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Intern with the Office of the Mayor

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About the Internship

Working in the Mayor's office is an excellent opportunity for those interested in political communications, city planning or public policy to get firsthand experience in a fast-paced governmental office, while directly improving the lives of Berkeley residents.

We are seeking dynamic and motivated interns who passionate about good governance and have ideas. Our office is an open and collaborative place, and it is just as important to us to help you grow professionally as it is to ensure solid deliverables. Issues our interns have worked on have become city law. Most recently, interns developed economic policies, green building standards, amendments to the zoning ordinance to include urban agriculture, and detailed research and reports on homelessness.

 

Positions Available:

Communications and Outreach intern will work closely with our Director of Communications to assist with the execution and refinement of our communications strategy and press plan, manage social media and website, use Hootsuite to report on analytics, track press clips, assist with public events and press conferences, maintain community events calendar, develop op-eds, statements and our monthly newsletter, and assist with constituent services.

Education intern will lead a qualitative and quantitative analysis of current programs in Berkeley serving pre-K thru 12, assist with Vision 2020 and Berkeley Promise Leadership meetings, related working group tasks and management, and overall support.

Housing Intern will assist with the work, related research and of development at North Berkeley and Ashby BART as well as the Adeline Corridor Plan and policies that advance housing affordability.

Social Justice and Equity Intern will assist with the work, related research and working group management of the Stop Data and Impartial Policing and Sanctuary City Task Forces as well as the Mayor’s Responsible and Public Banking initiatives, and continue with the research and management of equity and social justice research projects.

Environment, Planning and Infrastructure Intern will assist in implementation and community engagement strategy for Vision 2050, the development of a community open space stewardship program, Vision Zero and Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety, and assist with research, analysis and policy development to address our climate emergency

Duties

  • Support the development of policy and mayoral plans through research, analysis, report and memo writing, and legislation drafting.

  • Contribute to our community outreach efforts, day-to-day constituent services and planning of events as needed.

  • Attend and/or coordinate public meetings or events related to position.

Education Requirements

Although graduate students are preferred, undergraduate students will also be considered.  Positions are best suited for those with backgrounds in Planning, Political Science, Social Science, Public Administration, Law, Public Affairs, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, Public Policy, Economics, and Health, but all who are interested in gaining local government experience are encouraged to apply.

Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience with subject(s) above, with a desire to learn more

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and interpersonal skills

  • Proven ability to generate research reports and memos as well as other correspondence

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

  • Ability to prioritize workflow and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment

  • Reliable, punctual, driven and energetic

  • Masters students preferred

Time Commitment

Business hours are 9-6pm, Monday thru Friday, with occasional events during the evening or weekend. 12-20 hours during fall and spring terms. Committing to entire academic year is preferred.

About the Internship

Working in the Mayor's office is an excellent opportunity to gain firsthand experience in a fast-paced governmental office, while directly improving the lives of Berkeley residents.

Our office is an open and collaborative place, and it is just as important to us to help you grow professionally as it is to ensure solid deliverables. Many of the issues our interns have worked on in the past have become city law. Most recently, interns developed economic policies, green building standards, amendments to the zoning ordinance to include urban agriculture, and detailed research and reports on homelessness. As part of the Mayor’s office, interns will play an integral role in the development of local and regional policy.

Although internships with the Mayor’s Office are unpaid, there are numerous benefits working for the Mayor’s Office:

  • Develop desired skillsets such as becoming an expert on a topic within your chosen field, contributing to plans and policies that will be implemented, understanding the legislative process, designing outreach materials, facilitating events, managing social media and marketing efforts, and building your resume.

  • Apply academic skills in a workplace setting

  • Build your resume and explore a potential career path

  • Expand your network in fields of interest

  • Fulfill college/university internship requirements

About the Office of Mayor Arreguin

Jesse Arreguin was sworn in as Berkeley’s first Latino Mayor on December 1, 2016 after serving as the District 4 Councilmember for eight years. His office is dedicated to addressing issues of affordability, sustainability, and equity both locally and regionally. To learn more visit www.jessearreguin.com.

To Apply

Apply by Friday, September 20th.

Please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample (no more than two pages) to Tano Trachtenberg at ttrachtenberg@cityofberkeley.info. The cover letter is an opportunity to describe career and academic goals, to elaborate upon personal and academic accomplishments, to share areas of interest that relate to the internship and/or to identify what type of internship experience is being sought. Please include GPA and preferred start and end dates, as well if you will be receiving academic credit for the internship. Submissions will be accepted until positions filled.