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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:

Graphic Design Intern

The office of Mayor Arreguin is seeking a highly motivated and a dynamic graduate or undergraduate student with expertise in graphic design for the spring term.

Under direction of the Chief of Staff, the Graphic Design intern will develop the style guide and final design template for the Vision 2050 report. Four working groups are developing white papers that will ultimately be synthesized into a single report for city staff. This position will play an integral in the design and presentation of this final deliverable.

Duties

·         Support the development of a clear and compelling report to city staff for a 30-year sustainable infrastructure plan

·         Design report template, including style guide, cover, TOC, chapter opening pages, consistent call out boxes, and infographics as needed

·         Translate summary of city plans and their key elements into at-a-glance 2-page spread

·         Develop work plan with benchmark for deliverables, and meet as needed with Chief of Staff, Chair of Vision 2050 Task Forces, and other support staff

Education Requirements

Although graduate students are preferred, undergraduate students will also be considered.  This position is best suited for those with backgrounds/experience in Graphic Design as well as Planning, Environmental Science and Studies, or Public Policy, however other disciplines such as Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Law, Communications, Marketing, Public Relations, or only experience in Graphic Design are encouraged to apply.

Requirements

·         Working knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud/Suite, particularly InDesign and Illustrator

·         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, experience in GIS and those with knowledge and/or experience in subject matter highly desirable

Time Commitment

A flexible 5-15 hours during the spring term. Business hours are 9-6pm, Monday thru Friday, and telecommuting is also available for this position.  

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and portfolio or graphic design sample to Brandi Campbell at BCampbell@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.

Community Development/Planning Intern

The office of Mayor Arreguin is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic graduate or undergraduate student for the spring term.

The Vision 2050 Community Development/Planning Intern will assist with the planning, development, facilitation and implementation of a community workshop series for the Mayor’s Vision 2050 project.  An equitable community engagement process is critical to making our city more livable, healthy and safe for all of our residents. Through Vision 2050, we are hoping to foster a larger discussion about the kind of city we hope to have in the future, and the steps we can take together today to get there.

Duties

·         Support the ongoing development of a robust and equitable community development/planning process for Vision 2050

·         Review existing community engagement efforts to date

·         Help develop a community workshop structure and series to engage multiple learners based on best planning practices

·         Help develop community engagement strategy to roll out workshop series

·         Contribute to our community outreach efforts, day-to-day and planning of events as needed

·         Attend and/or coordinate public meetings or events related to position

·         Participate in the facilitation of workshops and/or help prepare others to do facilitate

Education Requirements

Although graduate students are preferred, undergraduate students will also be considered. Positions are best suited for those with backgrounds in Planning, Community Development, Public Health, Architecture, Public Administration, and Public Policy, but anyone with experience or knowledge of community engagement processes and passion for the subject are encouraged to apply.

Requirements

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

·         Experience and/or desire to work with diverse groups of community members facilitating feedback and interest in the City’s work

·         Ability to work independently and collaboratively

·         Strong interpersonal skills

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

·         Reliable, driven and energetic

·         Masters students preferred

Time Commitment

Business hours are 9-6pm, Monday thru Friday, with occasional events during the evening or weekend, dependent on workshop schedule. A flexible 5-15 hours during the spring term. Committing to entire term is preferred.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Brandi Campbell at BCampbell@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.

 

Environmental Policy Intern

The Environmental Policy Intern will assist with the development and completion of policy related to urban agriculture, resiliency, renewable energy, green infrastructure and various other projects that are aimed at meeting our 2050 GHG emission reduction benchmarks. Duties include:

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

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

  • Attending and/or coordinating public meetings or events related to position. (Must be available some nights and weekends)

Requirements

  • Knowledge and experience with subject(s) above

  • Interest in subject matter with a desire to learn more

  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

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

  • Commitment of 10-20 hours per week (can extend into the summer or following year for those interested)

  • Masters students preferred

Please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Karina Ioffee at kioffee@cityofberkeley.info.