Internships

2017 Summer Internships

PolicyLink is in the process of accepting resumes for Summer 2017 internships. Applications are being accepted in Oakland, CA  and Washington, DC. See below for more information.

All-In Cities Intern (Oakland, CA)

Position

PolicyLink is seeking a continuing graduate student intern to provide research support to its new All-In Cities initiative (www.allincities.org). This effort focuses on advancing the next generation of equitable development policies and strategies at a time when many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into good jobs, living wages, and ownership opportunities for their low-income communities and communities of color. We provide capacity-building and implementation support, data and policy tools, and strategic research to city governments and community organizations/coalitions as they develop and implement tailored policy solutions to increase racial economic inclusion and foster equitable growth. 

Assignments will include: 

  • Background research for place-based examples of equitable growth strategies. 
  • Research and writing about specific policy tools that city leaders and advocates can leverage to promote racial economic inclusion. 
  • Updating previous research on tools and strategies as needed based on new examples, evidence, or other outcomes or changes. 

Desired qualifications and skills: 

  • Continuing graduate student in urban planning, public policy, sociology, journalism, or related field. 
  • Commitment to economic and social equity. 
  • Interest in American cities and their future. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Research experience and strong analytical skills. 
  • Good team player. 
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative. 

Application Process

PolicyLink is accepting applications for summer 2017 internships. The deadline for applications is March 17, 2017. Review the PolicyLink website (www.policylink.org) for additional information. 

Candidates may apply for up to two internship opportunities. Separate applications should be sent for each position and the candidate should indicate if they have applied for two positions in their cover letter.

Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to internships@policylink.org
Please include in subject
line: Your Name – Specific Internship Name.

We encourage you to submit the application components in a single document if possible (rather than three separate files) so we can print double-sided and save paper.

Interviews will take place during the month of March and April. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over the telephone. 

Please note: Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.

All-In Cities/Arts, Culture and Equitable Development Intern (Oakland, CA)

Position

PolicyLink is seeking a graduate student intern to provide research and program implementation to support the inclusion of arts and culture strategies in its new All-In Cities initiative (www.allincities.org). 

The All-In Cities effort focuses on advancing the next generation of equitable development policies and strategies at a time when many American cities are experiencing an economic revival, but this rising economic tide is not translating into good jobs, living wages, and ownership opportunities for their low-income communities and communities of color. PolicyLink provides capacity-building and implementation support, data and policy tools, and strategic research to city governments and community organizations/coalitions as they develop and implement tailored policy solutions to increase racial economic inclusion and foster equitable growth.

The Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development (ACED) team at PolicyLink includes program, research, and communications staff with expertise and experience in considering arts and culture as essential tools in addressing such community needs as infrastructure, education, and health and community safety. The All-In Cities/ACED Intern will help PolicyLink advance the impact of our work by integrating arts and cultural strategies into our research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy. The Intern will be co-supervised by the Senior Fellow for Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development and the Associate Director for All-In Cities. 

The All-In Cities/ACED Intern will conduct research and writing projects, and engage in program development to advance the following activities:

  • Designing and helping launch a narrative/story-telling approach to pair with place-based equity reports for specific cities that are considering adopting All-In Cities plans; this will help local community partners and champions better make a case for their All-In plan. 
  • Inventorying artist-led efforts around economic development and economic justice and “mapping” these practices to the kinds of challenges existing All-In Cities are facing in their planning and implementation efforts. 
  • Contributing to other efforts as they arise to advance creative community engagement with All-In Cities sites, to help local partners benefit from community input. 
  • Other duties as assigned.

Desired qualifications/skills:

  • Graduate student in urban planning, public policy, sociology, fine art, arts administration, public administration, law, public health, community organizing, or related field. 
  • Experience and/or academic coursework related to economic development and arts and culture.
  • Demonstrated interest in advancing economic inclusion.
  • Strong commitment to advancing social and racial justice and appreciation of community-based work experience in low-income and communities of color, as demonstrated through a portfolio of art, community, or other types of projects.
  • Experience working with grassroots/community advocates.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to organize and communicate interview feedback.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Great team player with experience working effectively with diverse stakeholders; comfort meeting with team in multiple locations.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Strong sense of humility and willingness to seek ongoing feedback for improvement.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.

Application Process

PolicyLink is accepting applications for summer 2017 internships. The deadline for applications is March 17, 2017. Review the PolicyLink website (www.policylink.org) for additional information. 

Candidates may apply for up to two internship opportunities. Separate applications should be sent for each position and the candidate should indicate if they have applied for two positions in their cover letter.

Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to internships@policylink.org
Please include in subject
line: Your Name – Specific Internship Name.

We encourage you to submit the application components in a single document if possible (rather than three separate files) so we can print double-sided and save paper.

Interviews will take place during the month of March and April. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over the telephone. 

Please note: Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.

