News about internships can also be found on our Political Science Department Facebook page and by subscribing to our department mailing list. In addition to departmental announcements, very useful internship information can be obtained directly from elected officeholders (including members of Congress) by contacting their offices.
Fall 2018: POLITICAL CAMPAIGN INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The Political Science Department is receiving quite a few internship announcements from local and state political campaigns. As usual, we pass them on, as written:
1. KEVIN DE LEON CAMPAIGN: "My name is Michelle Bertinelli and I am from the Kevin de León for U.S. Senate campaign. We are currently recruiting energetic and dedicated interns on a voluntary basis to support our campaign. This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to bolster their resumes with hands-on experience working on a statewide political campaign while earning academic credit and a letter of recommendation.
These student interns will gain first-hand insight on an extremely scrappy and dynamic campaign. Our size enables interns to serve in a broad range of capacities ranging from data entry and grassroots organizing to fundraising research and overall campaign planning for our statewide campaign. We validate parking at our Koreatown office and have very flexible hours. All we ask is that you bring a positive attitude and the desire to work.
Please have interested students submit a resume and contact me directly at email@example.com or (818) 694-2790."
2. REP. ED ROYCE DISTRICT OFFICE: "My name is Crystal and I am assisting the internship coordinator with Rep. Ed Royce’s district office. We are currently accepting applications for fall 2018 internships in our district office. Internships allow students to:
• Acquire experience in government
• Aid in constituent services
• Gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. Congress
To apply, applicants may send their cover letter, resume, and dates of availability to Mary.Perez@mail.house.gov. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mary at the email address above or the phone below included in my signature."
3. STATE SENATOR HOLLY MITCHELL CAMPAIGN: "Sen. Holly J. Mitchell is seeking bright and engaged students who are interested in civic engagement and community service. Interns acquire and improve upon useful skills such as public relations, written and oral communications, field work and office administration. Joining #TeamMitchell would offer the rewarding experience of working with a legislator who deeply cares about the community and the issues they face. Top issues of importance to Mitchell include: A state budget that reflects California values, criminal and juvenile justice reform, CalWORKS, protecting youth, affordable housing and homelessness, healthcare, LGBT and women’s rights, veterans issues, the environment, expanded sexual harassment-prevention training and more. As an intern, you will be prepared to provide support to staff with special events, constituent services and general administrative duties of the district office.
Preference will be given to applicants who live, work or attend school in the 30th Senate District.
Deadlines:Application due by August 17, 2018 for Fall Semester (September – December).
About the 30th Senate District: Sen. Mitchell represents nearly 1 million constituents in diverse communities in Los Angeles, including Culver City, Ladera Heights and Westmont and the Crenshaw, Downtown and Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles.
Essential duties include:
Ability to manage multiple tasks
Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel
Assist in research and planning of upcoming events and projects
Develop clear knowledge and understanding of functions of the California State Legislature
Assist with responding to a variety of constituent inquiries and issues
Staffing booths at weekend community events
Attending events with district staff
Other tasks as assigned
Benefits: Although unpaid, interns receive important benefits such as working directly with elected officials, community leaders and local residents. Interns may also qualify for internship credit from their university or school, as well as earn a letter of recommendation from the Senator.
How to apply: Please fill out an internship application. If you have any questions, please email or call (213) 745-6656.
Office of Senator Holly J. Mitchell
30th State Senate District
Wallis Annenberg Building
700 State Dr.| Suite 113 | Los Angeles, CA 90037
T 213-745-6656 | F 213.745.6722
4. REP. JIMMY GOMEZ CAMPAIGN: "My name is Rolando Chavez, and I am the intern coordinator with Congressman Jimmy Gomez’s district office. We are currently accepting applications for our Fall 2018 internship positions.
