Internship Program

Overview
One of the best ways to learn the inner workings of government and your community is through a State Assembly internship program. Assemblymember Shirley Weber is looking for bright, self-motivated, energetic individuals that are interested in learning the dynamics of working in a legislative district office. Assemblymember Shirley Weber represents the California's 79th Assembly District, which includes the cities of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego.

Description
Among the chief roles of a district office is to keep the local community connected with the legislative work taking place in the State Assembly in Sacramento. This is accomplished through community-based events, constituent casework, correspondence and everyday involvement with the community of the 79th Assembly District. As an intern you will be prepared to provide support to staff with special events, constituent services, and special projects related to general administrative duties of the district office. The goal is to establish a workable and mutually beneficial relationship between the legislator and the intern.

Desired qualifications
The ideal candidate must be enrolled in an educational program upon the start of your internship. The ideal candidate will have an interest in public policy, community organizing, political science, economics, English, communications, public relations or a similar area of study or career path.

Essential duties include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines simultaneously
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Active involvement in monitoring District and State issues, current events and relevant legislation
  • Assist in research and planning of upcoming events and projects
  • Provide accurate and complete information in response to constituent inquiries and community issues
  • Assist with and maintain office procedures, routine correspondence, telephone inquiries and special projects
  • Develop clear knowledge and understanding of principals, functions, practices and operations of the California State Legislature
  • Assist with responding to a variety of constituent inquiries and issues
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

Transportation and other expenses are the responsibility of the intern.

Benefits
Although unpaid, interns receive important benefits like working directly with elected officials, community leaders and local residents on issues and events related to the 79th Assembly District. Interns may also qualify for internship credit from their university or school, as well as earn a letter of recommendation from the Assemblymember.

How to apply
Please e-mail, mail, or fax resume, cover letter, application and writing samples to the District Office.

District Office:

1350 Front Street
Suite 6046
San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: (619) 531-7913
Fax: (619) 531-7924
E-mail: lashae.collins@asm.ca.gov

Successful candidates will be expected to intern between 8-14 hours a week. Positions are based on availability. Internship terms will be determined based on availability and needs of the district office.

Possible Curriculum/Projects

  • Learn the legislative process and research pending legislation.
  • Intern selects policy area of interest for mock legislation that could be considered for Assemblymember Weber’s future legislative package.
  • Meet and greet with elected officials or community leaders about why they chose their particular line of work.
  • Accompany a group from the district that is traveling to the Capitol for a tour.
  • Maintain electronic and hard copy archives of news stories, press releases and other public outreach materials.
  • Assist in developing neighborhood committees throughout the 79th District, providing a conduit for constituent engagement.

Apply for one of the College or High School Internships that are available in the San Diego Office.

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For more information, please call (619) 531-7913.

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Please submit application with a resume cover letter and a writing sample. Resume should include education and paid employment history, extracurricular activities, and volunteer activities. List any awards, honors or publications.
Learning Objectives
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