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					                                    Cal in Local Government Internship Program
                                            Current Internships 2011-2012
Site: City of Albany
Issue Areas: City Government, Environmental Resources/Climate Action Plan Policy and Events
Site Description: The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council as the administrative head of the City of Albany municipal government.
The City Administrator is responsible for policy implementation and management of the day-to-day operations of the City, which includes
implementation of the City of Albany’s “SEED” program (Sustainability, Environment, & Economic development).
Summary: Assist the City to implement its Climate Action Plan by working particular focus areas: Create and implement a voluntary transportation
demand management program to reduce weekday peak period single occupancy commute and school trips. Specifically, assist with determining the
feasibility of an Albany-specific social networking platform to facilitate community participation in carpool and vanpool programs. Coordinate with
511 agency to help facilitate program implementation with local employers. Work with planning team for Albany's Arts & Green Festival and assist
with event preparations including coordination with "green" programs for the community.
Intern will…
     •     Do feasibility analysis and development of social networking platform for local transportation opportunities. Coordination with 511 agency
           staff and local employers to implement.
     •     Assist with event planning for Albany's Arts & Green Festival. Coordinate with planning committee.
Intern should have
     •     Knowledge of online social media and how to create new media.
     •     Knowledge of climate change issues/environmental issues.
     •     Computer skills, analytical, writing, and public engagement skills.
     •     Organization and attention to detail.
     •     Ability to work in coordination with others and also independently.
Preferred schedule The City of Albany is quite flexible in terms of work schedule. Ideally, the intern would be available sometime between the
hours of 9-4pm during the week.

Site: Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission (2 positions)
Issue Areas: Human Rights, Peace, Social Justice, Racism, sexism, homophobia, environmental justice, immigrant rights, social safety net, workers
rights, and disability rights
Site Description: The role of the Commission is to advise the Berkeley City Council and the Berkeley Unified School Board on all matters relating to
the City of Berkeley's role in issues of peace and social justice. The Commission is mandated to:
• Help create citizen awareness around issues of social justice and develop educational programs for implementation by the City Council and the
School Board.
• Help develop proposals for the City Council and the School Board for actions in furtherance of the goals of peace and justice, and help publicize
such actions in the community.
• Hold public hearings and community forums on issues that fall within the charge of the commission, and call on appropriate witnesses to provide
pertinent information.
• Initiate and encourage research programs to collect and assess information relevant to the functions of the commission including the effect of the
arms race and military spending on funding for City and school programs and on the quality of life for citizens of Berkeley.
• Develop ways to resolve conflict which do not involve violence is spent on fulfilling human needs and the promotion of peace
Intern(s) will…
      •     Action research: interview people affected by the cuts researched in Intern
      •     Research what federal, state and local programs have been cut in recent budgets
      •     Community organizing: Network with community-based organizations and progressive leaders from city and regional governments and
            academia
Intern should have…
      •     Commitment to social change activism
      •     Competent research skills through both traditional objective methods and interview/survey process
            Strong computer skills especially MS Office and Internet search
      •     Self-starter who takes initiative
      •     Willingness to be a community organizer, to get out and talk with people
Preferred schedule We will have a regular weekly meeting of interns with supervisors and expect that interns will schedule their remaining
committed time to work independently or in groups

Site: Berkeley Unified School District (3 positions)
Issue Areas: Board/District Policy, Data and Evaluation, Resource Allocation,2020 Vision / Community Outreach
Site Description: Berkeley Unified School District is a K-12th Grade District serving the City of Berkeley. Our Mission and Goals can be found at
this link: http://www.berkeley.net/uploads/school_board/2010fall/District_3_year_Goals_10-13.pdf and can be summarized with the goal of closing

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the achievement gap while improving academic achievement for all students. The Intern(s) would be specifically working with the Superintendent's
Office, the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Office with a focus on K-12 student achievement, successful programs and related policy and
resource alignment related to the goals. The BEA department coordinates a range of assessment and evaluation activities, including - Beginning of
year class profiles for teachers of grades 1-9; Data reports for Principals and School Governance Councils; Data reports for Superintendent, School
Board and District Office; Data presentations to School Board and other groups; Support and analysis of district-wide formative assessments
Maintenance of data warehouse (Datawise); Professional development series open to all BUSD employees. The population served includes over
9,000 students with the most significant populations being 24% African American, 21% Hispanic / Latino and 31% White.
Intern will…
     •    The intern(s) will assist the Superintendent, Governing Board and/or Director in researching District Policy and alignment to Program
          Implementation/Evaluation
     •    The intern(s) will work with the Director to develop as a leader as well as working collaboratively with district leadership
     •    The intern(s) will work with the Director of Evaluation and Assessment to analyze the cost-benefit of programs / policy to student
          achievement
     •    The intern(s) will be invited to participate in and help to build the Community Outreach program to assure we are meeting the needs of the
          Berkeley Community
Intern should have:
     •    An interest in Education and experience in data analysis.
     •    Experience / Interest in program policy
     •    Budgets is desirable but can be taught
Preferred schedule Intern schedules would follow the University and District calendars with the goal of 8/hrs a week for a total of 200 hours. The
Intern schedule is flexible and would be arranged with the Intern Supervisor. We will be able to work successfully with 3-5 interns.

