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!


Alison Lundergan Grimes Senate Campaign Internship (Kentucky)

Contact for more information about this campaign internship.

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.


● 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. 


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 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


● 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 


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 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.

Port of Oakland Social Responsibility Division Summer Internship

(Application deadline: April 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm)


For over 16 years, the Port of Oakland has provided summer jobs, work experience and exposure to careers for hundreds of students through its Summer Internship Program. An internship can be a student’s very first job or a stepping stone in a career path that can help open up doors and opportunities for the future.


The overall aim of the College Internship Program is to provide a professional work experience to both undergraduate and graduate college students pursuing careers in Maritime, Aviation, Commercial Real Estate, Engineering, Finance, Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility and other areas of business. The College Internship Program aims to engage high caliber students and recent graduates in an effort to:

            - Gain substantive professional experience as well as exposure to critical issues pertaining to Port of Oakland operations;

            - Develop a comprehensive perspective on the Port of Oakland’s mission and service delivery at the local, national and international levels.

            - Receive networking, personal and professional development opportunities, including opportunities to meet with Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners and senior management as well as the organization’s key external stakeholders.


Based on a competitive selection process, successful applicants will begin internship assignments on June 16, 2014 and end on August 15, 2014. (On a case by case basis, consideration will be given to students needing to return to school earlier or wanting to extend their internship). Required workshops, meetings, trainings and activities will be part of the internship program.



College or Graduate students will be selected through a competitive process; a total of sixteen (16) students will be selected for the 2014 College Internship Program. Port Departments request students with specific skills and knowledge areas, or students who have a strong interest or are majoring in specific fields. The Port will base selection on meeting program and department requirements and the results of an oral interview. Those interns selected will be matched with a specific department where they will work on advancing critical projects or assignments.


The College Internship Program is a 9-week paid internship opportunity designed to provide exposure to professional careers, obtain work experience and develop work habits and communication skills that can be helpful in shaping future career interests. The types of duties interns will perform may vary from managing a project to analytical, work that will require some technical tasks and/or field work that may require specific proficiencies, writing abilities and/or particular computer skills. The varied skills and expertise of Port staff offer interns an opportunity to gain insight into a variety of fields including, but not limited to, engineering, aviation, maritime, real estate, social responsibility, media, governmental affairs, legal and security.


The term of the College Internship Program is 9-weeks. The Program starts on Monday, June 16, 2014 and ends on Friday, August 15, 2014. Intern assignments are located at either the Port Administration Building, 530 Water Street (Oakland’s Jack London Square), the Oakland International Airport (East Oakland) or the Port Maritime at Harbor Facilities (651 Maritime Street).

Interns will work no more than 25 hours per week, Monday – Friday during normal business hours.

The program pay range for Graduate students is $16.15 per hour and $13.45 for Undergraduate students.


The intern’s department manager for his/his designee will be required to work closely with the intern and evaluate the student’s work performance at the end of the internship. Interns will be required to attend required workshops and trainings to supplement their intern experience.


Applicants must meet all of the requirements listed below. Applications must be completed online from the Port of Oakland’s website at

            Must be currently enrolled in college

            Minimum grade point average of 3.0 GPA 
(Submit a copy of latest transcript)

            Submit 2 -3 letters of recommendation from advisor/counselor/dean

            Must be a resident in San Francisco Bay Area during the term of internship: SF Bay area includes nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa,
San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma
(Preference provided to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties)

            Completed application – all questions must be answered completely

            Submit Internship Opportunity Form with Choice Selections Ranked 1 - 3

            Oral Interview will be scheduled for applicants that meet all requirements of 
the internship program 
Students who are selected must pass a Port medical examination. Those that are assigned to the Oakland International Airport may be required to complete and pass a background check, which will include fingerprinting and a Criminal History Records Check (CHRS) prior to being considered for employment at the Port of Oakland. 
The final candidates are recommended to the Executive Director for final approval. 

APPLICATION DUE DATE: April 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

Submit Online Application with the following attachments: Most recent transcript, Letters of recommendation, and Internship Opportunity form.

