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Public Policy/Social Action Intern Position - Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County seeks a competent and compassionate public policy/social action intern to assist the work of Advocacy and Community Engagement (ACE) under the supervision of Father Jon Pedigo, Director of ACE.

Projects under Advocacy and Community Engagement reflect the public policy positions, pastoral vision and social change/social service agenda of the Catholic Charities Santa Clara County and Diocese of San José.  These projects are based on Pope Francis’ encounter methodology (the outcome of each project is based inter-personal contact and social development); community-based (led from the experience of those directly affected); integrated into the fabric of Catholic life and ideally integrated into the public policy positions of partnering agencies, organizations and other faith communities; and promote the common good

Each project will be integrated into six yet to be formed Deanery Social Issue Groups.  The intern candidate will help the Director with the formation and development of these groups. The intern will work with the Director to design a way to monitor community-impact outcomes, public policy outcomes, and to measure the effectiveness of the organizing methodology in advocacy work that is done through the Deanery Social Issue groups.

Concurrent projects underway 2017-2018:

  • Muslim-Catholic Dialog (under direction from the Bishop)
  • Affordable Housing (support for Charities Housing and partnership with PACT)
  • Immigrant Support (Rapid Response Network and in partnership with PACT) and Immigration Policy Reform (partnership with Catholic Charities USA and USCCB)
  • Worker Justice (in partnership with WPUSA and various local unions)
  • Handicapables (existing CCSCC program for residents with disabilities)
  • Support for Returning Citizens (Re-entry program in development at CCSCC)
  • Disaster Relief and Emergency Response to the Unhoused (in development at CCSCC)
  • Human Trafficking Response
  • Mental Health Support

Position Responsibilities:

  • Work on ongoing multiple projects within the deanery structure, e.g., Homelessness-Affordable Housing and Immigration;
  • Compile data, review research, and create reports.
  • Maintain databases for deanery participants;
  • Maintain accurate mailing and contact lists;
  • Inform and brief the Director for Advocacy and Community Engagement.
  • Interact with various division personnel at CCSCC.
  • Interact with county and city officials in addition to deanery participants.

Required Qualifications, Skills and Resources:

  • Have access to use of an automobile
  • Develop a comfort and familiarity with the deanery structure and the division structure at CCSCC, particularly the place-based family resource centers
  • a self-starter with the ability to perceive the situation and respond or take action on his/her own, rather than waiting to be directed to do so
  • Quick communicator
  • Ability to respond and take action quickly
  • Be very organized
  • Able to work outside the normal 8-5 pm schedule

Computer skills:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • Powerpoint
  • Data base and event skills management

Linguistic and cultural skills:

  • English: fluent in speech and good writing skills
  • Highly desired: conversational Spanish
  • Cultural Competency in the cultures in our diocese

Interested students should contact:

Rev. Jon Pedigo, Director, Advocacy and Community Engagement, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Contact info: or 408-468-0100

Public Policy Intern - The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits 

The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits (SVCN) is currently seeking a public policy intern for Spring 2018 (January – May/June). The internship is open to a junior or senior-level undergraduate student with interest in the following areas:

  • Public policy and state budget advocacy
  • General public policy and nonprofit research in areas such as early childhood, domestic violence and older adults
  • Key analysis on economic trends in Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose

Interns will gain valuable hands-on experience working on a variety of public policy issues, including state/county budget, candidate research, domestic violence, early childhood, lobbying regulations, older adult issues and legislation directed towards nonprofits. In the past, SVCN interns have planned candidate forums, researched ballot initiatives, and drafted policy papers that have been adopted by both local and statewide advocacy groups. The nonprofit sector is seeing a rise in legislative issues that impact the sector. SVCN is the leader in public policy advocacy for nonprofits in our community with over 200 agencies in our membership base.

Interns are expected to devote at least 12-15 hours a week to the internship. The intern will receive a stipend valued between $250-$500 as compensation for their work. 


  • Support all aspects of the SVCN public policy portfolio including research, analysis, and development of policy positions that impact the nonprofit sector.
  • Assist in researching information and collecting data to support our work in public policy, government contracting and/or other areas of interest for use in reports and publications.
  • Engage with a variety of policymakers and elected officials at both the state and local level through meetings and forums etc.
  • Participate in advocacy and education, as well as coalition building with SVCN member organizations on legislative issues.
  • Represent SVCN at community meetings as needed.
  • Specific tasks include organizing meetings with elected officials and organizing candidate forums as needed.
  • Other duties/special projects may be assigned.

