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!


Bay Area Democrats Internships


Bay Area Democrats
In addition to building the organization itself, Bay Area Dems work on independent political research projects as well as coalition activities involving the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Finance Council, the Democratic National Committee, and several progressive organizations. They’re getting their infrastructure in place for the 2016 election cycle, and will be deeply involved in the Presidential race and supporting Democratic candidates at all levels of government. There are a number of positions available:

  1. Events Coordinator
    The Events Coordinator will be responsible for planning, executing, and staffing events such as fundraisers, meetings with elected officials, and policy roundtable discussions. Tasks include managing invitations and RSVPs, coordinating logistics with staff members of other offices and organizations, preparing meeting materials, and conducting appropriate follow-up with attendees. The Events Coordinator will also be in charge of designing and drafting invitations tailored to the specific event, and work with the social media team on outreach. This position is excellent for acquiring skills at coalition and relationship building with other organizations.
  2. Social Media Manager
    The Social Media Manager will be in charge of developing and implementing the company’s social media strategy. Administration includes sharing and creating relevant content, growing awareness of our organization, and identifying and engaging potential supporters and current members. Familiarity with using various social media platforms is preferred (Facebook, Twitter, and Google+). Strong written skills are a must. In addition, the Social Media team will offer political commentary and analysis through blogging, online newsletters and targeted emails. 
  3. Website Content Manager
    Create and manage the development of a new Bay Area Democrats website. Programming and coding skills are not required at all (although it can be beneficial). Key project tasks involve writing and organizing the content that will ultimately be placed on the new website. An artistic eye for design and aesthetics is preferred. Familiarity with Google Apps is a bonus.
  4. Database Administrator
    This individual will be responsible for compiling and organizing various sources of data to be exported and inputted into a Salesforce database. Strong organization skills and attention to detail are required. Level of data management responsibilities is dependent on the candidate’s experience and understanding of database design, setup, configuration management, and automation of workflow rules. Salesforce training will be provided for candidates that demonstrate an ability to quickly learn and adapt to new technologies. Successful interns will acquire Salesforce and database management experience, which are particularly sought-after skills in nonprofit and political organizations.
  5. Office Administrator
    The office admin is the heart of any organization. While routine administrative and clerical tasks are part of this position, we are looking for an administrator who can work alongside management to design and execute the processes that will dictate how projects get done. Other responsibilities include drafting memos and evaluating work plans. This individual must be highly organized, efficient, and able to find logical paths to align short and long-term goals. The skills obtained from this position are critical for future managers.

Send cover letters, resumes and questions to
Interns are encouraged to collaborate and work in multiple areas based on their interest and ability to successfully manage their core projects. Their goal is for interns learn a well-rounded skill set that is impressive and usable in multiple settings.


SF Tenants Union, Tenant Rights Workshop Program Internship

WHAT? A first of its kind project in San Francisco, the Tenant Bootcamps are  a neighborhood-by-neighborhood effort to empower renters to stand up to speculators and prevent displacement. Starting in May, these bootcamp trainings will be once-a-week in neighborhoods throughout District 5, and if the launch is successful, the plan is to expand to other parts of the city. At a time when evictions are soaring and displacement is epidemic, organizing on a local level has never been more important.

Candidates are:

· Passionate about creating lasting social change

· Dedicated to fighting for tenants' rights

· Personable, outgoing, and detail-oriented

The role:

As Organizing Intern, you would be the face of our campaign as we spread the word throughout the City. The position involves:

· Personal outreach to tenants

· Event planning for the weekly meetings

· Data organization to support the tenants' rights movement

· Volunteer outreach, recruitment, & management

Interns will gain skills in:

· Public outreach

· Event planning

· Campaign organizing

· Non-profit & campaign field outreach

Time commitment: 15 hours / week

Compensation: The position is unpaid but there is potential to work on other campaigns this summer & next year.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Organizing Director Devin Silvernail at


New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) Community Organizer Position in Jackson Heights, Queens, NY

(Application Deadline: May 1, 2015)


New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE) is a community-based organization in Jackson Heights, Queens dedicated to immigrant workers rights. We organize newly arrived immigrants, primarily day laborers and domestic workers and together we engage in community organizing, grassroots advocacy and leadership development to advance the rights of workers. Our campaigns focus on immigrant workers rights and consumer rights.