Site: Office of Government & Community Relations, UC Berkeley
Local Government and Community Relations serves as the link between the University of California, Berkeley, and its neighbors — residents,
business and civic organizations, and local government agencies — in the City of Berkeley and the Bay Area.
Being a good neighbor and a valued member of the community is one of the University's highest priorities. We work to enhance relations with a wide
range of constituent groups - promoting mutual understanding, coordinating the campus's response to local public policy issues, and helping members
of the community access the University's many resources. See http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu
Issue areas: Student-Neighbor relations
Intern will…
     •    Intern will help coordinate and evaluate various campaigns sponsored by the Chancellor's Advisory Council on Student-Neighbor Relations
          including the Cal Move-In and Move-Out programs.
     •    Intern will assist with short-term projects that arise in the course of the office’s work plan, including assisting with the Chancellor’s
          Community Partnership Fund.
     •    Intern will assist with developing original content for Cal Neighbors, the office’s quarterly e-newsletter. Tasks will include writing articles,
          conducting research and interviews, etc. Journalism experiences a plus.
Intern should…
     •    Have excellent communication skills
     •    Be motivated, creative and professional; ability to work independently
     •    Have ability to handle sensitive and confidential material; attention to detail
Preferred schedule…
Interns should be available to work Monday and/or Wednesday between 10am and 4pm. Interns must commit to no less than 3 hour shifts per day.

Site: District 4, City of Berkeley: Legislative Aide (Councilmember Jesse Arreguin) (2 positions)
The District 4 City Council Office represents the geographical area containing most of downtown Berkeley, beginning at Oxford Street just west of
campus. Councilmember Arreguin is the first Latino to be elected to the Council and is the youngest Councilmember in recent memory. The mission
of our Council office to is to 1) serve the needs of the residents of District 4 and 2) actively advocate for progressive policies that effect social and
economic justice.
Issue Areas: Affordable Housing, Social Justice, Sustainability
Intern will…
     •    The intern will be researching and drafting various council items dealing with a range of policy issues.
     •    Attend/Plan community events
     •    The intern will be attending, when possible, various community events/meetings with the Councilmember in order to meet the community
          with whom we work
Intern should have…
     •    Excellent communication and writing skills
     •    Initiative and thoroughness
     •    Motivation
Preferred schedule…
     •    There are no specific times and days when an intern is needed since we can be flexible with student schedules, however, fewer days are
          fine if it is possible to dedicate larger, continuous blocks of time.




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Site: District 5, City of Berkeley: Intern (Councilmember Laurie Capitelli)
Issue Areas: public education, supportive services for homeless and underserved, local arts
Site Description: Attend to needs of residents living in Berkeley City Council District 5 which includes the northwest corner of Berkeley, bordered
by the cities of Albany, Kensington, and Spruce and Vines Streets in Berkeley. Laurie Capitelli focuses on making it easier for small and locally
owned businesses to establish and thrive in Berkeley. He feels strongly that assuring a broad economic tax base in the city is the only way to
maintain the city’s infrastructure and the many services and programs that benefit all Berkeley’s residents. He was an active participant in the
crafting of the City/Berkeley Unified School District 2020 Vision Initiative to close the achievement gap in Berkeley’s public schools by the year
2020.
Intern will…
      •    Intern would conduct an inventory of the residential vacancies in the city of Berkeley. This would be a collaborative project between the
           District 5 office and the City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development.
      •    Currently, there are many long term residential rental vacancies in the city of Berkeley. We would like an intern to help us:
           1) assess the number of these rental properties and
           2) ascertain and analyze the reasons these properties remain vacant
      •    Research duties would include a combination of in office meetings, on line research, on the street inventorying and interviews in person
           and by phone.
Intern should have….
      •    Qualities: Motivated, shows initiative, curious, open minded, good sense of humor, able to take
           direction.
           Skills: Good interpersonal skills, knowledge of Excel and Word.
      •    Experience both the legislative and staff sides of Berkeley city government.
      •    Develop meaningful job skills.
      •    Develop real understanding of rental housing market in Berkeley.
Preferred schedule: Flexible hours. Intern will need to coordinate schedule with supervisor, who will be managing intern and project.

Site: District 7, City of Berkeley: Legislative Intern (Councilmember Kriss Worthington) (2 positions)
District 7 encompasses much of UC Berkeley’s campus, as well as a significant portion of Southside.
Issue Areas: Affordable housing, environment and transportation
Intern will…
     •     Draft council items
     •     Conduct policy-related research for local issues
     •     Assist with constituent communications
     •     Help with matters related to Council business, including attending potential Council and community meetings
     •     Learn how to draft and submit a city council item , the complexities of working with a 9-member council, and understand how the City of
           Berkeley works as an entity
Intern should have…
     •     Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
     •     A passion for helping disadvantaged communities
     •     The ability to take initiative and be thorough
Preferred schedule…
     •     Availability on Mondays and Tuesdays is preferred, with additional hours Wednesday-Friday, 9AM-5PM

