Our internship program offers students a unique opportunity to experience the work of a City Council office and a potential campaign for Congress. The program exposes students to legislative office operations and activities of a Councilmember's work. These experiences include working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community-based organizations, campaigning, organizing civic events and projects, databases, staffing the office, and other activities.
Many legislators and senior policy staff began their careers as interns. Internships are invaluable to gain an understanding of our democratic process, as well as an excellent opportunity to create important networks while serving the community.
Internships are available to all part-time or full-time students. Interns will gain valuable education and work experience through working with our office. All internship work is voluntary and students will not receive any monetary compensation. Depending on their programs, students may also receive different types of school credit for participating as interns.
Qualified candidates will be invited for interviews. Thank you for your interest in this very unique opportunity to serve the community. Please complete the application and submit to our office along with a resume, cover letter, and writing sample.
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City of Palo Alto
One of the best ways to learn the inner workings of government and your community is through a City Council internship program. The office is looking for bright, self-motivated, energetic individuals who are interested in learning the dynamics of working in a legislative office. This is an active role in the political office of an elected Councilmember vs. a more routine internship in the City of Palo Alto.
Among the chief roles of a Councilmember’s office is to keep the local community connected with the legislative work taking place at City Hall. This is accomplished through community-based events, constituent casework, correspondence and everyday involvement with the community. As an intern you will be prepared to and provide support to staff with special events, constituent services, and special projects related to general administrative duties of the office. The goal is to establish a workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the legislator and the intern.
The ideal candidate must be enrolled in an educational program upon the start of your internship and have an interest in public policy, community organizing, political science, economics, English, communications, public relations or a similar area of study or career path. Candidates must also be able to dedicate a minimum of nine months part-time or 3 months full time towards this program.
Essential duties include:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision
Critical thinking and creative problem solving
Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines simultaneously
Proficient in using Google Docs/Microsoft Word and Excel
Video creation and editing
Active involvement in monitoring Palo Alto City issues, current events and relevant legislation
Assist in research and planning of upcoming events and projects
Provide accurate and complete information in response to constituent inquiries and community issues
Assist with and maintain office procedures, routine correspondence, telephone inquiries and special projects
Develop clear knowledge and understanding of principals, functions, practices and operations of the Palo Alto City Council
Assist with responding to a variety of constituent inquiries and issues
Fluency in other languages in addition to English, a plus
Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the intern.
Although unpaid, interns receive important benefits like working directly with elected officials, community leaders and local residents on issues and events related to the community. Interns may also qualify for internship credit from their university or school, as well as earn a letter of recommendation from the Councilmember. Depending on college, sponsorships are possible: https://sig.stanford.edu/fellowships/
Greg Tanaka is current City of Palo Alto Councilmember and is running for re-election in November 2020.
The City of Palo Alto is a city of roughly 70,000 residents located at the heart of Silicon Valley, California. Greg Tanaka was elected to serve on the city council in 2016 and is running for re-election in 2020.
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We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
January 3, 2021
Reading / Writing
Social Media / Blogging
Interns are expected to commit roughly 5 hours a week to this internship.