Corporate Equity Intern (Washington, DC, or Oakland, CA)

Position

Developing a Corporate Equity Index 

PolicyLink has joined with FSG, an organization which provides consulting, and also offers ideas, and resources for leaders working to create social change, to lift up examples of companies that are making significant investments in addressing racial equity across different industries and sectors. These companies may be doing this through their products and services, procurement, marketing, human resources practices, governance and ownership structures, or their community investment and public advocacy. The Intern will support the development of one or more of the following project outputs:

  • A set of case studies of selected companies who are having significant impact on racial equity in their industries and communities.
  • A self-assessment tool to help companies identify ways in which their policies, practices and processes are inhibiting equity. 
  • Learning and advisory forums for national leaders in both the corporate sector and the diverse movement for equity-driven policy change and economic growth.

The primary supervisor for this internship is located in the Washington, DC, office of PolicyLink, and other staff members who work on the project are based in the Oakland office, while FSG is in San Francisco. The internship can be based in either Oakland or Washington.

Desired qualifications/skills:

  • Graduate student in public policy, business administration, urban planning, sociology, public administration, law, or related field. 
  • Experience and/or academic coursework related to economic development. 
  • Demonstrated interest in advancing economic inclusion and socially responsible corporate practices.
  • Strong commitment to advancing social and racial justice. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to organize and communicate interview feedback.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Great team player with experience working effectively with diverse stakeholders; comfort in meeting with team in multiple locations.
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills.
  • Strong sense of humility and willingness to seek ongoing feedback for improvement.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.

Application Process

PolicyLink is accepting applications for summer 2017 internships. The deadline for applications is March 17, 2017. Review the PolicyLink website (www.policylink.org) for additional information. 

Candidates may apply for up to two internship opportunities. Separate applications should be sent for each position and the candidate should indicate if they have applied for two positions in their cover letter.

Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to internships@policylink.org
Please include in subject line: Your Name – Specific Internship Name.

We encourage you to submit the application components in a single document if possible (rather than three separate files) so we can print double-sided and save paper.

Interviews will take place during the month of March and April. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over the telephone. 

Please note: Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.

Arts and Culture in Movement Building Internship (Oakland, CA)

Position

The Arts and Culture in Movement Building Intern will have an integral role in helping PolicyLink further policy impact by integrating arts and cultural strategies into our research, communications, capacity building, and advocacy as they relate to racial and economic inclusion, communities of opportunity, and a just society. PolicyLink is seeking a graduate student to support the PolicyLink movement-building efforts, particularly as they relate to an organizational leadership priority to highlight the soul of the equity movement through art. The Intern will also support other PolicyLink teams in achieving their resistance, campaign, communication, and/or community-building goals. The Intern will work on the following tasks: 

  • Support planning and production of creative strategies that integrate arts and culture into PolicyLink resistance movement support strategies.
  • Specific activities may include, for example: cataloging artwork from existing coalition or network members to demonstrate what solidarity looks like in action; conducting research on potential partnerships for a planned Intergenerational Resistance Movement-Building Series; designing experiences for convenings and participatory action research; exploring visual, interactive, poetic, or performative presentation of data; or creating artistic or cultural responses to equitable development issues.
  • Survey PolicyLink partners and network members for the expressive, storytelling needs of their movement-building and resistance campaigns; conversely, share inspirational and bridge-building arts and culture strategies with our partners and network members to better serve front-line organizing groups .
  • Compile database, with basic analysis to support case studies of equity-focused artist resources, e.g., Ford Foundation's JustFilms, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation's Artist-as-Activist, and the Intercultural Leadership Institute.
  • Generate a roster, through research and key informant interviews, of equity-focused artists to be used for future PolicyLink publications, national equity summits , and other specific policy advocacy campaigns.

The core team at PolicyLink in arts, culture, and equitable development includes program, research, and communications staff with expertise and experience in considering arts and culture as essential tools in addressing such community needs as infrastructure, education, police reform, climate justice, and health. The Intern will work out of the PolicyLink office in Oakland. The Arts and Culture in Movement Building Intern will be supervised by the Vice President for Strategic Initiatives who will provide process management direction and guidance. The position may involve some travel. 

Desired Qualifications & Skills:

  • Graduate student in fine arts, arts administration/management, design, urban planning, public policy, nonprofit management, cultural geography, or other areas related to arts, culture, and/or creative place-making. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • The ability to organize and communicate interview feedback. 
  • Strong analytical skills. 
  • Great team player with experience working effectively with diverse stakeholders; comfort meeting with team in multiple locations. 
  • Strong and effective interpersonal skills. 
  • Strong sense of humility and willingness to seek ongoing feedback for improvement. 
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative. 
  • Strong commitment to advancing social and racial justice and appreciation of community-based work experience in low-income communities and communities of color, as demonstrated through a portfolio of art, community, or other types of projects. 

Application Process

PolicyLink is accepting applications for summer 2017 internships. The position will remain open until filled. Review the PolicyLink website (www.policylink.org) for additional information. 

Candidates may apply for up to two internship opportunities. Separate applications should be sent for each position, and the candidate must indicate if they have applied for two positions in their cover letter.

Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and a list of three professional references to internships@policylink.org

Please include in the subject line: Your Name – Specific Internship Name.

We encourage you to submit the application components in a single document if possible (rather than three separate files), so we can print double-sided and save paper.

Interviews will take place during the month of March and April. Applicants will be contacted by telephone to schedule an interview that will be held in person or over the phone. 

Please note: Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

PolicyLink is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a welcoming workplace.