Site: District 8, City of Berkeley: Research Intern (Councilmember Gordon Wozniak)
The District 8 City Council Office represents the geographical area east of College Avenue and south of UC Berkeley, which includes many students
living in UC residence halls, fraternities, sororities, co-ops, and apartment buildings. One area of particular interest for Councilmember Wozniak is
environmental sustainability in public policy. The Councilmember sits of the County’s Waste Management Authority, which deals with local
recycling and garbage policy. The council office has dedicated much effort over the last couple of years to improving recycling in the city and has
helped student housing groups improve their recycling programs as well. The District 8 office is also very interested in improving energy efficiency
of buildings and homes; past interns have worked on energy efficiency research and projects to help residents improve the efficiency of their homes
and apartments. Councilmember Wozniak would like to further explore ways that local government can help combat climate change and is interested
in finding motivated student interns to work on these issues. Councilmember Wozniak thinks that constituent feedback and input is vital to ensuring a
democratic process and likes to use technology in order to solicit the viewpoints of a broad range of Berkeley residents. He would like to expand
upon his use of online web forums and newsletters to reach out to his various constituencies, both long term residents and students alike.
Issue areas: Environmental Sustainability, City Council Redistricting, Citizen Participation & Outreach Technology & Government
Intern will…
      •    Every 10 years, the City of Berkeley reviews its Council district boundaries to account for shifts and changes in the population. This
           redistricting process is based on the population figures provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2010 Census, Berkeley’s
           population is 112,580, an increase of almost 10,000 people. The population shifts during the 2010 Census within each district are
           significant enough to require new district boundaries. Members of the public are invited to submit their own redistricting plans and
           participate in the redistricting public hearings and a group of UC Berkeley students is working on a proposal to create a student
           supermajority council district. Over the fall session, the City Council will review citizen redistricting proposals and eventually approve new
           city council district lines. Councilmember Wozniak would like a student intern to help analyze and review these proposals, and contribute
           their perspective to the process.
      •    An intern will need to be familiar with the items that City Council will be discussing and voting on at meetings so it will be important to
           attend a few City Council meetings over the course of the internship. Regular Council meetings are usually held every other Tuesday of the
           month at 7 PM and an intern should attend a couple of meetings during the semester to get a better feel of how Council meetings are run.
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     •     The Berkeley City Council often deals with difficult and complicated issues that affect the City and residents. Councilmember Wozniak
           depends on the research of office staff and interns on particular topics as they come before the council. Past CLG interns have researched
           cell phone antennae radiation, crime trends in Berkeley, as well as instant run-off voting. Additionally, if there's a particular topic of
           interest to student that is relevant to the City Councilmember Wozniak
Intern should have…
     •     We are looking for undergraduate students who have good writing and research skills and are able to work independently, under general
           supervision.
     •     Students of all majors are encouraged to apply.
     •     We look forward to working collaboratively with a creative and motivated student.
Preferred schedule…
Interns are scheduled to work in the office Monday through Thursday, between 9AM - 5 PM, depending on their class schedule and availability.
Ability to attend a couple of evening public meetings over the course of the internship is expected.

Site: City of Berkeley Mayor’s Office
Issue Areas: intergovernmental relations
     Site Description: A project will be assigned depending on the interests of the intern. Our mission in the Mayor's office is to provide the public
     the services that they need and to produce progressive legislation that fits the needs of a diverse community.
     Intern will…
     •    Interns are required to go to at least 3 council meetings during the school year. Also, they are welcome to staff the mayor at community
          events
     •    Provide Administrative help. i.e answering phones and correspondence, drafting documents and memos.
     •    Constituent Services. Coordinating with other Council office on requests and forwarding them to the appropriate department.

Intern should have
     •   An individual who is able to connect to people and is able to analyze and think critically.
     •   They should thrive in a fast paced environment whilst giving attention and care to the task at hand
Preferred schedule Two 4 hour shifts. One in the Morning (9-1) and Afternoon (1-5). This depends on their schedule.

