Descriptions of Offices Under the Mayor
The Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance has a broad scope of responsibility, however from a macro perspective the office has two separate functions: The Policy staff is responsible for implementing Mayoral initiatives and resolving citywide issues. The Finance staff is responsible for preparing the Mayor’s citywide budget for submission to the Board of Supervisors yearly, and for managing departmental expenditures.
Interns engage in various office responsibilities including initiative research and policy development, assigned based on skill and education level. In addition to policy work, interns are offered opportunities to attend press conferences and various events throughout the city.
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 personal and the public, and have the initiative to go beyond expectations.
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. Only graduate level interns will be assigned to work with the Finance staff. All other interns, if not accepted into the Mayor’s Policy Office internship program, will be offered opportunities to interview with other departments within the Mayor’s Office.
The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD) is dedicated to enhancing San Francisco’s economic vitality and to expanding the City’s tax and employment base. MOEWD oversees activities and programs related to business attraction and retention, workforce training, development planning, and neighborhood commercial revitalization.
MOEWD is comprised of the following divisions:
Business Affairs – This team is responsible for overseeing the Mayor’s three industry initiatives in biotechnology, digital media and clean technology, as well as developing and implementing citywide business attraction and retention strategies.
Base Reuse and Real Estate Development – This team is responsible for coordinating and managing major public-private real estate deals, as well as managing large scale public-private development projects around the City.
Workforce Development – This team serves as the oversight and policy-making body for employment and workforce training programs in San Francisco. Its broader mandate is to oversee the implementation of a comprehensive citywide workforce strategic plan that will coordinate resources in order to meet the needs of job seekers and employers.
Part of this division is the CityBuild program, a partnership between various City departments, the Transportation Authority, community-based organizations, developers, and trade unions. CityBuild manages and coordinates construction employment and training efforts across all city projects and departments.
International Trade and Commerce – This division oversees the international commercial affairs of the City of San Francisco and seeks to increase and enhance international transactions and international business opportunities in the City of San Francisco.
Neighborhood Improvement – This team is responsible for improving and supporting the City’s many neighborhood commercial districts. This group works with local stakeholders to implement revitalization strategies, including creating Community Benefit Districts, supporting Better Neighborhood Plans and working on strategic neighborhood-based development projects.
The Office of Small Business/Small Business Commission – The Small Business Commission seeks to foster, promote, and retain small businesses in 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 its Office of Small Business work to support and enhance an environment where small businesses can succeed and flourish.
Film Commission – The Commission was chartered in 1988 to develop, recognize, and promote film activities in the City. The goals of the Film Commission are to explore and promote long-term goals for film-making as a major emphasis of the City’s economic and cultural base and to encourage the recognition of film as an art form with widespread economic components. The tasks of the Commission include promoting the San Francisco Bay Area as a premier destination for filming, issuing Use Agreements and facilitating projects prior to and during filming, act as liaison between film-makers, City Departments and jurisdictions adjacent to the City and to represent the City in all matters relating to filming and the film industry.
There are many challenging and exciting opportunities for interns in MOEWD!
Intern duties may include:
- Researching economic and market trends, policy matters, and legislative issues
- Analyzing economic development data and reports
- Preparing correspondence, presentations, memos
- Answering and referring customer service calls
- Assisting with project and event coordination
- Participating in outreach & marketing efforts
- Attending public meetings
- Providing general administrative support to project managers
Intern(s) must be skilled in MS Office. Experience in public relations, business, marketing, political science, and/or public policy is preferred. Willingness to provide general administrative support functions is a must. An ability to attend some evening meetings is also desired.
The Mayor’s Office of Community Development (MOCD) partners with the community to strengthen the social, physical and economic infrastructure of San Francisco’s low-income neighborhoods and communities in need. MOCDs comprehensive approach to community development is reflected in the breadth and scope of the program areas in which it provides funding (grants and loans).
The Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice (MOCJ) promotes stronger, safer and healthier communities by bringing people together to collectively address local public safety needs. We accomplish this goal through partnering with public safety agencies, community-based organizations, as well as federal and state funding bodies to develop strategies and shape policies affecting public safety.
The Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH) coordinates the efforts of the City to maximize housing opportunities for low income households and individuals. We administer a variety of programs for housing finance funded by federal, state, and local sources. We also work closely with federal, state and other local agencies to coordinate their efforts with ours.
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 on Disability (MOD) is responsible for overseeing the implementation and local enforcement of the City and County of San Francisco’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other Federal and state disability civil rights and accessibility laws.
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 Government Affairs oversees the relationship between the Mayor’s Office and other local elected and appointed officials. It is also charged with ensuring that the Mayor’s govermental agenda is communicated to community stakeholders and constituents. This office works closely with the Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance.
The Mayor’s Liaison to the Board of Supervisors serves as the direct link between the Mayor and Supervisors. The Mayor’s Liaison communicates directly with the Supervisors and keeps the Mayor’s Office informed about various matters brought before the Board of Supervisors. The Liaison to the Board of Supervisors works closely with the Director of Government Affairs, the Commission Secretary, and the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.
The Mayor’s Commission Liaison serves as the direct link between the Mayor’s Office and over 50 commissions, boards and authorities. The Commission Liaison works closely with the Director of Government Affairs, the Mayor’s Liaison to the Board of Supervisors, and Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services.
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.
Volunteers: If you are not college-aged and above the age of 18 and would like to volunteer please email or send to us a letter letting us know why you are interested in volunteering at the Mayor’s Office.
Other Internship Opportunities
TechConnect is a program run by the Department of Technology. TechConnect provides many opportunities for interns with technology, marketing, communications or managerial interests. For more information contact Emy Tseng, Project Manager for TechConnect at firstname.lastname@example.org.