Internship will allow students to:
-- Acquire experience in government
-- Aid constituent services
-- Gain a deeper understanding of the U.S. Congress
If students are interested in applying they can simply email their cover letter, resume, and dates of availability to Rolando.firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or your students have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Rolando Chávez| Staff Assistant
Congressman Jimmy Gomez (CA-34)
350 S. Bixel Street, #120
Los Angeles, CA 90017
5. GAVIN NEWSOM FOR GOVERNOR CAMPAIGN: "My name is Joe Shea, and I’m the Southern California Field Director for Gavin Newsom’s campaign for governor. I’m writing because our Los Angeles office is looking for interns, and I’m wondering if any of your students would be interested in this opportunity. In addition to performing essential day-to-day tasks for our campaign, our intern cohort will also take a hands-on role in supporting Gavin's efforts to get Democrats elected in competitive districts at the Congressional, State Senate, and State Assembly level. No prior campaign experience is necessary, and hours are very flexible.
We're hoping to start interviewing candidates as soon as possible. Interested folks can reach out to me directly at email@example.com."
6. FRANK SCOTTO FOR ASSEMBLY CAMPAIGN: "The Frank Scotto for Assembly team has available positions for interns and paid campaign workers this cycle. We would like to offer the possibility of actively working on a highly mobile political campaign, to get to interact with former Mayor Scotto and some of the top political staff in the business, and to be paid decently for flexible afternoon and weekend work. if any of your students are interested, feel free to have them contact me directly at AD66@Graystonepublicaffairs.com. If they can commit to at least two days per week, we can use them in the field or in an office setting, after meeting Mayor Scotto and being trained on some of the most advanced outreach and communication techniques being used in the State. If they are interested in shorter term commitments, we can certainly use them as an intern in our campaign headquarters. Please have them reach out to me at the email above with a simple resume and their availability.
Frank Scotto for State Assembly, 2018
7. DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY: "I am reaching out to you in hopes I can recruit some CSULA students to join our internship called the Team Leader program for the Fall (August-November) with the Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley. We are getting out the vote in the SFV and Team Leaders will be leading the campaign headquarters with myself alongside our leadership. I understand that we are a partisan group and we are not asking students to pledge their allegiance to our party. It is simply a leadership opportunity to expand their network and skills. They will be trained on the ins and outs of grassroots campaign work. At the end of their service they will be granted a letter of recommendation from a local elected official. Some students from our summer program have earned letter of reccomendations from Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and LA City Controller Ron Galperin. Students are required to commit a minimum of 6 hours a week (10 max). We are very flexible with hours and will work with their schedules.
Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
Campaign Office Manager
8. ALEX VILLANUEVA FOR LA COUNTY SHERIFF CAMPAIGN. " Alex Villanueva’s Campaign for LA County Sheriff is looking for hardworking, enthusiastic interns for our East Los Angeles office! We were hoping to see if your department could help promote the internship to your students. Interns will learn and help with voter contact, fundraising, and event advancement.We think this would be a good opportunity for students in your department to gain some experience in politics. Interns are only required to put in very few hours a week to allow for their studies and extracurriculars. Let me know if you can help!
Fall 2018: OTHER RECENT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
1. OFFICE OF CONGRESSWOMAN KAREN BASS: "Congressmember Karen Bass, Second Vice-Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, is looking for a creative, highly motivated and solution-oriented communications intern to join her fast-paced, high-octane communications corps. Primary responsibilities will include: drafting press statements, formatting press clippings, creating and updating press lists, curating social media content, graphic design and other communications-related projects. Our program is different from other offices on Capitol Hill as this program culminates in a capstone presentation for the Congressmember on an issue that you are passionate about. This allows you to explore an issue in a professional setting and discuss solutions with a Member of Congress. Candidates for this position should have strong written and verbal communication skills, high attention to detail, and the ability to work under tight deadlines. Ties to the 37th Congressional District and Spanish-speaking proficiency are plusses. Communications-related work experience is not mandatory but humor and initiative are absolute musts.
Applicants must be available to begin no later than September 7th and able to come in at least three full days per week. Availability will be factored into your acceptance. Please send a resume, a cover letter, two short writing samples, any graphic design samples you may have and your weekly availability to Nina.DeJonghe@mail.house.gov with the subject line “Communications Intern” by AUGUST 31. We look forward to having you on our team!"