Site: Housing & Community Services Department, City of Berkeley
Issue Areas: Affordable housing, homelessness, and community services
Site Description: The City of Berkeley’s Housing and Community Services Department operates a broad range of affordable housing and community
service programs, with particular emphasis on serving Berkeley’s low income residents. The Housing Policy Intern will work in the Office of the
Director with all three divisions of the Department:
• Community Services and Administration, which includes the department’s financial and administrative functions, and spearheads the allocation and
administration of local, state, and federal funding for community agency contracts, which total about $7.5 million in the current fiscal year. Planning,
funding, monitoring and operating homeless service and housing programs are major activities of the division.
• Housing Services, which includes Housing Trust Fund financing for affordable housing development, the Rental Housing Safety Program (housing
code enforcement), and the City’s Inclusionary Zoning program.
• Aging Services, which provides direct services for Berkeley seniors including the operation of 3 senior centers.
Intern will…
     •    Develop inclusionary housing monitoring tools. First, develop a database of all Inclusionary Homeownership Properties in Berkeley for use
          as a tracking system. This will involve identifying properties based on departmental records, researching property information with the
          County Recorder’s office, and contacting current owners to confirm property/ownership information via questionnaire and/or phone calls.
     •    Second, update the existing database of Inclusionary Rental Properties: The intern will need to review inclusionary housing agreements
          executed between property owners and the City and add, correct, or confirm the number, type, and affordability of each unit in the
          database. The intern will also review each development’s monitoring file for completeness, and work with the County Recorder’s office,
          Planning Department, and property owner to obtain any missing information or documentation. Completing this project accurately and
          completely will require developing an understanding of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, its implementation, and related real estate
          information.
     •    Draft Administrative Regulations for Inclusionary Housing. Once the intern has completed work on the Inclusionary Housing monitoring
          tools, s/he will work with staff to develop administrative regulations for the program. Administrative regulations typically provide the
          details on how a policy will be implemented and enforced. The City has not yet formalized Inclusionary Housing Ordinance procedures
          into administrative regulations (AR). The intern will research ARs from other communities, and organize and compile emails and other
          information about current practice into draft administrative regulations.
     •    Other policy projects as time allows. As time permits, the intern will also assist in other Housing and Community Development Department
          policy projects as they arise. For example, the intern may assist with the development and implementation of the City’s new affordable
          housing mitigation fee, research Berkeley’s population that meets the federal Limited English Proficiency (LEP) criteria or other
          demographic questions, or research topics in homelessness.
Intern should have…
     •    An interest in learning more about housing, community services, and the operation of local government
     •    An ability to maintain a consistent schedule and communicate about needed variations in schedule
     •    Ability to follow through independently on assigned tasks and request assistance as needed
     •    Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
     •    Good attention to detail and organizing skills
Preferred schedule The supervisor will work with the intern to identify a regular weekly schedule of 8 hours within an 8:00 – 5:00 Monday to Friday
workweek. Please note that City offices are generally closed the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month as a cost saving measure.
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Site: City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Program (2 interns)
Issue Areas: Tenant rights, compliance, housing policies
Site Description: About the City of Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board and Program
In June 1980, Berkeley residents passed the City's comprehensive rent stabilization law, known as the Rent Stabilization and Eviction for Good
Cause Ordinance. (Berkeley Municipal Code Chapter 13.76.) The Ordinance regulates most residential rents in Berkeley, provides tenants with
increased protection against unwarranted evictions and is intended to maintain affordable housing and preserve community diversity. The Rent
Stabilization Board, composed of nine elected commissioners, enacts regulations, hears petition appeals and administers a program to implement the
Ordinance. Rent Board staff provide information and counseling to landlords and tenants, calculate and certify individual rent ceilings, conduct
administrative hearings and issue decisions on landlord and tenant rent adjustment petitions, collect registration fees, and maintain a database of
registered rental units. Owners of rental property covered by the Ordinance are required to register their units with the Board by filing registration
statements and paying annual registration fees, which cover the program's cost.
Rent Board’s Mission Statement
The mission of the Rent Stabilization Board is to regulate residential rent increases in the City of Berkeley and to protect against unwarranted rent
increases and evictions and to provide a fair return to property owners. The Board works to ensure compliance with legal obligations relating to rental
housing; and to advance the housing policies of the City with regard to low and fixed income persons, minorities, students, disabled, and the aged.
Intern will…
     •     Interns will attend a series of educational workshops on housing and rental law. Interns will also be given weekly questions to answer,
           which will require policy and legal research.
     •     Interns will be expected to shadow housing counselors during phone and in person counseling sessions. These shadowing sessions will give
           interns an inside understanding about how to provide housing couseling. Interns will also develop their leadership skills by developing and
           leading peer-group presentations on rental housing law.
     •     Interns will be asked to perform various forms of community outreach including a community presentation, work on development of a
           Facebook page, and development of a specific outreach product.
     •     Development of first time renter's guide/packet for Berkeley students.
Intern should have…
     •     We are looking for mature, responsible, enthusiastic interns who are interested in learning about landlord/tenant laws and learning about
           mediation and dispute resolution skills.
Preferred schedule….tbd

Site: Commissioner, Berkeley Rent Board
Issue Areas: Affordable Housing Tenant Rights Eviction Protections Seismic Retrofitting Sustainable Housing Neighborhood Stabilization
Foreclosure Prevention
Site Description: The Rent Stabilization Board, composed of nine elected commissioners, enacts regulations, hears petition appeals and administers a
program to implement the Ordinance. Rent Board staff provide information and counseling to landlords and tenants, calculate and certify individual
rent ceilings, conduct administrative hearings and issue decisions on landlord and tenant rent adjustment petitions, collect registration fees, and
maintain a database of registered rental units. Owners of rental property covered by the Ordinance are required to register their units with the Board
by filing registration statements and paying annual registration fees, which cover the program's cost.

In 1995, the California legislature enacted the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which suspends rent control following a qualifying vacancy and
reinstates it for a new tenancy. (Civil Code section 1954.50, et seq.) For the transition period between January 1, 1996 and December 31, 1998,
owners were allowed to set new rents within prescribed limits. Now, under full "vacancy decontrol," owners may set a market rent for most tenancies
beginning on or after January 1, 1999. The rent charged a new tenant becomes the new rent ceiling. Owners must register new rents with the Rent
Board and may increase these rents for a sitting tenant only by an annual general adjustment or an individual rent adjustment granted through the
Board's petition process.