The ideal candidate is a passionate, skilled and creative organizer; bilingual and bicultural; a selfstarter and great team player who works effectively independently and as part of a team, with a long-term commitment to the social justice movement.




- Conduct outreach to, and recruit new, members through street outreach at day labor corners in Queens


- Develop the leadership of members, including:


·       Recruit community members to participate NICE campaigns and activities


·       Build 1-on-1 relationships with member leaders


·       Develop and implement leadership goals, plans, and accountability


·       Support and organize member leaders to participate and lead campaigns


·       Conduct political education, know your rights workshops and organize community-building events


- Work collaboratively with members, staff and allies to identify and help develop workers’ rights campaigns


- Facilitate and/or support member-led facilitation of campaign meetings and committees.


- Plan and implement direct actions, public protests, press conferences, etc. for assigned campaigns


- Actively participate in NICE organizational campaigns, activities, and strategy discussions


- Support NICE’s wage theft (or wage and hour) clinic and other service provision to the community


- Conduct workers rights consultations with workers experiencing wage theft and other labor violations


- Contribute to the organizations’ communications work by drafting stories to share with reporters, post on website, social media, etc.  Prepare member leaders to talk to the press.


- Help to build alliances with labor, community, faith, and other partners


- Supervise and train graduate and/or college interns and/or volunteers to support organizing work


- Maintain and keep current records of worker members and allies in database




- A passion for social and economic justice and a strong commitment to organizing and the empowerment of low-income immigrant communities.


- Familiarity with needs and issues facing low wage immigrant communities


- Familiarity with workers centers and the current landscape of labor organizing in the U.S. preferred.


- 2-3 years of community or labor organizing experience preferred.


- Familiarity with, or willingness to learn, popular education and other leadership development practices


- Spanish and English oral and written fluency is required. Please do not apply if you are not fully bilingual


- Must be willing to work flexible hours, including many evenings and weekends.


- Strong interpersonal and communication skills


Please send your cover letter and application to Jessica Garcia, Director of Organizing and Programs at and write “NICE Community Organizer” in the subject line headline.


Submit by Friday, May 1st.


Riley Center Community Office Program Manager


This leadership position is responsible for the supervision, management and development of Riley Center’s Community Office, which offers non-residential domestic violence services to survivors of domestic violence. This will include ongoing program observation, project planning and supervision. This staff person will also manage requests from the community for education presentations and attend meetings in the community. The CO Program Manager’s work with other SVDP programs and outside domestic violence related service agencies is key to developing the relationships that will further enhance services available to all survivors of domestic violence, including immigrant, women of color, LGBTQQI, and other marginalized communities. This position also provides support for the volunteer program, drop-in services, Riley Center events and the Program Director as needed.


Title: Community Office Program Manager

Location: Riley Center’s Community Office, 1175 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours per week, Mon – Fri with occasional evenings and weekends for presentations/events

Supervisor: Program Director

Salary/Benefits: DOE, full medical (Kaiser), exempt position (non-union)




·       Provide onsite support and supervision for Riley Center’s Community Office.

·       Supervision of Community Office Case Managers.

·       Ongoing program development of the Community Office.

·       Community outreach.

·       Deliver presentations and attend meetings to represent the Riley Center in support of the Program Director and as needed.

·       Coordinate special projects, including agency library of resources, books, videos, & training manuals.

·       Participate in Riley Center team management meetings, trainings and in-services as appropriate.

·       Assist with direct client services as needed: answer crisis calls; offer counseling, advocacy, information & referrals to drop-in clients; provide office coverage.

·       Support government contract management as needed.