Apply at 
For questions, please call (510) 627-1419 or email us at

Office of Supervisor Eric Mar - Media and Communications Strategy Intern

The Office of Supervisor Eric Mar is seeking and enthusiastic individual to work as the media and communication strategy intern.

The Board of Supervisors is the legislative branch of government for the consolidated City and County government of San Francisco.

Eric Mar represents District 1 on the Board of Supervisors, which includes the Richmond District in northwestern San Francisco. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee and of the neighborhood Services and Safety Committee and as Chair of the Transportation Authority Plans and programs Committee.

What You Will Learn:

  • How to create a long term social media plan and calendar.
  • Assist staff building and presenting social media strategy.  
  • Development of monthly newsletters, including photography and content development.
  • Advise in maintaining a presence in social media.
  • Aide in the development of media relations and related content.
  • Additional opportunities in related projects.

What We Require:

  • Education and personal interest in communication, journalism, or other related fields
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite Office.
  • Organized, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
  • Creative and flexible.
  • Familiarity with social networking sites desired.
  • Interested in politics, governance, and social justice issues.

The office greatly values the time and commitment of all interns and their time. We will work with you to ensure you’re gaining the


To apply please submit your application to Peter Lauterborn, legislative aide, using the contact information below.

Peter Lauterborn
Legislative Aide
Supervisor Eric Mar, District 1
Office: (415) 554-7411

U.S. Pre-trial Services Agency Internship

(Deadline: April 25, 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.


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.


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

San Francisco, California 

$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 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

The Fund for the Public Interest Summer Job

Impact issues that matter this summer with the Fund! 

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that works to build support for progressive organizations across the country. We run campaigns for the Human Rights Campaign, USPIRG, and Environment America. This summer we will be in over 50 cities, working and lobbying to help win environmental and social justice campaigns. Last summer our staff helped stop toxic gas drilling, worked to end subsidies for junk food, and built support for equal rights for all Americans- all while building valuable leadership skills. Currently, we have paid positions open on our campaign staff in each of our locations.

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, and educate and activate 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.

We will be holding information sessions and interviews at The University of San Francisco on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 4/7-4/9 at 10, 2, 4, and 6.

Click here to Apply, or call 1-800-75-EARTH (753-2784)

Ralph Lane Peace & Justice Essay Award Competition 

Current USF students are eligible to enter the essay competition, with any original work on: 

- Human Rights

- Nonviolence

- Development & Economic Justice

- Conflict resolution

- Environmental Protection

- Peace & Human Rights Activists/Movements

Essay submissions must be between 10-25 pages, double-spaced. Best essay will garner a $300 cash prize and publication in Peace Review, an international journal of social justice edited at USF.

Submissions are due May 5, 2014 by 12:00pm noon to Professor Robert Elias ( Award will be given at the Politics Department Reception on May 8, 2014. We look forward to your submissions! 

Summer Legal Internship/Volunteer Position: Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Inc.

Job Description and Background
Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s (THC) Property Management Department was developed to expand and improve the City's low cost housing stock. THC provides affordable supportive housing in San Francisco to over 1,500 formerly homeless tenants in 16 master leased properties residing in the Tenderloin, Mission, Union Square, and South of Market (SOMA) neighborhoods. Additionally, THC owns and operates the Galvin Apartments, a building in SOMA, designed for tenants transitioning out of Single Room Occupancy Hotels (SROs).

With over 150 employees, the Property Management Department is the largest department at THC, and is dedicated to providing high quality property management services within the supportive housing model.

THC’s Property Management Attorney is seeking an attorney or legal intern who is interested in gaining practical experience representing a non-profit housing provider as in-house counsel, and learning an approach toward eviction that is more compassionate, creative and collaborative than adversarial.

The position will provide support in the areas of legal research, drafting unlawful detainers and related documents, trial preparation, settlement conference preparation and negotiation if qualified. The position may also include policy revision and implementation. The Property Management Attorney aims to provide the applicant with practical and diverse experience.

Practice Area(s)

Landlord/Tenant, Civil litigation, Employment/Labor

Desired Class Level(s)

2L Day Student, 3L Student, Recent Graduate (0-3 years)


Tenderloin Housing Clinic’s Property Management Department, 449 Turk Street, San Francisco

Experience working in public interest and civil litigation preferred. Excellent research, writing and analytical skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects at once.
Ability to work independently and strategically.
Eagerness to learn and improve procedures to increase housing retention.

