Department Internship Program
Seeking Interested Students for School-Year or Summer Internships
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. We are happy to comply with any requirements that allow students to receive academic credit. The Department can also provide letters of recommendation.
In late 2017, we made a short slide show of some of our past fellows and interns, view it here.
Policies and Programs
If you are passionate about the advancement of women and human rights, 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
Women's Human Rights
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 and write briefing memos on a variety of subjects, commission resolutions, reports, etc.
Prepare, organize, attend, and/or facilitate meetings with other City department staff, community partners, and/or members of the public.
Write press releases, and do public outreach about the Department
Data tracking, analysis, and evaluation
Work 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:
Current college students, college graduates, graduate students, or those with an master’s degree in relevant area are preferred
Ability to commit 20 hours/week
Ability to commit to 12 months is preferred
Familiarity with women, girls, and human rights issues preferred
Excellent research and writing skills required
Self-starter and attention to detail
Ability to prepare clear, accurate and well-organized narrative and statistical reports and other documents
Ability to effectively prioritize and organize multiple assignments and projects
Familiarity with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, database and website maintenance, newsletter publication, and social media experience required
Internship Program Details
The Department is able to accommodate two (2) graduate-level interns during the school year (September - May), and three (3) summer interns, either undergraduate or graduate-level (June - August). Interns should expect to commit 20-32 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, S, T, 6, 7, 9, 21, 47, 49, and 71. We are approximately 4 blocks from Civic Center BART.
How to Apply
Department Internship Application & Instructions_040815.pdfClick here to download the Internship Application, and submit it with the required materials by the appropriate deadline (see below).
Submit application and all supporting documents in one of the following methods:
firstname.lastname@example.org, with "DOSW Internship Application [First and Last Name]" on the subject line
Department on the Status of Women
ATTN: Internship Program
25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 240
San Francisco, CA 94102
Summer Internships (June - August)
Application Deadline: March 1
Notification Date: April 15
School-Year Internships (September - May)
Applications are accepted in an rolling basis; please contact us for more information.
Have questions? Please contact us at: 415-252-2570, or email@example.com