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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more
information about this campaign internship.
City Councilmember Lynette McElhaney Summer Internships
District 3 (Downtown, West Oakland, Jack London Square, Adam’s Point, KONO/Pill
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
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
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.
● 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.
Email your cover letter and resume to email@example.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.
Policy and Research Intern
Internship Location: Oakland City Hall - Council Offices - 2nd
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 &
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:
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
Research existing policy in the city, county, state, and nation related to this
best practices and or failed policy implemented in other jurisdictions
Investigate proper implementation necessary for the proposed policy to be
Determine a set of proposed policy recommendations, naming intended outcomes,
community partners, potential externalities, and political issues related to
the potential policies
the community’s interest in proposed solutions
● Draft legislation with
appropriate review from City Staff, in alignment with state and federal law
● Have or
be currently pursuing a graduate or advanced degree in a related field.
exemplary written and verbal communication skills and be meticulously detail
● Be web
savvy, with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.
project management experience with the ability to scope this project and take
are expected to act professionally, dress appropriately, and uphold
email a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
deadline: April 25, 2014 @ 4:00 pm)
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.
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:
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.
REQUIREMENTS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
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
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.
PROGRAM TERM AND PAY
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).
will work no more than 25 hours per week, Monday – Friday during normal
program pay range for Graduate students is $16.15 per hour and $13.45 for
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.
must meet all of the requirements listed below. Applications must be completed
online from the Port of Oakland’s website at
be currently enrolled in college
grade point average of 3.0 GPA
(Submit a copy of latest transcript)
2 -3 letters of recommendation from advisor/counselor/dean
be a resident in San Francisco Bay Area during the term of internship: SF
Bay area includes nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa,
Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma
provided to residents of Alameda and Contra Costa counties)
application – all questions must be answered completely
Internship Opportunity Form with Choice Selections Ranked 1 - 3
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 @
Submit Online Application with the
following attachments: Most recent transcript, Letters of recommendation, and
Internship Opportunity form.
Apply at http://www.portofoakland.com/jobcenter
questions, please call (510) 627-1419 or email us at
Supervisor Eric Mar - Media and Communications Strategy Intern
Office of Supervisor Eric Mar is seeking and enthusiastic individual to work as
the media and communication strategy intern.
Board of Supervisors is the legislative branch of government for the
consolidated City and County government of San Francisco.
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.
You Will Learn:
- How to create a
long term social media plan and calendar.
- Assist staff
building and presenting social media strategy.
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.
opportunities in related projects.
- Education and
personal interest in communication, journalism, or other related fields
- Proficient in
Microsoft Suite Office.
with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
- Creative and
with social networking sites desired.
- Interested in
politics, governance, and social justice issues.
office greatly values the time and commitment of all interns and their time. We
will work with you to ensure you’re gaining the
apply please submit your application to Peter Lauterborn, legislative aide,
using the contact information below.
Supervisor Eric Mar, District 1
Office: (415) 554-7411
U.S. Pre-trial Services Agency Internship
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.
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.
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.
business attire (Men: shirt/tie/ dress shirt/slacks; Women: Closed-toe shoes
/nylons/skirt or suit pants/blouse) is required during work hours.
will be exposed to the federal courts, counseling/guidance and pretrial
programs in a closely allied workforce, including individuals within the law
incumbent, working on a daily basis with officers and administrative staff
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 email@example.com
OR by mail:
U.S. Pretrial Services Agency
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
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)
Peace & Justice Essay Award Competition
USF students are eligible to enter the essay competition, with any original
Development & Economic Justice
Peace & Human Rights Activists/Movements
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Award will be given at the
Politics Department Reception on May 8, 2014. We look forward to your
Summer Legal Internship/Volunteer Position: Tenderloin
Housing Clinic, Inc.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Civil litigation, Employment/Labor
Student, 3L Student, Recent Graduate (0-3 years)
Housing Clinic’s Property Management Department, 449 Turk Street, San Francisco
working in public interest and civil litigation preferred. Excellent research,
writing and analytical skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects at
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
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 http://www.centerfortransformativeeducation.org/bbipmenu.html.
To sign up, please contact Professor Oren Kroll (email@example.com).
Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) PhD
Programs at the University of Portsmouth
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
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: www.port.ac.uk/ceisr
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:
Space: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219)
Africa: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219)
Across Borders: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies (C2219)
and Gender Studies: PhD in the school of Languages and Area Studies
(C2219) or the school of Social, Historical
and Literary Studies (C2221)
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)
and Social Theory: PhD in the school of
Social, Historical and Literary Studies (C2221)
Europe: PhD in the school of Social,
Historical and Literary Studies (C2221)
and Cultural History: PhD in the school of Social, Historical and Literary
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
Your research proposal should under no circumstances exceed 1500
words and should include a 150-word abstract aimed at non-specialists in the
Tramutola Advisors Position
Campaign workers and volunteers
Francisco is facing an affordability crisis and raising the minimum wage is a
critical step toward improving the lives of hardworking San Franciscans.
sf.citi, 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 info@RaiseOurWages.com.
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!
• Research high industry growing companies in the Bay Area and
other targeted areas.
• Research veteran employment needs and/or obstacles to
• 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
• 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
• Health Coverage
award upon successful completion of service
Civic Engagement Challenge Scholarship
(Submissions due May
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
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.
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.
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
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 Jess.Montejano@sfgov.org, or at 415-554-7752.
(Updated 4.23.14, from The Politics Newsletter)