Job and Internship Opportunities

Student Opportunities:

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 there!


San Francisco Housing Action Coalition Housing Advocacy Outreach Internship


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.


Position overview


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.


Essential 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 outreach

·       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 outreach opportunities

• Attend relevant meetings, hearings and events

• Outreach follow-up, such as data entry and follow-up emails


Required 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 time productively

• Effective and clear writer

• Ability to get around the city as needed for outreach events and meetings


Desired 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 future.


• Amateur photographer

• Event planning




• One free 2015 Friends of SFHAC membership ($50 value)

• Two tickets to our Spring Forum on May 21st ($150 value)

• First-hand experience in one of the city’s leading housing advocacy organizations

• Ongoing professional development and networking opportunities

• 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.


How to Apply


Send an email to 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 Internship


District 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.


Supervisor 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.


Internship Responsibilities

·       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 timeliness

·       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 school/job commitments

·       Attend mandatory Intern Orientation (end-May for Summer Program/Mid-Jan for Standard Program)


Application Process

·       Please send a resume and cover letter to Sunny Angulo,, 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 ( and 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.


Program Duration

·       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)


Women, 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.


Preferred Skills/Experience: (you don’t have to have all of these, excelling in one is great)

·       Some volunteer experience, particularly campaign or community organizing related.

·       Fluency or conversational abilities in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese or Tagalog is extremely helpful.

·       Event planning.

·       Social media/web formatting.

·       Organization/scheduling

·       Previous leadership roles.

·       Excel/google docs proficiency


We 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 at Pride

·       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 school.


To Apply: Please send a resume (1 page) and cover letter to our Executive Director, Ally Medina at A monthly stipend will be offered. Applications due by May 1st.


Operations Coordinator – The SF Study Center (SFSC)


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 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

·       Fiscal operations

·       Meetings and logistics

·       Communications


Required Qualifications

·       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 independently.


To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to 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, Sub-Saharan Africa


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 grantee data

• 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



• Demonstrated 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 researched work

• Previous living, working or studying experience in the SSA region

• Familiarity with social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter

• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task

• Fluency in oral and written English and reading skills in French

• Strong 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 using databases

• 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


The internship 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+ ( 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 here:


Emerge America Summer 2015 Internship in San Francisco

(Visit the online posting for more information)


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.


Who We Are

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


The Opportunity

We are seeking a self-motivated intern(s) to play an integral role with fundraising, event planning and communications.



    Passionate about the advancement of women in politics

    Comfortable with Microsoft Office

    Familiar with general office operations

    Professional and clear communication skills

    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 cultivation

    Conduct prospect research


    Help manage website content and updates

    Develop and implement social media initiatives

    Help with mass mailings via e-mail and traditional mail

    Manage press lists and provide PR support

    Filing and administrative work as needed


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

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 Competition
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 Resolution.


Ralph Lane Peace & Justice Essay Award Competition

(Submission Deadline: May 11, 2015)


Undergrad Essay Competition


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

-  Nonviolence

-  Development & economic justice

-  Conflict resolution

-  Environmental protection

-  Peace & 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.


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

Submit an electronic copy with phone contact to Professor Robert Elias




THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015, 11:45pm-1:00pm, Getty Lounge


Note: The 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.