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 these postings for the opportunities that are best for you and match your passions – they are out there!

 

Change.org Job Positions

Change.org is still growing fast. We're nearing 70 million users now with more than a million each in 15 different countries. So we're hiring for a few more roles in SF and we'd love for you (or your friends) to apply. 

We love our users -- and we love our staff, too. Working at Change.org means a very competitive salary, five weeks of vacation, great maternity and paternity leave, free foreign language training, and learning from a world-class team that is both high-impact and low-ego. 

Plus, we're focused on building an amazing team culture with excellent managers to make the lives of our staff a lot better. 

Here are the open roles in SF: 

Engineering - Our Engineering Team (now led by a brilliant former Zynga CTO)  is building and scaling the platform that millions of people around the world use every day. We're hiring for Systems, DevOps, Front-end, Full-stack, and Web engineers. SF

Product Designer  - We're hiring an experienced designer to guide the visual design of our site and tools for millions of users. SF

Global Digital Director - A big job for someone with lots of experience in email marketing and storytelling to make sure all of the emails our users get are inspiring, timely, thrilling, and exactly what they're looking for. SF

Senior Client Manager - We're looking for a digital fundraising and engagement expert who can help the world's leading nonprofits make the most of our paid services. SF, NYC, or DC

Senior Campaigner - A social change expert who will elevate and support the most inspiring campaigns started by our users. You'll work with an elite, worldwide campaign staff, and change the world daily. Flexible location, NYC, DC, or SF preferred

Executive Communications Manager - Change.org campaigns are covered more than 250 times each day by the media. We're looking for someone to build deep relationships throughout the media landscape to help our users connect share their stories in print and on TV even more. SF 

Technical Recruiter - Someone to help us find all the talented people who don't respond to this email, and to interview the people who do!

- Patrick Schmitt, 
Director of Innovation at 
Change.org

California Courts Judicial Branch Careers

The Judicial Branch of California has internship and job opportunities for USF students and graduates. Postings are available for review here.

For more information, please contact Mark Gelade, Web Services Supervisor for the Judicial Council of California at mark.gelade@jud.ca.gov. Also visit www.courts.ca.gov.


White House Office of Presidential Correspondence (PC) Associate Program

(Deadline: May 9, 2014)

The White House Office of Presidential Correspondence (OPC) Associate Program is open every spring, summer, and fall, and we are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2014 semester. Associates work alongside our staff and interns, gaining valuable professional experience while learning about the White House and the Federal Government. Our associates serve in our office for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold U.S. citizenship, and they must be currently enrolled in or recently finished with a degree-seeking program. The Fall 2014 program lasts from September 2 – December 12.  The final deadline to apply is May 9, 2014. This is an unpaid position. If a student or graduate is interested in applying, please encourage the applicant to email a resume and a statement of interest to: OPCAssociate@who.eop.gov.  If applicants are interested in opportunities involving time commitments less than 30 hours per week, please contact OPCStudentVolunteers@who.wop.gov for more information.

For more details, go to the FAQ and flyer.


Match Education Teacher Training Program for Graduates

Match Education (www.matcheducation.org) operates an elementary, middle, and high school in Boston for inner city students, and run an urban education tutoring program in Illinois in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools and the University of Chicago.

Match Education is seeking undergraduate seniors who:

- Want to spend a year working closely with students in Boston while training to be a teacher or

- Want to spend a year in Boston or Chicago working closely with students before heading off to grad school or another career

Our teacher training program was recently recognized by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for its innovation. Program partici­pants receive training on how to become highly effective first-year teachers (there is a near 100% placement rate in high performing urban schools). In addition, teacher residents receive housing and a living stipend while completing their Master’s.

The teacher residency is only available in Boston, but tutoring opportunities are available in both Chicago and Boston for students who are interested in doing an urban education gap year.

Below are links to additional information about Match Education programs:

Match Education's "About Us" page

Our Graduate School of Education

Info on our 1-Year Tutoring Program

Info on previous program participants

 

For more information, contact: Recruiting@MatchEducation.org

City Councilmember Lynette McElhaney Summer Internships

Oakland, District 3 (Downtown, West Oakland, Jack London Square, Adam’s Point, KONO/Pill Hill)

1) Community Liaison Intern

Internship Location: Oakland City Hall - Council Offices - 2nd Floor. (Some work will be done remotely or off-site).