·       Perform other duties as assigned and participate in on-going cross training to perform duties in other departments of the agency as needed.




·       BA degree in social service or similar field.  In lieu of degree 4 years equivalent work

·       experience will be accepted.

·       2-5 years program planning, community organizing or related experience.

·       Strong public speaking and training experience/skills.

·       At least 1 year leadership experience.

·       At least 1 year experience with event planning.

·       Experience with domestic violence issues/dynamics (personal, educational, &/or professional), especially in context to race, class, gender, and sexual identity.  

·       Strong social perception skills using active listening to work on understanding other people.

·       Knowledgeable in an administrative role and ability to organize and maintain accurate records.

·       Ability to develop goals, plan, organize and prioritize work.

·       Excellent verbal, reading and written communication skills in English.

·       Ability to think critically and resolve problems.

·       Computer software skills including data entry, Excel and Word processing.

·       Ability to maintain constructive and cooperative working relationships.

·       Professional demeanor and appearance.

·       Knowledge, experience and comfort working with a diverse community, including LGBTQQ, youth, immigrant, low income communities and communities of color.

·       Ability to move seamlessly between being a team player and working independently while being flexible in a quickly changing environment.

·       Commitment to the mission of St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco.

·       Valid Driver's License needed


The St. Vincent de Paul Society of San Francisco, Riley Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Send resumes to: Lois Dutton, 1237 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

Email:   Fax: 415-977-1271 


Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi Staff Assistant in DC


Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi seeks passionate, positive and professional Staff Assistant for her Congressional Office in the Cannon Building in Washington, D.C. Responsibilities include serving as the welcoming face of the office; answering hundreds of phone calls in a pleasant and efficient manner; coordinating tour requests for visiting San Franciscans; and general office support. Ideal candidate will be an enthusiastic self-starter with keen attention to detail; thrives in fast paced, high pressure environments; and possesses excellent & succinct communication skills. A strong work ethic, patience and the ability to work long hours are a must. Experience on Capitol Hill and knowledge of Members of the Democratic Caucus is a plus. Strong ties to Northern California , especially San Francisco, are preferred but not required. Office is an is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly values the diversity of its employees. To apply, send cover letter and one-page resume to


Fund for the Public Interest – Environment CA Campaign

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for social change organizations across the country. In the Bay Area this summer it is partnering with Environment California on their campaign to save California’s plastic bag ban.

For decades plastic trash has been polluting the Pacific and killing thousands of birds, marine mammals and sea turtles. We helped California become the first state to ban single-use plastic grocery bags, but now big out-of-state plastic companies are spending millions to repeal the ban before it takes effect. This summer we will raise awareness on the upcoming ballot measure through media and by having one-on-one conversations with thousands of Californians.

Currently, paid positions are open on our campaign staff in our location in El Cerrito. We require that interested candidates are hard workers and have excellent communication skills.

As a member of our staff, you will fundraise, build membership for our partner groups, educating and activating citizens on pressing issues.  You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations.  While on staff, you gain knowledge of pressing concerns our country is facing, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

Earn on average $4000-$6000 this summer, working for something you believe in!

To find out more, call 510-412-1055, or visit the website.


Oakland Mayor’s Office Summer 2015 Internship

(Application Deadline: May 22, 2015)

The Mayor’s office welcomes intern candidates of various backgrounds a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about City government. Those selected will work closely with Mayor staff on a variety of tasks which may involve policy research and development, drafting memoranda and briefs, community engagement, outreach and education, administrative tasks, and research and analysis. Placement assignments are made based on a combination of factors including the needs of the Mayor's Office and the intern's skill set and expressed interests. 

Application Process
In order to process your internship application, please submit all the materials listed below in one package.  Only complete application packages will be accepted for consideration.

  • Completed (attached)  
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (one page maximum)

Applications are processed within two weeks of the deadline, Friday, May 22nd.


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.

Updated May 18, 2015 from the Politics Department Newsletter.