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Seeking Interested Students for School-Year or Summer Internships



Deadline to apply: July 31, 2014




The Department is happy to support the development of future policy makers by accepting undergraduate summer interns and graduate-level school-year interns.



Benefits of an Internship with the Department


We are a small department, meaning that there are many opportunities for an intern to get real, hands-on experience with our policy and programmatic work. Though some administrative tasks would be required, we can offer more than just filing and photocopying. Interns will get a sense of what it means to be a part of City government.



An internship with the Department will provide you with valuable government and policy experience, a chance to meet senior City officials, and the opportunity to network and make contacts for future jobs. Though we are unable to offer a stipend to interns, we are happy to comply with any requirements that allow students to receive academic credit. The Department can also provide letters of recommendation.



Policies and Programs


If you are passionate about the advancement of women, this is the place to be. The Department is on the cutting edge of women's policy. Browse our website to learn about the Department's many programs, such as our groundbreaking and internationally-recognized work advancing the human rights of women, the local implementation of the Women's Human Rights Ordinance (CEDAW), our violence prevention and intervention initiatives, and much more.


Interns will be assigned a primary policy area, with the majority of projects addressing that issue. However, interns will also have the opportunity to learn about and assist with projects in all the policy areas of the Department. Interns should specify what area(s) of interest they would prefer to work on during an internship with the Department:

  • Gender Equality in the Workplace
  • Anti-Human Trafficking
  • Violence Against Women – City and Criminal Justice Response
  • Data Gathering and Report Writing

Examples of Possible Activities and Tasks


Whatever policy or program area assigned, an intern will likely carry out many of the following tasks:

  • Research for and writing of briefing memos on a variety of subjects, commission resolutions, reports, etc.
  • Preparing for, attending, and/or facilitating meetings with other City department staff, community partners, and/or members of the public
  • Organizing events, such as community meetings, town halls, forums, etc.
  • Writing press releases, and outreaching to the public about the Department
  • Data tracking, analysis, and evaluation
  • Working directly with Commissioners on special projects
  • Office and departmental administration, budget and performance measure preparation, etc.
  • Website and social media management

This is only a partial list. The Department is interested in giving interns a chance to learn new skills, as well as to utilize skills interns already possess. We are willing to work with interns to develop work plans that meet the needs of both the Department and the intern. Have a project idea? Let us know!



Who Should Apply?


Though any interested student is welcome to apply, an internship with the Department may be most relevant to students in the following educational tracks:

  • Social Work
  • Public Policy
  • Public Administration
  • Women's Studies
  • Government
  • Public Health

Internship Program Details


Internships are unpaid. The Department is able to accommodate 2 graduate-level interns during the school year (September - May), and 3 summer interns, either undergraduate or graduate-level (June - August). Interns should expect to commit 20-30 hours per week, depending on scheduling and academic requirements. The Department will provide an in-office workspace, though it may be shared with other interns. Our standard office hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Specific start and end dates, as well as work schedules, will be determined with the selected intern.




The Department is located at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240, San Francisco, CA 94102. We are accessible by numerous lines of public transportation, including Muni lines F, J, K, L, M, N, 6, 7, 9, 21, 47, 49, and 71. We are approximately 4 blocks from Civic Center BART.



How to Apply


Download a copy of the Internship Application (pdf), and submit it with the required materials by the appropriate deadline (see below).



Summer Internships (June - August)

Application Deadline: March 1

Notification Date: April 15



School-Year Internships (September - May)

Application Deadline: April 1

Notification Date: May 15



If you have questions about our Internship Program, or to submit application materials, contact:


Department on the Status of Women

Attn: Internship Program

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240

San Francisco, CA 94102

415-252-2570 |



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