2. OFFICE OF CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY MAJORITY LEADER IAN C. CALDERON: "The district office of California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian C. Calderon invites you to extend this internship opportunity to college students interested in working with te 57th Assembly District Office located in the City of Industry. The 57th Assembly District Office Internship Program introduces students to district office operations and the grassroots activities of legislator’s work. Duties will include but not be limited to, working with constituents, conducting community outreach efforts, assisting community-based organizations, organizing civic events & projects, database development, upkeep, and staffing the office. Interns will gain valuable education and work experience by fully participating in agreed upon hours of work. All internship work is voluntary and students will not receive any monetary compensation. Part-time and full-time internships are available.
The Application deadline is set for September 14. Candidates are to send their submissions via email or fax. For more information please feel free to contact me at (562) 692-5858 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
3. OFFICE OF CONGRESSWOMAN LINDA SÁNCHEZ: "The Office of Congresswoman Linda Sánchez is excited to announce we are now accepting internship applications for the Fall 2018 session. Those who intern for our office will not only have the opportunity to learn the intricate systems and functions of a government office, but will also collaborate with the Congresswoman and staff in many community events. We encourage you to share the attached application with students who may be interested and would benefit from this opportunity.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, September 5, 2018. The program begins September 19th. We look forward to reviewing applications and welcoming the next batch of future leaders! ** PLEASE NOTE: All internship inquiries should be sent directly to email@example.com **
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez (CA-38)
12440 E. Imperial Hwy., Ste. 140, Norwalk CA 90650
Ph: (562) 860-5050 I Fax: (562) 924-2914"
4. MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL. "The Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), a non-profit political advocacy organization with offices in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, CA, is currently looking for interns for our Spring internship program, about which you can find information via this link: http://internships.mpac.org/. We offer internship programs in either Policy & Advocacy or Digital. Our deadline for applications is November 1, 2018."
Offered Annually: Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Internship
The Los Angeles Superior Court Judicial Internship is a unique program that has served Cal State LA students for over three decades. Each year a limited number of highly motivated seniors in any undergraduate major are selected to participate in an internship program conducted by several Los Angeles Superior Court judges. Judicial interns are assigned to a different judge/mentor each term, alternating between criminal and civil courts. Interns gain first-hand familiarity with numerous aspects of the judicial process by observing trials, in-chamber meetings, and other legal proceedings. Through discussions with their judge/mentors, interns gain critical insights into the adversarial system and are exposed to differing jurisprudential perspectives. Application Form.
Offered Annually: Capital Fellows Program
Administered by CSU Sacramento, but open to graduates of any 4-year university, the Capital Fellows program consists of 18 Assembly Fellows, 18 Senate Fellows, 18 Executive Fellows and 10 Judicial Administration Fellows who receive an outstanding opportunity to engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while actively contributing to the development and implementation of public policy in California. Fellows in each program work for 10 - 11 months, receive health benefits and a monthly stipend of $2,627 and are employees of Sacramento State University. They work as full-time members of a legislative, executive, or judicial branch office, and are typically given assignments with a significant amount of responsibility and challenges. Fellows also enroll as graduate students at Sacramento State and receive graduate units from the Sacramento State Government Department or Public Policy and Administration Program. The enrollment fees are paid by the programs.
June 2012 BA graduate Samantha Contreras (pictured at left) was selected to receive a California State Assembly Fellowship for the 2012/13 academic year. Political Science graduate Addison Peterson was a Capital Fellow in 2013/14 and another Political Science major, Aaron Chua, was selected for 2014/15. Earlier, Political Science graduate Henry Castillo served as a fellow in 2010/11.
Application deadlines for the Capital Fellows Program are in early February of each year. General application information can be found at the Capital Fellows Program website. Students who seek to apply should contact a professor in the Political Science Department for further advice. In addition, students should contact Jessica Rodriguez, Coordinator, National Scholarships, at Jessica.Rodgriuez179@calstatela.edu. Ms. Rodriguez is happy to provide assistance to all students in the preparation of their applications.