This position is unpaid. School credit is available if requested.

Beyond Bridge: Israel-Palestine Summer Program

Beyond Bridges: Israel-Palestine summer program takes university students to the Middle East on a journey of comparative conflict analysis and conflict transformation. Combining rigorous academics and practical hands-on training, this study abroad course allows students to explore questions at the core of all conflicts. The program dates are July 1-22, 2014.

For more information visit To sign up, please contact Professor Oren Kroll (

Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) PhD Programs at the University of Portsmouth

(Application Deadline: April 30, 2014)

The Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) at the University of Portsmouth is offering fees-only studentships, available for a three-year period (full-time) or a five-year period (part-time) of doctoral study commencing in September 2014. The Centre welcomes applications from students wishing to work on projects in any of the areas indicated below.

Please note that these awards will not cover maintenance costs. However, students will be entitled to financial support for conference attendance and paid part-time teaching hourswhere practically possible will be made available but this cannot be guaranteed. For further details on the Centre, staff expertise and research specialisms please see:

How to apply:

Candidates should apply using the standard University of Portsmouth Postgraduate Application form – you can either use our online application form or print the paper application form below:

       Postgraduate Application Form (.pdf)

       Postgraduate Reference Request Sheet (.pdf)

When completing the online application form please ensure that you select the correct course (and associated code) and indicated below:

Cohabited Space: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219)

Francophone Africa: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219)

Language Across Borders: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219)

Women’s and Gender Studies: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219) or the school of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (C2221)

International Development and Security Studies Issues: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219) or the school of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (C2221) 

Sociology and Social Theory: PhD in the school of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (C2221)

Transnational Europe:  PhD in the school of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (C2221)

Social and Cultural History: PhD in the school of Social, Historical and Literary Studies (C2221)

If using the online application form you can upload all your supporting documents to the application form - please remember to include your CV, copies of your qualifications and references.

If using the paper application form please send your completed application form and coversheet to the address below, together with your Curriculum Vitae, copies (not originals) of your highest qualifications, degree level and above', two academic references (your referees can also send the references separately to us).

Your research proposal should under no circumstances exceed 1500 words and should include a 150-word abstract aimed at non-specialists in the field.

Tramutola Advisors Position

Campaign workers and volunteers wanted:

San Francisco is facing an affordability crisis and raising the minimum wage is a critical step toward improving the lives of hardworking San Franciscans., the San Francisco Police Officers Association and San Francisco Firefighters have begun a campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Francisco. If you would like to donate some time, or are looking for a paid position on the campaign staff, please send a cover letter and a resume to  

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer 2014-2015 Applications

(Click here for more information)

Swords to Plowshares is seeking AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers for 2014/2015 for our Institute for Veteran Policy (IVP) volunteer positions. The primary duties are research and community outreach, all to help IVP formulate policy based on experience and research findings.

The VISTA volunteers will work closely with IVP staff to develop and implement our veteran employment initiative to advance veteran employment opportunities in the Bay Area and throughout California.

The service areas are community and economic development and community outreach. We are looking for applicants with skills in public speaking , data analysis, writing/editing, community organization, recruitment, and communications. Veterans are highly encouraged to apply!

Job Duties:

• Research high industry growing companies in the Bay Area and other targeted areas.

• Research veteran employment needs and/or obstacles to employment.

• Perform and track outreach to employers, veterans and employment service providers.

• Research veteran related networking events, such as university vet clubs, vet groups, and social networking groups.

• Develop recruitment strategies for both employers and returning veterans.

• Ability to write reports summarizing research, outreach materials, fact sheets and other project collateral.

• Ability to work in a team environment and perform work independently. 


• Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend

• Living Allowance

• Childcare assistance if eligible

• Relocation Allowance

• Training

• Health Coverage

• Education award upon successful completion of service 

Civic Engagement Challenge Scholarship

(Submissions due May 14, 2014)


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. 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. 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.


Undergraduate or graduate students at education institutions in San Francisco will use 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 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. 


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


(Updated 4.23.14, from The Politics Newsletter)