisco
(Visit the online posting for more
If you are enthusiastic about the
advancement of women in politics, then this is the internship for you! At
Emerge, you will be an important member of a national network that is
transforming the face of American politics.
Emerge America is a candidate
training program for Democratic women. The essential step for Democratic women
who want to run for public office – Emerge is the only in-depth, seven-month
training program that inspires women to run and gives them the tools to win.
Currently operating in fourteen states, our mission is to increase the number
of Democratic women in all levels of Public office. For more information about
Emerge America, visit us online at www.emergeamerica.org.
We are seeking a self-motivated
intern(s) to play an integral role with fundraising, event planning and
Passionate about the advancement of
women in politics
Comfortable with Microsoft Office
Familiar with general office
Professional and clear communication
Familiar with social media
Learn to use NGP (Democratic campaign
database) and related fundraising tools
Help with event planning, including
our annual event and smaller salons
Support donor outreach and
Conduct prospect research
Help manage website content and
Develop and implement social media
Help with mass mailings via e-mail
and traditional mail
Manage press lists and provide PR
Filing and administrative work as
This position will require a
commitment of 20 to 30 hours each week. Dates/hours can be flexible to
accommodate a class schedule and we are happy to work with your school to help
you earn college credit.
Please send a resume and a brief
cover letter explaining your interest and prior experience in politics or
non-profit work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emerge America strives to reflect the
diverse communities that we serve. Those who contribute to this diversity are strongly
encouraged to apply.
James B. Boskey Law Student Essay
Contest on Dispute Resolution
(Submission Deadline: June 12th)
Sponsored by The ABA Section of Dispute Resolution
in memory of James B. Boskey, an intellectual, humanitarian, Seton Hall University law
professor, and mediator. Professor Boskey became known and beloved
world-over for his publication of The Alternative Newsletter, a resource guide
on Alternative Dispute Resolution published quarterly. It was in its tenth year
when Professor Boskey died in 1999. The publication provided a comprehensive
yet very accessible window into the diverse dimensions of the ADR field. In many
respects, Professor Boskey - through the alternative newsletter - was the voice
of the ADR community.
Purpose of the Boskey ADR Writing
The purpose of the competition is to create greater
interest in the field of dispute resolution among all law students of the
nation, particularly the Law Student Division of the American Bar Association.
The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution
practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses. Essays are limited to 15-25 typewritten pages,
including footnotes or endnotes. The text of the essay must be double-spaced,
with twelve-point font and one-inch margins.
First Prize: $1000 to the Competition winner and posting of the
winning essay and runner-up online.
Entry Information and Procedures
The 2015 entry deadline is June 12, 2015
Click HERE for
the Competition Guidelines and Entry Form
The James Boskey Dispute Resolution Essay
Competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute
Ralph Lane Peace & Justice Essay
(Submission Deadline: May 11, 2015)
In honor of Ralph Lane (USF Professor Emeritus and
Founder of the Catholic Social Thought Project), the USF Politics Department,
Peace & Justice Studies Program, and Peace
Review will bestow an award and prize for the best essay (either from this
semester or previously) written by a current, undergraduate USF student on a
peace studies theme, including issues such as the following:
- Human rights
& economic justice
& human rights activists & movements
Essay must incorporate both research and original thought,
and must be at least 10 pages long (preferably less than 25 pgs),
double-spaced. No previously published essays.
$300 CASH PRIZE FOR BEST ESSAY
Winning essay(s) will
also be considered for publication in Peace
Review, an international journal of social justice edited at USF.
ESSAY DEADLINE: May 11, 2015 by 12:00pm
electronic copy with phone contact to Professor Robert Elias
AWARD WILL BE GIVEN AT THE POLITICS DEPARTMENT RECEPTION:
THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015, 11:45pm-1:00pm, Getty Lounge
Politics Department and Peace & Justice Studies Program reserve the right
to grant no award, based on the quality of submitted essays.
Updated April 21, 2015 from the Politics Department Newsletter.