Intern will…
     •    Policy research is the bread and butter of what we do. Interns will be introduced to a challenging and extremely fulfilling set of policy
          analyses on issues such as the Relocation Ordinance, Fee Waivers, Anti-Harrassment Ordinance, and Affordable Housing Fee. There is
          tremendous potential for face time between the intern and fellow elected officials and staff as a result of the intern's analysis of the nuances
          in these policies and ability to report them out.
     •    Interns are encouraged to attend and participate in the public comment of Rent Board and subcommittee meetings, as well as meetings I
          attend that are closely related to my work (e.g. City Council, Housing Advisory Commission, face-to-face meetings with state assembly
          members, other electeds, and community leaders). In addition, I work with interns to plan several community events over the year. Past or
          pending events include the Foreclosure Resources and Awareness Workshop and participation in Calapalooza and at other student
          activities.
     •    Leadership development is a key component of the program. I want to make sure that I support the intern's goals, whether it be to expand
          their horizons of policy understanding, run for office, or anything in between. A critical component of the internship involves exposure to
          other elected officials, staff, and community leaders who can collectively imbue the intern with a network of contacts and help develop
          their leadership skills. I am always available to assist the intern as she/he navigates the policy and political spaces of the East Bay.
     •    Initiatives that are related to my duties as a commissioner and how I disseminate information to constituents (e.g. web design, new media
          strategy development, constituent services) can be introduced into the internship program if the intern has the interest or would like to
          practice these skills.

Intern should have
     •   Most importantly, an interest in affordable housing or broader equity goals.
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     •    Familiarity with policy analysis or prior experience working in a legislative office is a plus, but not required.
     •    Skills required to be effective at Rent Board work can be gained over the course of the internship
Preferred schedule Hours are flexible with the exception of mandatory weekly internship team meetings Sunday nights (date and time can be
adjusted to meet intern's schedule). Optional meetings include attending Rent Board and subcommittee meetings (generally held weeknights after
5pm) and visits with other elected officials (generally held weekdays during normal business hours).

Site: Oakland Fund for Children and Youth, City of Oakland
Issue Areas: Youth, local social, economic, cultural and political issues
Site Description: The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) was established in 1996, when Oakland voters passed the Kids First! Initiative
(Measure K), an amendment to the City Charter, to support direct services to youth under 21 years of age. In a special election in 2009 Measure D
replaced Measure K and reauthorized funding for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth for an additional twelve years (2010-2022). Measure D
(formerly known as Measure K) sets-aside 3% of the City's unrestricted General Fund and requires a three-year rather strategic plan to guide the
allocation of funds.
Intern will…
      •     The CLG intern will assist in data collection and analysis to contribute to a needs assessment showing issues and factors facing Oakland's
            youth as well as highlighting community assets. The intern will also conduct policy research on other local, regional and national
            initiatives, and will catalog best practices of youth serving public and non-profit agencies to inform and direct strategies for OFCY's
            funding in 2013-2016.
      •     The CLG intern will assist with preparations and presentations at the OFCY's Performance and Oversight Committee (POC) and its'
            Strategic Planning subcommittee. The intern will also assist with community meetings and events to engage Oakland leaders, residents,
            parents, youth providers and other stakeholders to inform strategy development. The CLG intern will analyze and catalog findings from
            these meetings and disseminate information to our POC and subcommittee.
Intern should have ….
      •     We will need an intern who is detailed-oriented and has a sharp analytical mind for extensive data analysis and data management.
      •     We are looking for an intern that has a good understanding of the local social, economic, cultural and political issues, and is able to work
            successfully with a diverse assortment of individuals and groups.
      •     Strong written and visual presentation skills are highly desirable, as is an individual who is able to work quickly and meet deadlines.
      •     The CLG intern will have an opportunity to learn the elements of strategic planning, especially conducting a needs assessment and
            community engagement; public policy development; and the evaluation processes used to determine the effectiveness of our strategic
            investment of nearly $10M annually to improve children and youth outcomes in Oakland.
Preferred schedule There are no mandatory days for work required. Our preference would be for the CLG intern to work 1-2 days a week rather than
split the time up their 8-10 hours/week over more days, and to eventually establish a regular work schedule based on the student's class schedule.
OFCY hosts public meetings in evening hours and it would be expected that the CLG host and attend a portion of these meetings as part of their
duties.

Site: Oakland Public Works Agency – Training, City of Oakland
Issue Areas: Management Development Training & Organizational Development, Media, Social Media & Public Information/Education/Outreach,
Safety Training & CalOSHA Compliance
Site Description: Oakland Public Works (www.oaklandpw.com) has overview, mission, organization chart and program descriptions. The PWA
Training Office (1 FTE)is a small part of the Agency, responsible for: Safety compliance & training of employees (700); Media
relations/response/press releases/press events/public education & outreach/ Agency communications team/social media/ website & social media for
four departments. "Audience" is both internal agency director & 3 levels of management; City Administrator’s Office of Communication; Mayor
Quan's Communication Office; and the general public. The first project would be a new management development training program for our 99
supervisors & managers - classes, curriculum, resources - from design to delivery in phases, for small groups. The second major project is as a
member of the Agency Communications team, to help research & design, and ultimately produce new social media techniques to expand the public
education/outreach our agency has (& needs), with an ultimate goal of having a successful bond measure passed by the voters in November 2012.
Intern will…
      •    Management Development Project - working closely with me to develop a training series of 15-20 topics, pertinent to our current
           management staff, as mandated by our Agency Director, to research/design/edit/review/collaborate with others. Then we will present the
           training, do the evaluations, revise and teach others to be the trainers for the next group
      •    Including presenting, facilitating, attending training - community includes internal management staff, agency employees, and general
           public for media projects & events
      •    In this highly diverse office, I am saving 10% to see what comes our way that we have not heard about yet~ could be writing a
           communications strategy for the agency; could be deigning a voter campaigning on the bond measure.... Wait & See!
Intern should have…
      •    Good writing skills (accurate & accessible)
      •    Use of technology (Microsoft Office Suite)
      •    Use of Internet/web/social media
      •    Fast learner; responsible; responsive; good communicator; team player
      •    Able to work independently as well as on a team; savvy about how people learn
      •    Interested in how to help adults engage - learn - change & expand their capacities as leaders
      •    Interested in media
      •    Good use of social media now
Preferred schedule…. Flexible schedule. Monday-Friday, 10 am - 4 pm depending on intern needs. 8 hours per week could be 1-3 days as desired.
Oakland also has a set of business closure days scheduled. We could mutually determine the schedule each month.