Time Commitment: Interns are expected to work 15-25 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks between May and September. Dates & weekly schedules are flexible. Some evening & weekend hours may be required.

Description: Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney was elected to represent Oakland’s District 3 in November 2012. Lynette was elected on a platform dedicated to jobs and economic growth, improved public safety, quality education for youth and adults and restoring public trust in local government. Councilmember McElhaney has committed her office to provide excellent constituent services. We are seeking an intern to help systematize our process of managing, tracking, and addressing these concerns as efficiently as possible. Through this project, we expect that our intern will strategically evaluate the root causes of these concerns & provide solutions as to how Lynette and our office can improve the quality of life for District 3 residents.

Responsibilities:

● Community support and outreach:

            ○  Record, manage, and address constituent requests and concerns; provide weekly 
updates and monthly reports; update the D3 Constituent Concern Guide as needed.

            ○  Attend events or meetings with staff to take notes and provide briefs for staff

            ○  Analyze recurring community issues in search of better solutions, through research on 
best practices in other cities/communities. ● Administrative:

            ○  Answer phones, take messages, forward requests, & direct callers appropriately.

            ○  Support office requests, welcome visitors, accept deliveries, & scan documents. 


Qualifications: 


Applicants Must:

            ●  Have or be currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in a related field.

            ●  Have exemplary written & verbal communication skills, and be very detail oriented.

            ●  Be web savvy, with additional proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.

            ●  Have project management experience with the ability to scope this project and take feedback.

            ●  Have experience with public relations, preferably with low-income or communities of color.

            ●  Interns are expected to act professionally, dress appropriately, and uphold confidentiality. 


To apply:

Email your cover letter and resume to cfarmer@oaklandnet.com as PDF attachments. Your letter should explain how your education and experiences will lead you to be successful in this role. 
Applications are preferred as soon as possible or no later than May 15, 2014.

2) Policy and Research Intern

Internship Location: Oakland City Hall - Council Offices - 2nd Floor

Time Commitment: Interns are expected to work 15-25 hours per week. Schedules can be flexible, including remote work and off site meetings. The internship will last 6-8 weeks sometime between late May & early September.

Description: Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney was elected to represent Oakland’s District 3 in November 2012. Lynette was elected on a platform dedicated to jobs and economic growth, improving public safety, enhancing quality education for youth, and restoring public trust in local government. Councilmember McElhaney strives to create legislation which improves the lives of the District 3 residents by more deeply analyzing the existing challenges. The intern should seek innovative and collaborative solutions which are derived from data and will be successful in the landscape of limited funding. The Policy and Research Intern will evaluate key policy areas, including but not limited to:

- Public Safety, crime, & violence prevention
- Economic development & workforce investment - Education, truancy, and youth development

Responsibilities:

● Evaluate the existing need for the policy area selected (from D3 staff and community)

● Research existing policy in the city, county, state, and nation related to this policy area.

● Study best practices and or failed policy implemented in other jurisdictions

● Investigate proper implementation necessary for the proposed policy to be success

● Determine a set of proposed policy recommendations, naming intended outcomes, community partners, potential externalities, and political issues related to the potential policies

● Examine the community’s interest in proposed solutions
● Draft legislation with appropriate review from City Staff, in alignment with state and federal law

Qualifications:

Applicants Must:

● Have or be currently pursuing a graduate or advanced degree in a related field.

● Have exemplary written and verbal communication skills and be meticulously detail oriented.

● Be web savvy, with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.


● Have project management experience with the ability to scope this project and take feedback.

● Interns are expected to act professionally, dress appropriately, and uphold confidentiality. 

To apply:

Please email a cover letter and resume to cfarmer@oaklandnet.com. Applications are preferred as soon as possible, or no later than Thursday, May 15th. Please send these as PDF attachments.

This internship will be paid by a small stipend, as well as free tickets to community & sporting events.


