Internships

Throughout the academic year we offer workshops, events and career advising and planning to all students in Communication Studies. 

Course Description

Prerequisites: Restricted to upper-division Communication Studies majors; COMM GWAR or equivalent. Students participate in a 120-hour internship at a University-approved organization that integrates Communication Studies theories, scholarship, and ethics with practical work experience. Additional focus includes career development and applying for employment. May be repeated for a total of eight units with four units counted toward major elective requirements. 

Additional Details

COMM 695 falls under the Major Elective Breadth Area and is worth four units. The class meets three times over the semester. An email will be sent out once you register for the class to give you the upcoming semester class dates. More details will also be provided in an introduction email after registration regarding the required paperwork for the class. COMM 695 is typically offered in fall, spring, and summer. 

If you are currently working 30-40 hours a week in a career that you are hoping to grow in, there is the possibility for your job to count as the internship component for COMM 695. Please email Paloma Mathern, Internship Director at amolap@sfsu.edu for more details.

About

All current Communication Studies Minors, Majors, and Graduate Students are invited to participate in the Career Preparation in Communication Studies Program.

If you attend at least two workshops or events sponsored by Career Services and Leadership Development (CSLD) and at least one field trip sponsored by the Communication Studies Internship Program you will be given the Career Preparation in Communication Studies Program Award. Please note that the Career Preparation in Communication Studies Program is not worth any credit or units. Offered in the fall and spring semesters. 

How to Sign-Up

There is no need to sign-up or register to be part of the program. All you need to do is attend at least two of the CSLD workshops or events and attend at least one of the Communication Studies Internship Program field trips this semester. At the end of the semester, you will receive an email if you have completed the requirements.

Fall 2021 Virtual Field Trip Schedule and Zoom Details

Details coming soon!

Past field trips have included San Francisco Opera, de Young Museum, Bleacher Report, 826 Valenica, Pandora, Salesforce, San Francisco International Airport, Hamilton Families, Port of Oakland, Livable City, and the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, LiveRamp, Change.org, Yelp, The Drake Institute, City & County of San Francisco, Youth Collaboratory, World Central Kitchen, Allison+Partners, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights and Product Plan.

About Career Services and Leadership Development (CSLD)

For the CSLD workshops or events, please be sure to the review their Events Calendar and RSVP to the workshops/events you are interested in attending using your Handshake profile. Please note that in order to qualify as a CSLD workshop or event, "Presented by CSLD" has to be part of the title. CSLD has also moved forward with hosting events online due to the recent Covid-19 pandemic. For more information, please visit the CSLD website.

Contact

If you have any questions, please contact Paloma Mathern, Director of the Communication Studies Internship Program by email at amolap@sfsu.edu.

Below you will find a list of the current community partners that are already University-approved and that students in COMM 695 have interned at previously:

  • af&co
  • Agile Supply
  • Associated Students (EROS), SFSU
  • Associated Students, SFSU
  • Athletics Department, SFSU
  • Back On My Feet SF
  • Badger Maps
  • Barry's Bootcamp
  • BAYCAT
  • bkr
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Brava!
  • Brilliant Corners Artist Management
  • Burton Snowboards
  • Career Services and Leadership Development
  • Charles Zukow Associates
  • City Surf Project
  • Commonwealth Club
  • Community Boards
  • CornerstoneSF
  • Dream Resource Center, SFSU
  • Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (De Young Museum)
  • Firematter
  • Flourish Agenda
  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
  • Hero Shop
  • JusticeCorps
  • Live Nation Entertainment
  • Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority
  • Mental Health Association of SF
  • Mills - Peninsula Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics
  • Mitratech Holdings
  • MMTB-Movie Making Throughout the Bay
  • Nihonmachi Little Friends
  • Noise Pop Industries
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Office of Transgender Initiatives
  • Orientation Center for the Blind
  • Project Glimmer
  • Rebuild South Sudan
  • Recess Collective
  • RockNEvents
  • Roxie Theater
  • San Francisco International Arts Festival
  • San Francisco Opera
  • San Joaquin County Public Defender's Office
  • Sports Basement
  • Sunset Service Super Lube
  • TFCU, ABS-CBN International
  • The Commonwealth Club of CA
  • Trusted Labs Inc.
  • Vowlà 
  • Yellow Carpet Kids Inc.
  • My City School

District Intern for Senator Scott Wiener

Job Description: Assisting staff in planning virtual press conferences and
community events; Researching and drafting responses for constituent
correspondence; Organizing community support for various legislative
proposals; Conducting policy research on issue areas of interest; Office administrative support including, greeting constituents, answering phones, data entry, and organizing press clips.

The internship will be remote, with the possibility of being
in-person depending on Senate regulations.