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Site: The City of Oakland’s Public Works Agency, Business and Information Analysis Division
Issue Areas: Public Works, GIS, Asset Mgmt, Infrastructure Management
Site Description: Plans, builds and maintains Oakland’s physical and environmental infrastructure for the residents, businesses and visitors of the
city, making it a sustainable and desirable place to live, work, invest and visit.
Intern will:
      •   Reconcile different sets of data so that Public Works can effectively manage its assets (e.g., streets, parks, trees) based on an accurate
          inventory of information.
      •   Use GIS tools to analyze and visualize problems in a way that helps drive policy decisions. For example, identify areas with more problems
          than others, so action can be taken.
Intern should have:
      •   GIS experience a plus.
      •   Detail oriented, analytical, attention to detail.
      •   Strong interpersonal communication skills.
      •   Excellent ability to learn and use software (particularly ArcMap)
Preferred Schedule: Flexible.
Site: The City of Oakland’s Public Works Agency (8 positions)
Issue Areas: Sustainability, Environmental Services, City projects, Green Building, Energy use
Site Description: Looking for an internship opportunity where you can work on important, interesting projects and contribute to local sustainable city
goals?

The City of Oakland’s Public Works Agency – Environmental Services Division offers a small number of unpaid internship positions to help the City
accomplish important projects and provide interns with valuable work experience. Interns will be given a specific work plan and the coaching to
develop products that not only assist the City, but that can become showcase projects on your resume.

Title: Sustainable Oakland - Green Fleet Intern (1 position)
Intern will…
The City of Oakland is looking for a volunteer Green Fleet intern to start in fall 2011 to help advance retrofit and replacement activities aimed at
greening the City’s vehicle fleet. The City adopted a Green Fleets policy in 2003 and is committed to improving the fuel efficiency and
environmental performance of its large fleet of vehicles and equipment.
     •    The Green Fleet intern will support these goals by working with City fleet staff to conduct research, perform analysis and develop fleet
          improvement scenarios, funding proposals and data management systems.
     •     The Green Fleet intern will also support the City’s participation in an upcoming project through which the City is receiving three new
          electric vehicles and charging units.
     •    With vehicle retrofit and replacement needs mounting and external funds available for more fuel efficient vehicles, this project has great
          potential to improve the City’s operating budget and ability to provide services while also reducing environmental impacts from one of its
          largest areas of internal operations. Skills and experienced gained in this project will be transferable to green operations positions in other
          companies and institutions.

Intern should have …
     •   Preference will be given to volunteer interns with any of the following skills: research, technical analysis, policy analysis, economic
         analysis, modeling, report development, project management, and proposal writing.
     •    Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
         independently and collaboratively.
Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily located at the City’s Municipal Services Center located at 7101 Edgewater Drive, which is accessible via AC
Transit.

Title :Sustainable Oakland – Urban Forestry Intern
Intern will… The City of Oakland is looking for a volunteer Urban Forestry intern to start in fall 2011. Oakland’s urban forest provides a number of
community benefits (e.g., aesthetic, mitigation of air and water pollution, urban heat island reduction, economic). The City of Oakland is looking for
a volunteer intern to analyze its existing urban forest, develop potential future urban forest scenarios, and provide policy and operational
recommendations to guide proper urban forest management decisions.
     •    This intern will research and analyze Oakland’s existing urban forest, primarily through the use of GIS and aerial photographs. Using tools
          such as iTree, the intern will analyze the costs, benefits and maintenance needs associated with existing street trees, other public space
          trees, and (to a lesser extent) trees on private properties.
     •    The intern will develop potential future tree planting and urban forest scenarios, along with comparative analysis of costs and benefits
          across a range of criteria.
     •    The intern will also research urban forest resources and management practices in other jurisdictions and develop policy and operational
          recommendations for the City of Oakland regarding tree maintenance.
     •    Work products will include maps of potential urban forest scenarios and a recommendations report.

Intern should have
     •   No prior experience with iTree is necessary, but at least one GIS course and the ability to learn new software will be critical.

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     •    Preference will be given to volunteer interns with GIS skills and any of the following skills: advanced GIS, iTree, Google Maps, research,
         knowledge of tree issues, technical analysis, policy analysis, graphic design (esp. Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, project
         management, economic analysis, and proposal writing.
     •   Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
         independently and collaboratively.
Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily located at the City’s Municipal Services Center located at 7101 Edgewater Drive, which is accessible via AC
Transit.

Title: Sustainable Oakland – Solar Strategy Intern (1position)

Intern will… The City of Oakland is creating a new volunteer Solar Strategy internship to start in fall 2011. This position will involve assisting the
City in evaluating options and advancing the installation of solar energy systems on City government facilities, as well as advancing community solar
program development.