U.S. Pre-trial Services Agency Internship

(Deadline Extension: May 9, 2014)

The U.S. Pretrial Services Officer is often the first court representative that defendants encounter after their arrest. It is this agency’s responsibility to investigate defendants charged with federal crimes; recommend to the court whether to release or detain these individuals; and supervise individuals who are released to the community while they await their day in court. The officer must balance the presumption that “an individual iis presumed innocent until proven guilty” with the court’s concern that the defendant will not endanger the public. Working with judges, attorneys, state and local law enforcement agencies, and treatment providers, this agency provides services that will benefit the court, community, and the defendant.

Requirements:

Candidate must have current undergraduate standing from an accredited college or university with a concentration in Criminal Justice, Legal Studies, Political or Social Science, or in a field appropriate to the subject matter.

Incumbent must be able to work a minimum of 16 (maximum of 24) hours per week. The hours worked are contingent on the needs of the agency. Increased hours may be available during school breaks.

Individuals should exhibit sound and balanced judgment; the ability to meet deadlines; and demonstrate strong verbal and writing skills. Bi-lingual skills (e.g., Spanish, Cantonese, or Vietnamese) would be helpful, but not required.

Professional business attire (Men: shirt/tie/ dress shirt/slacks; Women: Closed-toe shoes /nylons/skirt or suit pants/blouse) is required during work hours.

Duties

Interns will be exposed to the federal courts, counseling/guidance and pretrial programs in a closely allied workforce, including individuals within the law enforcement community.

The incumbent, working on a daily basis with officers and administrative staff will:

            - Assist in completing reports and correspondence for the courts

            - Maintain files and case records

            - Prepare and process criminal history verifications

            - Provide operational support including scanning documents, case file organization, answering phones, attending court, and other tasks as assigned

Location 
San Francisco, California 


Salary 
$14.40 per hour; paid on a bi-weekly basis 


How to Apply

If interested please submit resume, cover letter, two letters of recommendation (from instructors, advisors or recent employers) and a copy of college transcripts to psajobs@canpt.uscourts.gov OR by mail: 


U.S. Pretrial Services Agency
Attention: D.W. Wright, PSA SF 04-14INT

450 Golden Gate Avenue, P.O. Box 36108, San Francisco, CA 94102 


Questions: (415) 436-7521


Civic Engagement Challenge Scholarship

(Submissions due May 14, 2014)

About:

The office of District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell and the OpenGov Foundation are partnering with undergraduate and graduate institutions in San Francisco to have our local residents interact with San Francisco’s laws and policies in a new way and are providing further incentive with the “Civic Engagement Challenge” scholarship opportunity.

SanFranciscoCode.org:

SanFranciscoCode.org is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-partisan implementation of The State Decoded brought to you by the folks at the OpenGov Foundation. It is part of a broader initiative to bring the laws of San Francisco to the people in more accessible, modern formats that can be used and reused to bring down the barriers to accessing, understanding and navigating the laws of San Francisco. You can read more about SF Open Law here. SanFranciscoCode.org provides a platform to display city-level legal information in a friendly, accessible, modern fashion. San Francisco is the second to municipality to deploy the software, joining Baltimore, MD, with more coming soon.

Details:

Undergraduate or graduate students at education institutions in San Francisco will use SanFranciscocode.org in order to interact with city laws to suggest policy updates to outdated city laws, or suggest new policy changes on specific policy areas that matter to them. 

The “Civic Engagement Challenge” will begin April 14th and will end on May 14th. All submissions will be submitted online via www.SanFranciscoCode.org. All submissions must be submitted before May 14th, and individuals are allowed to have up to a total of five different submissions.

Five individuals will be selected in the third week of May, and will receive $1,000 scholarships to be used towards their cost of education. The best submissions will also have the chance to see their idea or policy suggestion turned into actual law in San Francisco. Supervisor Farrell has pledged to introduce any winning idea or policy change at the Board of Supervisors that is based on good policy and is something that benefits all San Franciscans. Not all submissions are guaranteed to be introduced at the Board of Supervisors, but all submissions have equal chance of being introduced. 

Questions:

If you have any questions, please contact Supervisor Mark Farrell’s Legislative Aide, Jess Montejano, at Jess.Montejano@sfgov.org, or at 415-554-7752.

 

(Updated 5.7.14, from The Politics Newsletter)