Offered Annually: Panetta Institute Congressional Internship
The Panetta Internship "begins with an intensive two-week course at California State University, Monterey Bay with Leon Panetta and other seasoned veterans explaining how the legislative process actually works. Then each intern is assigned to a Capitol Hill office of a member of the California congressional delegation to work for two and a half months." The internship covers all expenses, including lodging in and travel to Washington, D.C.
Recent Political Science student Aaron Chua (pictured at right), was selected for both the Panetta Internship and Capital Fellows Program. Read Aaron Chua's profile. During the latter half of the program, Chua worked for several months as an intern in the D.C. office of Rep. John Garamendi, whose California district includes Sacramento and Davis. Chua attended briefings, assembled talking points for the congressman, wrote a policy paper on U.S.-China relations and researched water politics in the San Joaquin Valley River Delta.
Application deadlines for the Panetta Internship are in early February of each year. Students who seek to apply should contact a professor in the Political Science Department for further advice. In addition, students should contact Jessica Rodriguez, Coordinator, National Scholarships, at Jessica.Rodgriuez179@calstatela.edu. Ms. Rodriguez is happy to provide assistance to all students in the preparation of their applications.
Offered Annually: The Kenneth L. Maddy Legislative Intern Scholar Program
Each year approximately 40 University students are selected as Legislative Scholar-Interns. Legislative Scholar-Interns are placed on assignment in regional government offices, as well as in Sacramento and Washington, D.C. The Legislative Internship Program provides students with opportunities to develop public leadership skills while gaining practical knowledge of the day-to-day operations of government and the political process. Legislative Scholar-Interns receive academic credit as well as a stipend. Examples of placements include: U.S. Senate and Congressional offices (Capitol and district offices), California Assembly and Senate offices (Capitol and district offices) and the Governor’s Office. Students are selected based on their academic standing to elevate citizen participation and government performance at all levels through leadership training for public service. Application Information
Offered Annually: The James R. Galbraith Fellowship from the Pat Brown Institute
The James R. Galbraith Fellowship is a local public policy fellowship under the supervision of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs. It is endowed by James R. Galbraith. A native of Michigan, Mr. Galbraith was formerly senior vice president of corporate affairs for Hilton Hotels Corporation (1981-1994) and has a professional background in news, government, and corporate affairs. Galbraith Fellows are outstanding undergraduate or graduate students. Student placements are consistent with the Institute’s established Public Policy Internship and Fellowship Program and include a political, business, or community worksite opportunity. Currently, fellowships include a $2,500 stipend. Download Application. Please email to Raquel.Beltran@calstatela.edu with the subject line, "Galbraith Fellow Email List,” to receive updates and notifications.
Cal State DC Scholars Program
The CSULA Political Science Department supports the Cal State DC Scholars Program run by the CSU Fullerton Political Science Department. The program is described as follows: "Since 2006, the Cal State DC program has offered students opportunities to study and intern in our nation's capital. Through our program students enroll in full-time academic units while interning in Washington. Internships can be with congressional offices, executive agencies, museums, security firms, business groups, political parties, advocacy groups, non-profits, and a variety of other offices in and around Washington, D.C. Juniors, seniors, and graduate students from all majors and CSU campuses are encouraged to apply. The program is neither partisan nor ideological and welcomes students from all political persuasions."
For the summer program, students will enroll in two courses through CSU Fullerton Extended Education. Credit for "POSC 402: Cal State DC" at Fullerton can transferred to CSULA to give students credit for "POLS 400: Power and Policy in Washington: Congress and the President" and credit for "HUM 496: Internship" can provide CSULA credit for "POLS 395: Community Service in Political Science." Thus, students can earn a total of six units from this experience, with the three for POLS 400 directly applicable as a POLS elective and the three for POLS 395 applicable towards the total CSULA graduation unit requirements of 180 units. Total cost for participation in the program, including lodging and airfare, is variable, but should be less than $4,000. Students can apply directly through Cal State DC Scholars website, but should contact Prof. Taylor Dark at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate their application.
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