     •    In collaboration with other local governments, the City is hoping to move forward with a project that would install solar panels on a
          number of City facilities. The Solar Strategy intern will play a lead role for the City on this project, performing basic analysis to determine
          solar potential on City facility rooftops, identifying and gathering data, interfacing with project partners and developing a basic scope of
          work for the project.
     •    This intern will also work with the Green Outreach intern to develop a menu of solar energy options available to Oakland residents and
          businesses. Options available to residents and businesses currently include:
               o purchasing and installing solar panels on site,
               o leasing and installing solar panels on site,
               o purchasing a ‘share’ of a solar energy from panels being installed elsewhere, within or outside of the community, and other
                     options.
     •    This intern will develop a menu of options to guide Oakland community members in how to go solar through these various options. They
          will also assist City analysis of various new community solar program models being developed by local companies and organizations.

Intern should have
     •   Preference will be given to volunteer interns with any of the following skills: research, technical analysis, policy analysis, graphic design
         (esp. Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, website development, editing, GIS & Google Maps, project management, economic
         analysis, and proposal writing.
     •    Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
         independently and collaboratively.
Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily located at the City’s Municipal Services Center located at 7101 Edgewater Drive, which is accessible via AC
Transit.

Title: Sustainable Oakland – Bike Parking Intern (1position)
Intern will…
     •    The City of Oakland is seeking a volunteer Bike Parking intern to start in fall 2011 to help document all publicly accessible bike parking
          racks in Oakland.
     •    This intern will spend a significant portion of their time riding throughout the community to develop an accurate assessment of bike
          parking racks.
     •    The intern will receive lists of known bike rack locations by neighborhood, photograph each rack, ensure that the racks are still securely
          installed, and add any racks that are not on the list. Back in the office, the intern will add data and field notes to the City’s bike parking rack
          database.
     •    This data will then be used to develop operational recommendations for the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities program regarding
          where additional bike parking racks are needed to support an increase in biking in Oakland.
Intern should have..
     •    Successful interns will have the desire and capability to spend a significant portion of their time outdoors identifying bike parking racks
          throughout the community.
     •    Preference will also be given to interns with any of the following skills: research, photography, bicycle knowledge, graphic design (esp.
          Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, GIS & Google Maps, and project management.
     •    Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
          independently and collaboratively
Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily located at the City’s Municipal Services Center located at 7101 Edgewater Drive, which is accessible via AC
Transit.

Title: Sustainable Oakland -Green Building Intern (1 position)
Intern will…
The City of Oakland’s new Green Building Ordinance for Private Development took effect Jan 1st, requiring all new and renovated homes and
buildings in Oakland to meet green performance criteria (see www.oaklandgreenbuilding.com).


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The City is looking for a volunteer Green Building Intern to work on a combination of the following projects related to green building
implementation:
     •    1) Oakland green building recognition program;
     •    2) Aligning the City’s green building ordinance with State green building codes;
     •    3) Completion of a training guide for building permit counter staff to guide their implementation of the City’s green building ordinance;
     •    4) Updating poster-sized case studies in the City’s Green Building Resource Center;
     •    5) Recommending updates to the City’s green building ordinance to integrate Bay Friendly landscaping; and
     •    6) Updating and evolving the City’s online Green Buildings Green Map.
Intern should have…
     •     Preference will be given to volunteer interns with any of the following skills: green building knowledge, research, technical analysis,
          policy analysis, graphic design (esp. Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, website development, editing, GIS & Google Maps,
          project management, economic analysis, and proposal writing.
     •    Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
          independently and collaboratively.
Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily based at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, next to City Hall in downtown Oakland.

Title: Sustainable Oakland – Advanced Street Lighting Intern (1 position)
Intern will…
The City of Oakland is currently seeking a volunteer Advanced Street Lighting Intern to start in fall 2011 to help guide the City’s implementation of
advanced street lighting technologies. The City of Oakland maintains approximately 35,000 street lights over 806 miles of City-maintained streets.
New advanced street lighting technologies can dramatically improve energy efficiency and quality of light while creating significant cost savings to
the City and associated benefits such as improved public safety. The City is ready to move forward to replace its existing street lights with more
advanced technology, and needs to develop a strategy for doing so to maximize benefits to Oakland.

     •   This intern will perform research and analysis to determine the costs and benefits (e.g., maintenance costs, average life, energy use, light
         output, quality of light) of various advanced street lighting technology options currently available to the City.
     •   Using modeling tools developed specifically for street lighting analysis, the intern will analyze a range of scenarios involving potential
         application of each technology on various representative segments of streets in Oakland.
     •   Working with City street lighting staff, the intern will ultimately develop a set of operational recommendations regarding the best way to
         upgrade existing street lights throughout Oakland to take advantage of advanced technology.
Intern should have …
     •   No prior experience with these modeling tools is expected, but the intern must be proficient in learning new software and have good
         analytical skills.
     •   Preference will be given to volunteer interns with any of the following skills: green building knowledge, research, technical analysis, policy
         analysis, graphic design (esp. Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, website development, editing, GIS & Google Maps, project
         management, economic analysis, and proposal writing.
     •   Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
         independently and collaboratively.

Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily based at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, next to City Hall in downtown Oakland.

