Descriptions of Offices Under the Mayor

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The Mayor’s Office of the Chief Data Officer is responsible for managing the City’s open data program as well as supporting the effective use of data in city government and operations. You can check out our strategic plan at Our office functions like a small startup in City government. We love to move fast but thoughtfully and we expect all team members to jump in, get their hands dirty, and have fun (good sense of humor a big plus ;-).

The Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation utilizes government as a platform for innovation. MOCI works closely with San Francisco residents and local creative and tech-minded communities to collectively design solutions and new approaches to long-standing challenges. MOCI has three strategic focus areas: economic development, citizen engagement, and government efficiency. To learn more, visit

 The Mayor’s Office of Communications carries the voice of the Mayor to the media, to community leaders, and to the general public, through various media and communications outlets.

Intern Duties Include:

  • Answering phones, taking detailed messages.
  • Preparing daily news clips for the Mayor and staff.
  • Internet-based research and word processing.
  • Writing news releases, background pieces, advisories, fact sheets and other news-related information, as well as flyers and other written materials.
  • Initiating contact with and respond to inquiries from print, radio and television journalists.
  • Assisting Communications staff with logistics during press events.


  • Excellent verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated superior writing skills including experience writing Op-Eds, press releases, fact sheets and other media related materials.
  • Strong inter-personal skills.

The Mayor’s Office of Education is under direct supervision of the Mayor’s Education Advisor who serves as the liaison to the San Francisco school district. The primary responsibility of the Office of Education is to serve as a bridge between the city and the school district and work primarily to provide support in action, funding, and services. The Mayor’s Education Advisor provides opportunities for the Mayor to be engaged in education initiatives such as mandarin immersion, TechConnect, green schoolyards, and teacher support among other things.

Interns would be responsible for research projects, overview notes, administrative support, event preparation, and accompany the Mayor’s Education Advisor on weekly school visits. Individual must be able to work independently. Educational or classroom experience is requested, but it is not required.

The Mayor's Office of Legislative and Government Affairs acts as a resource for the Mayor and city departments on federal and state budget and appropriations issues, legislation, and other public policy or political issues that may impact San Francisco. We work to develop credible working relationships with city leaders to optimize federal and state government relations efforts.  We are currently seeking graduate student interns who are pursuing a degree related to government finance and/or operations, program management, law, or public policy.

The Mayor’s Office of Housing is dedicated to providing financing for the development, rehabilitation and purchase of affordable housing in San Francisco. MOH also guides and coordinates the City's housing policy. MOH administers a variety of programs to finance the development of affordable housing by non-profit and for profit developers, provides financial and educational assistance to first-time homebuyers, and finances housing rehabilitation costs for low-income homeowners. MOH is also responsible for monitoring and ensuring the long-term affordability and physical viability of the City's stock of affordable housing.

The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services (MONS) is dedicated to helping the citizens of the City & County of San Francisco receive the highest levels of service possible from all areas of City government. Our district and community liaisons work to ensure that the Mayor’s Office is involved with helping to improve the quality of life for all San Francisco residents.

The Mayor's Office of Protocol  organizes high-impact events that are hosted by Mayor Lee including inaugurations, receptions, citywide celebrations, and other official public events of civic or cultural importance. Our office also serves as the primary liaison between the Mayor and foreign governments, including the consular corps and sister cities. The Mayor's Office of Protocol also plans, arranges, and implements detailed programs for visiting dignitaries and coordinates Mayor’s official visits abroad, including advance planning with other Mayor’s staff, external stakeholders, and host country officials. Our office fosters positive relations and creates opportunities for collaboration between foreign governments and San Franciscans and we provide protocol guidance and other relevant information to City agencies and the public.

Internship Description:
The purpose of the Mayor’s Office of Protocol internship program is to introduce college students to international affairs and civic event planning at the municipal level.

  • Interns manage and implement the Mayor’s national day program, which includes drafting proclamations and coordinating flag raising ceremonies
  • Interns will work with staff to facilitate consular corps requests and assist with civic events
  • Interns will be assigned projects that will be completed within the term of the internship
  • This position requires administrative support: filing, mailings, coping, etc.
  • This internship is at-will and the conditions for the internship may change or be updated from time to time

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Student currently enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education
  • Attention to detail and organization
  • Computer experience, including knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced team environment
  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Belief in the positive effects of fostering international goodwill
  • A multicultural approach to work

Compensation: The Mayor’s Office of Protocol will facilitate course credit for those who are eligible. A $500 monthly stipend is provided by the San Francisco Host Committee to cover expenses that typically occur during the course of the internship

Start date: As soon as possible

Schedule: Flexible hours-- Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Evenings and weekends as needed
Must be available minimum 10 hours per week

Term of Internship:Minimum one semester or three month commitment

The Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance has a broad scope of responsibility. The Public Policy and Finance staff is responsible for preparing the Mayor’s annual proposed citywide budget, managing departmental expenditures, implementing Mayoral initiatives, and generally addressing and resolving citywide issues.

Interns engage in various office tasks assigned based on skill and education level. Assignments include initiative research, policy development, and financial and programmatic analysis. Interns must have excellent communication, written and computer skills, be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously with strict attention to detail, interact well with office personnel and the public, and have the initiative to go beyond expectations.

Graduate student interns are assigned more complex analytical tasks and are hosted by the Office during the summer. Graduate student interns should be pursuing a degree related to government finance and/or operations, program management, or public policy.

Internships are non-paid, and interns often receive academic credit from either undergraduate or graduate institutions. Interns are required to work 15-20 hours per week, however depending on the season and individual requirements, additional hours and schedules may be available.

The Mayor’s Office of Violence Prevention Services works to ensure that the Mayor's Office is involved with law enforcement agencies, city departments, community-based partners and faith based communities to reassess standard practices, strengthen partnerships and create a comprehensive public safety plan. Organizing these activities as a collective body and streamlining communication is essential to maximize resources and effect long-term generational change with regard to street violence in San Francisco.

Office of Small Business- Directed by the Small Business Commission, the Office of Small Business (OSB) and its Small Business Assistance Center (SBAC) function as the City's central point of information and referral for entrepreneurs and small businesses located in the City and County of San Francisco. By championing "business-friendly" policies, marketing the contributions of the small business sector, and developing appropriate assistance programs, the Small Business Commission and Office of Small Business work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish.