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PSI Internship Descriptions

Berkeley Student Food Collective

Berkeley Student Food Collective

Civic Engagement Intern

The Food Collective, as an institution deeply invested in the prospect of structural change in the food system, and our grocery store is simply one outlet through which we make that happen. The Food Collective is deeply engaged in the prospect of educating around organizing literacy, whereby our organization can leverage our mass ranks of volunteers to have structured one-on-one conversations in the community about larger food systems issues. This can happen in person, over the phone, or even over social media platforms like Instagram. The Collective has built out some of these structures already, and is interested in developing them further, ensuring they’re used regularly, and that leaders within our volunteer membership are built up to support in their execution. Curriculum for our member volunteers and our leadership about structure-based organizing will be essential in inviting helpful critique and ideas about how to improve the program, as well as improve the outcomes of the programs themselves. This position will involve crafting some of this curriculum and facilitating more structured learning opportunities in workshop settings and beyond.

Operations Intern

Financial education, sales reports, analytics & insight generation (30%) Critical to our operation as a democratic organization is the transparency, intelligibility, democratization, and utilization of our collective’s financial health and insights insights. This means sending out sales and financial reports at regular intervals to our 135+ person membership, most of whom have no formal financial analytic experience. Thus, our financial reports are also educational in nature: not only will this intern be taking the time to introduce basic concepts of organizational financial literacy into their reports, they’ll also be tasked with developing basic insights & analytics from the numbers and sharing how they were produced with our members. These data are critical to enabling our members to decide on how the organization is collectively managed throughout. Central to the Operations position is the understanding, maintenance, and monitoring of our financial performance as an organization. This involves learning the basics of accounting, co developing our organizational budget with other staff, taking on some or all of our accounts payable & accounts receivable, developing and analyzing sales projections, collating data for grants and community partners upon request, contributing to our Annual Report, and more. Our educational nonprofit is physically manifest in our 1,000 square foot retail grocery store on Bancroft, staffed entirely by volunteers co-managing the enterprise. It is a rare prospect, to see an organization as operationally complex as ours to be so thoroughly volunteer-run. Our operational schema must be inclusive of the efficiency we need to keep things simple enough to run with volunteers and accessible enough to be operated by a constant stream of newcomers. The Operations Intern will be in charge of several projects ? some self-directed ? engaged with the improvement of or addition to the storefront, and may be tasked with facilitating a small committee of member-volunteers to carry out some of this work.

Volunteer Management and Engagement Intern

This element of the interns work will focus on two time horizons. Firstly, the intern will be responsible for bottom-lining along with our Membership Director the recruitment of a membership from across the campus community capable of effectively actualizing a politics representative of the broader campus community. This will include updating materials and communications for different student communities, along with developing further strategic partnerships with different campus communities traditionally excluded from food spaces. Secondly, the intern will bottomline a year-long process of evaluating and consulting on our existing membership structure. The Food Collective Board has expressed interest in altering the membership incentive and responsibility framework to be more responsive to the needs of students across a broader swath of campus. This will necessitate quantitative and qualitative surveying to understand the desires of members and non-members alike, along with ? with ample support of additional staff ? basic financial modeling to understand the different effects of variable discount rates for our members. It will also require coalition and partnership building with campus and non-campus entities, including other food cooperatives across the country that use similar member-volunteer models. Member-volunteers are at the core of the work we do at the Food Collective, and we want to make sure that their experience is not only enjoyable, but also educational on didactic and experiential fronts. That is to say, we strive at the Food Collective to make the operation of an actual business accessible and educational. Accessibility-wise, we need to ensure that members feel well-taken care of and appreciated. This means working with vendors to ensure ample donated food is available for members to snack on during their shifts, members are kept in touch with the going-ons of cross-Collective work through regular bulletins, and are celebrated in events that will be taken on in tandem with the Membership Director. The Collective also prides its foundation in education for its members, and we maintain a robust curriculum for our member-volunteers to take part in during their time at the Collective. This includes more didactic programming, like our student-developed, student-facilitated workshops: “Food Collective: Past, Present & Future,” and “Privilege & Oppression at the Food Collective.” The latter of these workshops involves multiple cooking demo sessions and is best executed with active support from Member-facing staff; this intern will be involved in whatever capacity they are comfortable with. Experiential education happens primarily in the realm of committee work; each committee is led by a volunteer Board Director-Coordinator. This intern would serve as a resource for Board members and committee members alike, synthesizing and disseminating the different work happening within the Collective and providing them with resources, including project management resources.

Building Blocks for Kids

Building Blocks for Kids

Outreach Intern

Interns will learn the process of coordinating classroom activities, fundraising, and leadership skills as they learn how to be independent in their work and when speaking to business partners.Interns will be mainly helping the program outreach to donors and potential business partners. Interns will take their own efforts to research and integrate marketing strategies to help fundraise the MORE program. Our MORE program has a semester-long curriculum we are always looking to make better. Interns will work on proposing different strategies to improve the MORE weekly assignments, scholarship assignments, and other assignments. Interns will also support social media management via LinkedIn, Twitter, BBFK Blogs. Interns will contribute to these through written blogs. We are also open to new forms of social media that interns are comfortable with. Interns will learn to pitch in ideas and create their own deadlines and assignments that will benefit the program. This can range from reaching out to higher-ups, leading a call, or finding a grant. Intern work schedules are flexible: 8-10 hours a week. Intern meetings are on Mondays and a one-on-one meeting with the supervisor every week. Interns will be able to decide their own work time as long as they complete their tasks on time. Screen reader support enabled. Successful intern candidates are an ability to thrive in a collaborative remote work environment, strong and open communication skills, open-minded and goal-oriented, being adaptable, flexible, and resilient. Additionally candidates should know their way around GSuite.

City of Berkeley

City of Berkeley General Information

Policy Research Intern

The intern will attend monthly City of Berkeley meetings where they will listen to community-wide issues and policy considerations. They will present their policy proposals to the Councilmembers when necessary. Additionally, they will take their knowledge from these meetings to help hone their policy writing skills and refine their proposals. At the end of the semester, they will present their project to the City of Berkeley. The intern will conduct research on a broad scope of issues, including housing, conservation practices, and public health. Research topics will be based on community concerns, and the intern will need to reach out to constituents in order to understand the full extent of the problems. In addition, they will need to conduct policy research to support and put together their project-based policy proposal. Councilmember Bartlett often hosts community events, including neighborhood walks, forums that bring together the community and the Berkeley Police Department, and other workshops. The intern help with the logistics of these events and will have the chance to speak/interact with community members. Interns should be organized, have strong interpersonal skills, and be able to handle phone calls/meetings with constituents.

Rent Board Policy Intern

The intern will attend monthly Rent Board meetings where they will listen to community complaints, rent board cases, and speak on behalf of the student body when appropriate. They will use their knowledge from these meetings to help with their housing-related project. At the end of the semester, they will present their project to the Rent Board. The intern will research housing-related policy issues, which will culminate into numerous policy proposals. Research topics change on a month-to-month basis and are subject to community input. The Rent Board hosts numerous events/workshops throughout the year to inform constituents about things such as earthquake insurance, subsidies for home improvement, and renter rights. At these events, the intern will have the ability to present their policy research and collect more information for their housing-related project. The intern will prepare informational pamphlets, email newsletters, and brochures that will require them to summarize rent board meetings/events for constituents. The content must be easy to understand and provides the intern an opportunity to share with the community what they are researching on/their progress. Interns should be organized and have strong interpersonal skills. Additionally, working at the Rent Board requires the ability to read through legal documents.

City of Richmond

Richmond Rent Program

Community Mapping/Assessment Intern

The intern will support a mapping project. The intern will map properties with more than one dwelling unit and identify properties that are not in our database. Additionally, an intern will help identify, strategize, and conduct outreach to properties where there have been numerous code violations indicating habitability problems. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in visual data analysis/display (especially GIS!), be attentive to detail and interested in working with professionals in various city departments (Rent Program, IT department, etc.) A dedication to successful project outcomes, interest in community engagement and developing engagement strategies as well as Fluency in Spanish is a major plus! Interns will learn how to engage with members of the public on sensitive topics such as housing stability, learn how to work with professionals in public service to deliver outcomes such as maps, reports, etc and how to achieve compliance with a complex law.

