Internship Program

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Internship Program


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About The Program


The Mayor's Internship Program is designed to immerse students in City government by matching interns to their fields of interest inside the public service sector. In the spirit of diversity and inclusiveness that characterizes San Francisco, The Mayor’s Office welcomes intern candidates of various backgrounds who wish to bring innovative ideas and fresh perspective to City Hall. Now accepting applications for Spring 2019!


Through their experiences, they will gain the knowledge and skills to have a career in the public sector or beyond. While here, interns will be involved in the operations of the City while being introduced to many community service opportunities.


"My time as an intern in the Mayor’s Budget Office was invaluable! It was my first insight into working in the public sector, and it was fascinating to observe the budget process. I attended events all over the city with staff and other interns that lead to many lasting relationships. Now as a staffer, I love spending time with our interns!"

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Application Process



  • STEP 1


    • Submit the following items with your application:
    • - Resume
    • - Cover Letter
    • - Writing Sample (one page maximum)
  • STEP 2


  • STEP 3


    • The Mayor’s Office will review your application within two weeks after the application deadline. Applications will not be accepted on a rolling basis, and will not be reviewed further after this two week period.




Offices Accepting Applications

Spring 2019 (January – May)

Mayor's Office of Communications

Mayor's Office of Communications

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.


Mayor's Office of Legislative and Government Affairs

Mayor's Office of Legislative and Government Affairs

The Mayor's Office of Legislative and Government Affairs coordinates legislative and policy efforts by engaging local, state and federal partners on matters relating to Mayor’s key priorities: housing, homelessness, economic development, public safety, transportation, human services, infrastructure and education/families. Additionally, this office advises the Mayor and staff on legislation and policy matters and assists in the formulation of City positions and communication strategies.


Local: Oversee the introduction and passage of legislation by Departments and serve as key liaison to the Board of Supervisors. Track and advise Mayor and staff on the status of legislation before the Board of Supervisors.


State/Federal: Oversee state and federal legislative advocacy on bills and regulatory changes and serve as liaison to the City's state and federal delegation. Advise the Mayor on state and federal policies and coordinate with departments and Mayor's staff on citywide responses to state and federal legislative action.


Our Office Aims to:

  1. Serve as an informational resource for the Mayor and City Departments on active legislation across all levels of government.
  2. Understand and analyze state and federal budgets & appropriations, legislation, public policy, and political issues that may impact San Francisco.
  3. Develop credible working relationships with City leaders and stakeholders to optimize local, state, and federal government relations efforts and advocacy.


Legislative and Government Affairs

Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

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. Staff are willing and able to help resolve concerns and provide clear information. Neighborhood Services is located in City Hall, with staff monitoring the entry desk 5 days per week. The Neighborhood Services team provides service delivery through community events, community meetings, email or phone communication and responsive constituent case management..


Job Requirements:

  • Excellent Communication skills.
  • Knowledgeable of the City’s 11 Districts.
  • Be able to work with a variety of people.
  • Have strong organization skills.
  • Additionally, MONS interns also need to be involved in the communities in which they serve, ie: Events, Meetings, etc.


Mayor's Office of Protocol

Mayor's Office of Protocol

The Mayor’s Office of Protocol:

  • Serves as the primary liaison between the Mayor and foreign governments, including the San Francisco Consular Corps and our Sister Cities
  • Plans, arranges, and implements detailed programs for visiting foreign dignitaries
  • Coordinates the Mayor’s official international travel
  • Fosters positive relations and creates opportunities for collaboration between foreign governments and San Franciscans
  • Provides protocol guidance and other relevant information to City agencies
  • Job Requirements:

    The purpose of the Mayor’s Office of Protocol educational internship program is to introduce students to international affairs programming at the municipal level. Interns will have the opportunity to:

    • Manage and implement the Mayor’s National Day program, which includes drafting proclamations and helping to coordinate flag raising ceremonies
    • Work with staff to facilitate Consular Corps requests
    • Be assigned projects that will be completed within the term of the internship

    This position incudes some administrative work. 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 and internet research techniques
    • Excellent communication 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
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development
The Office of Economic and Workforce Development

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development

The Office of Economic and Workforce Development supports San Francisco’s ongoing economic vitality by strengthening its neighborhoods, businesses, commercial corridors, and workforce. Main Street Launch’s program is one of many programs funded by the City, providing opportunities for small businesses, including support in launching a new enterprise, tax credits and incentives, and specialized assistance for a number of key industries. You can learn more about OEWD’s services by visiting their website,

Interns will be required to work at a minimum 15 hours per week. In OEWD, interns support the Mayor’s economic development goals and programs; research business attraction and retention ‘best-practices’ and provide program recommendations; identify resources designed to support local economic development; and participate in other duties as needed.


  • Research policies and legislation that may impact OEWD programs
  • Develop reports and collateral for various projects and programs
  • Assist staff during offsite meetings or activities
  • Respond to constituent concerns and inquiries
  • Assist staff in basic office functions as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • Current high school student, college student, college graduates, graduate students, or those with an master’s degree in relevant area are preferred
  • Ability to commit 15 hours per week
  • Ability to commit to 3 months is preferred
  • Excellent research and writing skills required
  • Ability to prepare clear, accurate and well-organized 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