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Intern with the Office of the Mayor



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


The Communications/Publicity Intern will work closely with the Director of Communications to track press mentions, assist with blogs, press releases, website content, monthly newsletter and other communications materials. The intern will also have a chance to participate in community events held to engage the community.


  • Excellent writing, editing and research skills
  • Proactive person brimming with ideas for how to reach and engage with Berkeley residents, someone who is willing to jump in and assist on whatever is needed
  • Interest in politics and news
  • Excellent communicator who can communicate clearly and is not afraid to speak up or give opinion when asked
  • Ability to prioritize workflow and meet deadlines in a fast paced environment

Please send short cover letter outlining your interest in the Berkeley Mayor's office, resume and 2 short writing samples to Karina Ioffee at kioffee@cityofberkeley.info


Environmental Policy

The Environmental 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)


  • 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.