City of San Pablo

San Pablo CA Youth Services

Community Mapping Intern

Interpret community assessment data with the goal of creating funding priorities that are reflective of the community needs. Support the development of the Team For Youth (TFY) Request for Proposals (RFP) for the City’s school-based grant program by drawing from past RFPs and RFPs developed by other cities. Support the creation of an Evaluation RFP. Participate in staff evaluation planning conversations to design a multi-year evaluation plan that aligns with the Team For Youth RFP priorities. Work schedule is flexible. Fall schedule would be remote, and Spring TBD. Staff is currently working 100% remote.Proficient in MS Word and PPT Advanced Excel skills (use formulas, create budget templates, track expenditures) Detail oriented Work well independently Strong organization skills Strong writing skills Multitasking ability Public speaking Preparing presentations. Intern will learn how to create a funding allocation plan based on community needs assessment data. How to develop an RFP, and become familiar with the entire process start to finish. How to design an evaluation, and how evaluation aligns with grantmaking.

Community Education Partnerships

Community Education Partnerships

Intern

Intern’s main focus will be supporting our shelter based academic programs for Pre-K through 12th grade students. The intern will support CEP’s programs through: – Outreach to potential community partners – Translation of key materials – Research on student homelessness and high-mobility – Electronic and physical record keeping – Supporting matches between trained volunteers and students – Social Media – Other duties as assigned. The intern will support CEP Community Events such as our volunteer trainings, family engagement activities, volunteer thank you events, and fundraisers. Assuming that K-12 schools are open for in-person instruction, we would like the Children’s Learning Center Intern to concentrate their hours during our program?s hours of operation, Monday-Friday, 2 pm – 7 pm. Within that range, we are able to offer a lot of flexibility. There is also the possibility to work some hours remotely. We are looking for an intern who is dedicated to the mission of CEP and believes every child deserves the support and tools they need to achieve academic success. Additionally, we would like the intern to have prior experience working or volunteering with Pre-K to 12th grade students, be responsible, a self-starter who is able to take initiative, someone who is accountable without the need to be micromanaged.

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant 

East Bay Sanctuary Covenant

Intern

The intern will play a leading role in coordinating EBSC?s volunteer program. This includes: outreach, interviewing and onboarding new volunteers; pairing volunteers with EBSC staff members based on their skills and interests; maintaining communications with current volunteers regarding staff needs and EBSC events; and keeping the volunteer contacts, handbooks and training materials up to date. Support Community Development and Education Director, Manuel De Paz, in coordinating his program. This includes all stages of planning and running virtual and, later, in-person events, such as TPS community forums and various workshops for our client population, such as tenants? rights, workers? rights, financial planning, etc. Interns will help with outreach via text message and phone calls; technical support to help clients access the virtual meetings; and any setup and takedown for any in-person events. Interns will also support Manuel with coordinating his ESL and Citizenship classes. They will also support Manuel?s community organizing and advocacy campaigns to support a path to permanent residency for people with TPS and DACA and protecting asylum law. This would include helping to coordinate outreach to participants in legislative visits and passing local city council resolutions.

Hamilton Families 

Hamilton Families

Intern

There will be a high level organizational project focused on training staff on the impacts of poverty and strategic interventions aimed at interrupting the cycle. Take lead on a poverty project. Assess organizational programs and departments to understand the level of knowledge and understanding of the effects of poverty on the population of service. Work schedule will be flexible. Interns should have knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), knowledge of and experience using common search engines such as Chrome and Firefox, ability to work independently on assigned projects, confidence to ask questions and acknowledge need for support when necessary, ability to collaborate with other program staff on specific tasks and projects, strong ability to effectively communicate needs and school-related priorities, an interest in grassroots nonprofit work, and an interest in homelessness in the Bay Area. Interns will gain experience and knowledge about challenges and barriers associated with family homelessness; client-centered approaches to support families with goal setting and finance management; and community organizers and stakeholders involved in ending homelessness in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Local Government and Community Relations 