Requirements: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, both
written and oral; An ability to work independently and as part of a team; Highly detail-oriented and a willingness to adapt to new tasks; Experience with Outlook, Word, Excel, and Google Suite; A passion for public service, politics, and community work; Proficiency in Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, or Tagalog desired but not required Compensation: Our internships are unpaid but school and university credit are available.

Employer Name: Senator Scott Wiener
City / Location: 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14800, San Francisco
Website URL: https://sd11.senate.ca.gov/
Company Description: Senator Scott Wiener represents San Francisco and northern San Mateo County in the California State Senate. Elected in 2016, Senator Wiener focuses extensively on housing, transportation, civil rights, criminal justice reform,
clean energy, and alleviating poverty. He chairs the Senate Housing Committee and is Vice Chair of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus. He is the immediate past Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus. Before his election to the Senate,
Senator Wiener served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, representing the district previously represented by Harvey Milk. He also chaired the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Before taking public office, Senator
Wiener practiced law for fifteen years, including nearly a decade as a Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He also served in a number of community leadership roles, including co-chair of the San Francisco LGBT Community Center and on the national Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign.
Senator Wiener has lived in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood since 1997. He received degrees from Duke University and Harvard Law School and was a Fulbright Scholar in Santiago, Chile.

Application Process and Employer Contact:
Internship Listing: https://tinyurl.com/sd11-intern
Application: https://tinyurl.com/sd11-app
Deadline: Friday, July 30th at 5 p.m.

Interviews will be scheduled as applications come in.

District Representative and Intern Coordinator: Elisa Yeung, Elisa.Yeung@sen.ca.gov
Additional Notes:
Fall intern cohort: August-December
Spring intern cohort: January-May
Summer intern cohort: June-July

Internship start and end dates are flexible due to school start dates. Interns can continue interning after the cohort ends.

 

Communications & Administrative Coordinator

Job Description: The Communications and Administrative coordinator will be a key team member in our AJC San Francisco region. The coordinator will inspire and engage a broad range of stakeholders through communications, including social media, website, collateral, newsletters, email alerts, funder communications, and media relations, to effectively advance AJC’s global priorities. The coordinator will provide essential administrative support for our San Francisco regional office.

The Communications and Administrative Coordinator will perform his/her work while adhering to AJC’s core values: Respect, Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence, and Accountability.

Responsibilities: Oversee the creation and distribution of invitations, newsletters, messaging to our community, ads, collateral, advocacy campaigns, media quotes to various regional constituent groups to support our development and advocacy efforts. (In coordination with AJC SF staff and AJC’s global marketing and communications team).

Coordinate robust social media program, manage regional website, and generate regular local content to advance AJC’s advocacy priorities. Maintain Bay Area media contacts.

Maintain accurate database of constituents and contact management, as well as segmented lists for comprehensive outreach to the Bay Area and broader Northern California region. Keep apace of upgrades and changes to effectively utilize platforms to
track fundraising progress, propel fundraising outreach, and ensure synchronization with communications database.

Input and manage Raiser’ Edge tracking for donor contacts, events, and advocacy meetings, ensuring that the regional office’s overall staff efforts are tracked accurately.

Provide administrative support for AJC’s development goals and AJC’s virtual and in-person programs. This will include scheduling and organizing meetings and programs, robust online marketing, supporting vendor relationships and catering, volunteer coordination, assisting video production, registration, budgeting, and follow up communications.

Additional staff team responsibilities, as needed, to advance regional and office advocacy priorities and programs.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree required. 2+ years in related communications experience. Expertise with database and computer programs preferred, including the following: Microsoft Word, Excel suite, Raiser’s Edge (or comparable donor database), Eventbrite, Luminate, Teams. Experience with social media platforms. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills, with a diplomatic customer service orientation. Organizational and time management skills. Strong attention to detail and follow-through. Enthusiastic about joining a small, fun, dedicated and hardworking team. Familiarity with the Bay Area Jewish community desired.A strong commitment to AJC’s Jewish advocacy, international diplomatic and human rights mission.

Employer Name: American Jewish Committee (AJC)
City / Location: San Francisco
Website URL: https://www.ajc.org/sanfrancisco
Company Description: Founded in 1906, AJC seeks to enhance the well-being of the
Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values in the United States and around the world. Among Jewish advocacy organizations, AJC is the leader in the global arena. We are known for our unparalleled access to
diplomats, government officials, and faith leaders in more than 100 countries. In addition to our New York headquarters and Office of Policy and Diplomatic Affairs in Washington, D.C., AJC has offices across the U.S. and around the globe and maintains partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide.

AJC San Francisco is one of 24 regional offices in the United States that advances AJC’s global diplomatic advocacy efforts. The regional offices maintain the agency’s nationwide presence, attract leaders and donors to AJC, enhance the agency’s
influence with key local, national and international decision makers and stakeholders, implement advocacy initiatives at the state/local level, and establishes and nurtures community relationships.

