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Intern with the Office of the Mayor


The Office of the Mayor is seeking highly motivated and dynamic interns to make important contributions to the City of Berkeley.

About the Internship

Working in the Mayor's office is an excellent opportunity for those interested in city planning, public policy or communications to get 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. Issues our interns have worked on in the past for the District 4 Council Office 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.

Now, as part of the Mayor’s office, interns will play an integral role in the development of local and regional policy, write legislative items, conduct complex research projects, assist with large community events, build out our community engagement plan, and participate in the development of a robust media and social media plan.

Positions Available

While we accept applications form interns at all academic levels year round, currently we are looking for graduate-level students with expertise in the following subjects:

  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness Interns to assist in the research and development of policies that address our housing crisis and create protections for the most vulnerable.
  • Community Development Interns to help develop and execute a community engagement plan.
  • Communications Interns to increase media relations and social media presence.
  • Health and Education Interns to assist with the development of the agenda for the City of Berkeley, with an emphasis on addressing disparities and identifying points of intersection.


  • 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

To Apply

Please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample (no more than two pages) to Brandi Campbell at BCampbell@cityofberkeley.info. Submissions will be accepted until positions filled.