Organization Background

SVCN is a collaborative organization that takes positions on issues that impact the nonprofit sector. To achieve results, we develop extensive groundwork in data collection, understanding government budgets and developing the nonprofit perspective. We work in partnership with our nonprofit members that are primarily health and human services community-based agencies with an emphasis on Santa Clara County. Our office is informal, fast-moving, and demands an ability to work independently and efficiently. SVCN deals with an array of public and private entities and their departments such as: Santa Clara County Mental Health, Social Services, Drug and Alcohol, and Juvenile Justice, as well as with the City of San Jose and philanthropic foundations.

For more information, please visit our website at or email Alexa Nolder,

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  Please submit a cover letter and resume to and place “Policy Intern” in the subject line. Please include your general availability in your cover letter.

The Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The district office of U.S. Representative Ro Khanna provides an educational internship program whose purpose is to provide training in the following areas:


  • How to perform in a professional work environment in general
  • How to perform in a Congressional office in particular
  • How to interact with members of the public in a professional manner (constituent service is a type of customer service)
  • How to help run public events (town hall meetings)
  • How agencies of the Federal government work


The work of an intern consists mostly of the following:


  1. Case work. Constituents who reach out to our office are struggling with some agency in the Federal government.  Those agencies are part of the executive branch, not the legislative branch, so we do not have the authority to give them direction.  We obtain the constituents’ authorizations to receive their personal information, we scan all relevant documents, and when the complete package is ready, our permanent staffers pick up the phone and penetrate the bureaucracy.  Interns are invaluable in the first couple of steps of this process.  Our office has helped many constituents who were in desperate need.  Contributing to a successful case resolution means that you have really made a difference.
  2. The district office frequently needs to do online fact-hunting in order to prepare briefing reports or help the Congressman take a position on an issue or minister better to constituents.  Interns play an important role here.
  3. Town hall meetings. Once a month, Congressman Khanna holds a public event somewhere in the district, at which he takes questions from constituents.  All staffers, both permanent and interns, work these events.  Carrying off a successful town hall meeting is very satisfying.
  4. Preparation of certificates. Congressional commendations are generated in the district office on a regular basis.  Interns write the text and generate the documents.


An internship is a part-time (fewer than 16 hours/week), unpaid position.  Interns sign on for a semester, a school year, or the summer.  Selection and scheduling of interns is handled by the District Director; day-to-day assignment of tasks is handled by the Office Manager.  The office is open to constituents from 8:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on weekdays.  All office workers, permanent staff and interns, are expected to meet a business professional dress code (jackets and ties for men, three pieces for women, dress shoes for all) in order to show respect for our constituents and for the office of Member of Congress.  Training is provided.


To apply for an internship, email Christopher R. Moylan with your resume including home address, as well as the dates, days, and hours that you are available.  An interview is generally required.  Priority is given to applicants with prior internship experience, more years of education, and who live in the district.


Internship in the Office of Congresswoman Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18)

Internships are offered in both the Washington, D.C. and the Palo Alto District Offices to students currently enrolled in or have completed coursework at a college or university. Although we’re not allowed to offer paid internships, we can give academic credits. Students who reside in the 18th Congressional District are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interns assist congressional staff with administrative duties (e.g. phones, copying, drafting correspondence, etc.) as well as substantive work (e.g. legislative research and analysis, drafting responses to constituent inquiries, and assisting staff in a variety of projects and activities).
Our office is flexible in working with students who are on the quarter system or the semester system. Interns can work full time (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or part time, but applicants should plan for a minimum of 10 to 15 hours of availability throughout the work week.
A resume or letter of recommendation can also be included with applications.
Should you have any questions about the Internship Program or the application process, you can contact the Intern Coordinator in the Palo Alto District Office at 650-323-2984 or at 202-225-8104 in the Washington, D.C. office.  Our email address is
Note: Currently the website indicates that the window to apply is closed, however we are still happy to accept applicants available to start immediately.

Opportunity – Membership & Statewide Coalitions Coordinator


The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is currently seeking an intern/coordinator to support the work of our Investor Relations/Strategic Coalitions team. This individual will gain hands-on experience with a variety of tasks related to member engagement, retention and analysis, while also interfacing with a number of statewide business associations from across California. Additionally, this individual will have direct involvement in the development, planning and execution of our Annual Strategy Conference, which gathers more than ~300 Silicon Valley business leaders to address regional policy issues.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a public policy business trade organization, founded in

1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard. The Leadership Group represents more than ~400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs, and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley. 