Berkeley Office of the Chancellor: Government and Community Relations

Intern

Preferred work schedule is 3-4 hours/day, 2 days a week, as well as 2-3 evening events per semester. Intern should possess strong research and writing skills, professional-level experience with Google Suite and/or Microsoft Office, the basics of the Adobe Design Suite, ability to communicate effectively with diverse communities as well as professional staff and students, strong project management skills, ability to work efficiently to meet deadlines, flexibility to adjust to changing priorities, ability to work independently and as part of a group, and experience with social media and community outreach. Experience with event planning and management as well as web and/or graphic design experience is also appreciated. In this internship, the Local Government and Community Relations Intern will hone their professional development skills (including project management, targeted research, communication, and outreach); understand and learn to cultivate town-gown partnerships as well as those between students and their neighbors; and gain better understanding of issues and policies surrounding student-neighbor relations as well as the impact that off-campus living has on the community and city services. The intern will experience the inner workings of a government relations office and learn how to administer a grant and become familiar with the many community-campus partnerships that seek to improve the lives of Berkeley residents and students.

 
Oakland Literacy Coalition 

Oakland Literacy Coalition

Program Intern

The OLC is currently planning its first literacy symposium, “With Literacy & Justice For All”. Interns will work behind the scenes to assist with the development and execution of this event targeted at 300+ attendees. Responsibilities include event planning, communications, and organizing. We are a Monday-Friday organization with occasional weekend opportunities. We would like for interns to be available all days but specifically on Wed. & Thurs. as these are days of our quarterly/member meetings. Also, our fall symposium will fall on a Thur. & Fri. Students will learn about : * Coalition work and community organizing around the area of literacy for marginalized youth * Students will gain experience in CRM databases such as Salesforce, Kind, and Give Lively *Students will become more familiar with the policy and advocacy work in relation to urban Title 1 schools.

Root and Rebound

Root & Rebound Reentry Advocates

Administrative Support Intern

The intern will help with phone coverage, taking messages, etc. The intern will also support relationship building by learning CRM databases. The intern will also support outreach to clients and service providers through created content and phone outreach. Business hours are 9am-5pm. Only requirement that we have is that the intern is available to work on Friday. A successful candidate will be passionate, interested in working on behalf of social justice and criminal justice issues. A self-starter that also enjoys collaborating with other departments. Extremely organized, with a strong attention to detail. A strong and confident writer, especially as it relates to external and community-facing emails Reliable, yet flexible and adaptable to changes and new opportunities Comfortable working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. Familiar with Google Suite. A direct and clear communicator. Able to speak conversational Spanish.

Youth Spirit Artworks

Youth Spirit Artworks

Social Enterprise Intern

This intern would work with YSA’s social enterprise business, the Shaunice Kiel Gallery, as a project. They would help with program design, and work directly with homeless youth leaders to plan upcoming shows, merchandising, and events for the gallery. This includes working to ensure the smooth running of a social enterprise business connected to a social services program for homeless youth. The intern will help with training and working with homeless and low-income youth to run the store the way they want it, as well as working on poetry open mics and more events to make sure the gallery space is used to its full capacity. The intern’s work schedule is flexible. They may make their own schedule within YSA’s operating hours, Monday-Friday 12:30 PM to 6:30 PM. We are looking for an intern who is interested in learning more about business and social enterprise. The ideal candidate would enjoy working with youth and be passionate about the issue of homelessness. Through this internship, the student will learn about how to run a social enterprise model business, organizing volunteers, and gain experience working directly with homeless and low-income youth.

Youth Empowerment Intern

Intern duties include working with homeless and low-income youth on college applications and their personal and vocational goals; working on supporting upcoming events related to Asé poetry open mic, Tiny House builds, and special events; and helping outreach to related organizations or the faith community for volunteers to support YSA’s youth and core program. The work schedule is very flexible. Our program is open 12:30 – 6:30 Monday through Friday, and the intern can work at whatever time within that window works for them. We are looking for someone with experience working with diverse communities, who cares about housing issues, and enjoys working with young people. Through this internship, the student will gain experience working directly with homeless youth, organizing communities and volunteers, and policy work related to funding, grant writing and City Council.