Title: Sustainable Oakland - Green Outreach Intern (1 position)
Intern will…
     •    The City of Oakland is looking for a volunteer Green Outreach intern to start in fall 2011. The City has identified a number of sustainable
          city goals and recently drafted an Oakland Energy and Climate Action Plan outlining actions the City and members of the community can
          take to help reduce climate impacts and achieve sustainable city goals. The Green Outreach intern will support these goals by developing
          and delivering outreach throughout the community. Potential projects include:
     •    Developing sustainability-themed education and outreach messaging and materials;
     •    Identifying opportunities to perform outreach during the project period and to integrate outreach into ongoing City activities;
     •    Recommending design and content improvements to the City’s website and social media sites;
     •    Developing a community climate action guide;
     •    Translating outreach materials into multiple languages;
     •    Developing outreach materials to support environmental stewardship programs such as Creek-to-Bay Day; and
     •    Developing sustainability training materials for internal organizational use (e.g., energy education for City staff).

Intern should have..
     •   Applicants should have good written and verbal communication skills
     •   Enjoy applying new messages and materials through direct interaction with the public.
     •   Preference will be given to volunteer interns with any of the following skills: green building knowledge, research, technical analysis, policy
         analysis, graphic design (esp. Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, website development, editing, GIS & Google Maps, project
         management, economic analysis, and proposal writing.


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     •    Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
          independently and collaboratively.

Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily based at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, next to City Hall in downtown Oakland.

Title: Sustainable Oakland – Zero Waste Intern (1position)
Intern will…
      •     The City of Oakland is looking for a volunteer Zero Waste intern to start in fall 2011 to develop a system to improve the reuse and
            recycling of City goods and materials that would otherwise be disposed in landfill. With approximately 4,000 employees and more than
            100 significant properties, the City government possesses a great deal of material property. Unwanted surplus material accumulates in
            various forms over time (e.g., office supplies when employees retire, extra construction materials after a project has been completed).
      •     The City wishes to create a system to ensure that these materials are reused and recycled whenever possible to avoid sending material to
            landfill. An improved waste reuse system will help the City to meet its zero waste and climate protection goals.
      •     This intern will work with City recycling staff to develop an internal operating procedure and coordination tool to help staff identify reuse
            and recycling opportunities for surplus goods, furnishings, etc. The goal is to create a procedure that compels staff to recognize these
            opportunities, and makes it easy for them to redirect these materials to reuse and recycling opportunities.
      •     This project will be informed by a similar project that has been implemented by the City of San Francisco, which involved the creation of a
            ‘virtual warehouse’ to make surplus assets available to other departments prior to their disposal.
Intern should have…
      •     Preference will be given to volunteer interns with any of the following skills: research, technical analysis, policy analysis, graphic design
            (esp. Adobe Suite), layout, document publication, website development, editing, project management, and proposal writing.
      •     Experience in any of these areas is very desirable, as are candidates who can take an interdisciplinary approach and work both
            independently and collaboratively.
Preferred schedule Most successful volunteer interns work a minimum of 10 hours/week, mostly during regular M-F work hours, for at least 6-8
weeks. This position will be primarily based at 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, next to City Hall in downtown Oakland, but will involve participation
(e.g., tabling) at occasional community events throughout the city to promote local green resources and opportunities.

Site: Port of Oakland
Issue Areas: State and federal advocacy; transportation; public policy; energy and environment
Site Description: The Port of Oakland is responsible for managing the third-busiest seaport on the West Coast, 19 miles of commercial waterfront,
including Jack London Square, and the Oakland International Airport, which serves nearly 10 million passengers per year. The Governmental Affairs
Department oversees interactions with a wide range of elected officials, appointed officials, regulatory agencies, and business/community groups that
have an interest in the Port of Oakland's three lines of business.
Governmental Affairs interns work closely with the Governmental Affairs full-time staff on projects across all business lines. This work includes
legislative analysis and advocacy, special projects coordination and implementation, outreach to stakeholders at the local, state and federal levels in
order to garner support for Port initiatives, and assisting with other duties such as briefings and tours for elected officials.
Intern will…
     •     Do legislative research, analysis, and assistance with advocacy initiatives. Preparation of bill analyses for our executive team, state and
           federal lobbyists, and preparing research on business and/or trade initiatives that may be of assistance to the Port's business lines.
     •     Special Projects Advocacy and Implementation: the Port currently has a number of funding initiatives currently underway, with an
           emphasis on transportation, environmental enhancement, and renewable energy, and the intern would assist in ensuring that the Port is
           well-positioned to receive funding for such initiatives.
     •     Tour and briefings: The Port hosts state and federal elected officials and staff on a regular basis to provide briefings on port and airport
           operations, answer questions, and provide a local context for current legislative initiatives. Interns work with the Governmental Affairs
           team to ensure that these meetings are a success
     •     Other duties as needed. We all work as a team to pitch in to carry out the functions of the department and for assignments that come up
           with short notice and little or no lead time
Intern should have…
     •     This is a fast-paced department and we are looking for someone who is inquisitive, outgoing, and can work well as a member of a small,
           dynamic team.
     •     Most importantly, the intern is interested in public policy and the political process.
Preferred schedule There are no mandatory days in which an intern would be required. Ideally, the intern would be able to commit to a regular
schedule of two (2) half-days per week.




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