2021 Internship Opportunities

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OCA Sacramento is joining with Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s office to recruit highly qualified candidates for internship opportunities.  The Mayor’s office is looking for people who are passionate about public service and willing to fulfill a variety of duties and responsibilities.  These include local policy issues, like homelessness, youth issues, economic development, arts and culture, and other issues.

 

While the internship is unpaid, the rewards are innumerable.  The successful candidate will learn so much about the workings of an elected member’s office, and have the opportunity to work closely with the Mayor and his staff.  

 

OCA Sacramento will interview the initial applicants and pass along to the Mayor’s office three highly qualified people for them to make the final decision.

 

Read the following internship position descriptions carefully before applying. All positions will require the same general application material (resume and 1 writing sample response).

Deadline to apply is February 20, 2021

 

Internship Descriptions

OFFICE OF MAYOR DARRELL STEINBERG INTERNSHIP PROGRAM POLICY RESEARCH INTERN

 

Desired length of Internship: 6 months minimum 

Schedule: M-F, 2-3 days a week, 3 hours each shift – must maintain a consistent schedule

Reports to: Dependent on needs of office – would be assigned to a staffer on a specific project

 

Duties:

  • Work with project lead on defining the scope of the project and developing clear milestones and goals for research, and meet weekly to track progress

  • Conduct research on the assigned project, synthesize findings, and present conclusions and recommendations both orally and in writing. Research should utilize a broad array of methods and sources of information, including conducting internet research, reading published reports and other documents, and talking with key individuals and organizations in order to develop a thorough, in-depth understanding of the issues.

  • Draft interim and final reports or other written materials to brief senior staff on research

  • Present findings and answer key questions for senior staff

  • Assist senior staff in preparing for meetings with stakeholders

  • Assist, as necessary, project lead with grant applications or other necessary documents.

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Enrolled in university or community college

  • Must have a specific interest in housing or transportation policy, public policy development, community development, local governance, finance, economic development, or infrastructure management

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite, specifically MS Excel and MS Word

  • Understand basic research methodology and documentation

  • Written response must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills. (Submit one Policy Research Writing Sample on the application).

  • Prioritize work effectively to meet deadlines both personal and external

Students who complete this internship should be able to:

  • Describe the main priorities of the Office of Mayor Darrell Steinberg

  • Display a thorough understanding of the policy issues connected with their research topic

  • Improve public speaking skills and interacting with others in a professional and courteous manner

  • Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities

OFFICE OF MAYOR DARRELL STEINBERG UNIVERSITY INTERNSHIP PROGRAM COLLEGE COMMUNICATIONS INTERN

 

Desired length of Internship: Minimum of 6 months 
Schedule: 2-3 days a week, 4 hour shifts. Occasionally weekend or evening work will be required


Reports to: MOCE / Communications Director

 

Duties:

 

  • Develop, research and write posts for http://engagesac.org by working with MOCE team and Communications Director

  • Work with City IT Department to keep the Mayor’s City of Sacramento page up to date

  • Manage incoming questions from social media and aggregating them for formal responses either from the Mayor or from staff

  • Maintain the Office of Civic Engagement YouTube channel

  • Work with Director of Constituent services to respond directly to inquiries on social media regarding requests for City services

  • Process and edit videos and photos for general use by the office as well as maintain existing digital warehouse of images and videos for the office in a clear and easily accessible way

  • If applicant has Spanish language skills: Assist with the translation of existing blog posts into Spanish

  • Assist the communications director with incoming calls and press conference briefings

  • Other duties as assigned

 

Minimum Qualifications & Requirements:

 

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Enrolled in community college or university

  • Proficient in MS Office Suite

  • Some background with web design platforms, photo and video editing software, and various social media platforms

  • Must have specific interest in one or more of the following areas: journalism, public relations, communications, advertising, writing professionally, web design, and graphic design

  • Written response on application, must demonstrate strong writing and analytical skills. (Submit one Communications Intern Writing Sample on the application).

  • Spanish language skills a plus but not required

 

Students who complete this internship should be able to:
 

  • Prioritize work effectively to meet deadlines both personal and external

  • Develop strong user skills of MS Outlook, media platforms and basic web design

  • Improve journalistic writing skills and research skills

  • Improve public speaking skills and interacting with others in a professional and courteous manner

  • Create strong networking connections for future career opportunities, build a record of work experience, and explore career opportunities