Responsibilities: You will have an opportunity to perform at least some of these duties during your internship:

  • Assume responsibility for one major project in your selected issue area with the assistance and oversight of your mentor, for example in depth research on a proposed policy measure, helping to organize a major event, etc.
  • Review and analyze proposed legislation or policy/regulatory changes, including recommendations for future action by the Leadership Group, as appropriate.
  • Assist in preparing for meetings with company and community leaders, including agenda, preparation and mailing, follow-up phone calls, meeting research and minutes. Coordinators are also encouraged to attend the meetings they have helped to arrange and other Leadership Group meetings and events to learn and to make contacts.
  • Prepare and present information to appropriate Leadership Group committees or task forces. Anticipate and be prepared to answer audience questions on issues.
  • Assist other office staff and coordinators in administrative projects, as needed.

Special Projects: Annual Strategy Conference, Membership Renewal Campaign, and R.E.A.L. Coalition content management.

Time Commitment: This is an unpaid internship position. College credit may be available through your school. Interns must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Individual circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Required skills: Comfort with using Microsoft Office and doing internet research.

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter titled to Angelica Cortez at For more information visit

 Silicon Valley Leadership Coordinator/InterOpportunities

Want to experience first-hand how public policy is developed at the local, state, and federal levels?

Want to make a difference in areas such as improving middle school math education, traffic relief, or reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a public policy business trade organization, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard. The Leadership Group represents more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley.


- You will have an opportunity to perform at least some of these duties during your internship:

- Assume responsibility for one major project/home-run goal in your selected issuearea with the assistance and oversight of your mentor. For example, in-depth research on a proposed policy measure, helping to organize a major event, etc.

- Review and analyze proposed legislation or policy/regulatory changes.

- Interact with legislative and government offices.

- Assist in preparing for meetings with company and community leaders.

- Support other Leadership Group staff with projects as needed.

- Coordinators are encouraged to attend Leadership Group meetings and events to learn and establish relationships.

Internship Areas:

Administration, Communications, Education, Energy, Environment, Events, Graphic Design, Government Relations, Health Policy, Housing/Land Use, Membership/Statewide Coalitions, Tax Policy, Tech & Innovation or Transportation.

Time Commitment:

This is an unpaid internship position. College credit may be available through your school. Interns must commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months. Individual circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To apply: Submit resume and cover letter to and indicate your top three area(s) of interest by order of preference. For more information, visit

Public Policy Intern

Interested in loval governance, public policy, and grassroots political action? The Santa Clara County of REALTORS® (SCCAOR) represents over 6,000 members and engages with local, state and federal decision makers to advocate for sensible housing policies. And as the oldest trade association in California, SCCAOR has advocated for building stronger communities and protecting private property rights for over 120 years. 

Public Policy Interns will learn about housing policy and political organizing. Interns must possess good organization skills, including time management, goal setting, and close attention to detail. Knowledge of Microsoft office, productivity software, and good writing and research skills are important to succeeding in this internship. Academic interns will receive a $1,0000 stipend for completion of the internship. 

Mayoral Internship Program

The Mayoral Internship Program seeks students interested in gaining experience in public service, policy, and local government. Interns will be assigned to a team and work closely with other City Departments, coordinate efforts with the Mayoral staff, monitor state and federal developments, and attend meetings within and outside of City Hall.

Intern duties include but are not limited to: research, policy analysis, council memo review, preparing the Mayor and his staff for meetings, event advance work, letter writing, and administrative support. The internship program offers a hands-on experience for those looking to augment their studies with practical politics and application of their learning

For more information, visit the San Jose government website.

Student Intern, Level III

Student Interns will assist professional and technical employees in the performance of their duties under close supervision. Specific tasks will vary with the Agency/Department to which they are assigned for a particular work period. For the Agency as a whole, it is expected that the level of education and capabilities attained by Student Interns will be fully capitalized.

Junior or Senior year college students. Student interns at this level must work in their chosen field of study.

For more information, visit the Santa Clara government jobs website.

Student Intern for San Jose Councilmember Chappie Jones

San Jose Council District 1 is seeking qualified undergraduate and graduate students to join the District 1 team. Interns are given the opportunity to learn about the functions and operations of city government.

Duties: Interns will be responsible for responding to inquiries from residents, preparing materials for City Council meetings, research projects, event planning, aiding other team members with their tasks and other important office responsibilities. We want the internship experience to provide an intellectual challenge beyond typical intern duties and are looking for proactive individuals who will make the most of their experience.

Internship Benefits Include:
  • Professional work experience
  • Networking opportunities
  • Academic credit for those who qualify
  • Opportunity to build resume and receive recommendation letters
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program
  • Possess computer skills, such as Microsoft Office, Excel, and email
  • Be able to handle multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Detail oriented and exhibit a positive & professional attitude at all times
  • Be committed to intern for a minimum of 2 months

Internships are offered throughout the year and can either be full or part-time. Internships are unpaid.

For more information, visit the San Jose District 1 website.