The San Francisco region plays a particularly important role for AJC in many aspects of the organization’s work. San Francisco has the fourth largest Jewish population in the United States and hosts over seventy diplomatic missions. As a thriving innovation, business, academic and cultural destination, the Bay Area is a key region for building AJC’s strategic relationships.

Application Process and Employer Contact: Please submit your
application to: https://ajchr.wufoo.com/forms/r15bz4xt1vpis3a/
Additional Notes:
https://www.ajc.org/communications-administrative-coordinator

 

Business Development Intern

Job Description: Business Development Intern will be responsible for researching
leads, qualifying leads, outreach, and general coordination of efforts related to Maven’s business development team. Areas of focus are Pets and Home & Garden (75% of work), + Sports vertical research (25%).  Intern’s initial area of focus will be accelerating the recruitment of video content creators for www.PetHelpful.com and www.Dengarden.com - Intern will be looking for video content creators that display the ability to make evergreen videos on Pet and Home/Garden topics. Intern will reach out, propose partnership, and manage relationships to close. Intern will also assist in establishing a regular rhythm of social media posting and engagement on hubpages social media accounts.

Sports Vertical Research: Intern will assist sports business development team in research, status reporting, and traffic reporting.

Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Interest in technology and/or digital media fields.
  • Great time management skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask effectively.
  • Social media proficiency with focus on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube.
  • Expected to show initiative and meet deadlines.

Compensation: $15/hour
Employer Name: Maven
City / Location: Remote
Website URL: www.maven.io
Company Description: Maven is a technology platform that hosts content across a wide variety of verticals, featuring premium brands like TheStreet, Sports Illustrated, The History Channel, Maxim, Ski Journal, and many more.
Application Process and Employer Contact: applicant should reach
out to msolorio@maven.io - Matt Solorio
Additional Notes: Remote work, must be responsible.

 

Fall 2021 San Francisco International Arts Festival Internship Opportunities

Job Description: Grant Writing & Development Assistant This position requires working with the Festival director to research government and private foundation funding possibilities and deadlines and keeping the SFIAF database current. Responsibilities include compiling grant proposals for the Festival and individual artists for their respective Festival projects. A list of recent foundation deadlines is at the
following link: https://www.sfiaf.org/grant_deadlines_2021

Community Outreach Assistant
The Community Outreach Assistant shall work to develop and coordinate residency activities for artists participating in the International Festival, and help do outreach to and coordinate tickets for identified community interest groups to attend the
Festival. This position also involves signing up volunteers to work on the weekend of the Festival and tabling community outreach events.

PR & Marketing Assistant
Responsibilities will include writing press releases, interacting with the mass media, helping to develop, distribute and make follow-up calls on media releases and posting to online calendar websites and social media.

SFIAF Newsletter Editor
The person in this position is to be in operational charge of the SFIAF monthly newsletter that is sent via email to 13,000+ addresses and also shared via social media platforms. Responsibilities include writing one editorial story per month and gathering, choosing and preparing materials for event highlights to be contained in the newsletter. See a past newsletter at the following link:
https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloud...

Print and Online Graphic Designer
Hone your professional design skills developing flyers,
postcards, posters and graphics for artists participating in the spring 2021. Work with the Festival’s marketing team to build web-pages, email blasts, social media pages and promotions. See past work samples at the following link:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1tQ2ofQod6ZVal-eUgKucR4tyg5HWUJQH

Video Producer & Photographer
Utilizing SFIAF’s membership in the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), work with SFIAF’s PR team to edit and produce promotional videos and PSAs of artists performing at the Festival. Also work to post and promote videos and promotional
images on social media. See example at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpVCQCQztPg

Emerging Artist Programmer (half internship – 60 hours)
SFIAF is cognizant that ours is a dynamic business with younger artists constantly creating important and ground breaking new work that speaks to the socio-political moment. The role of the programmer is to lead a committee of SF State undergraduates to identify and recommend some of these artists for inclusion in
future Festival programs. See past recommendations at the following link:
https://drive.google.com/viewerng/viewer?url=http://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloud...

Requirements:
Internships: SFIAF is offering internship opportunities to undergraduates from San Francisco State University who are interested in gaining experience in marketing, promotion, fund development, production and arts administration.

  • The time commitment is roughly 8-10 hours per week for a 12-week period.
  • The preferred deadline to apply is August 27, 2021.
  • The dates of the internship are flexible between August 30 – December 17, 2021.
  • Most positions can be adapted to be partially remote / online.
  • For more details / questions send an email to andrew@sfiaf.org or call 415-399-9554.

Employer Name: San Francisco International Arts Festival
City / Location: San Francisco, CA
Website URL: https://www.sfiaf.org/
Company Description: Mission: The mission of the Festival is to embody an imaginative microcosm of the Bay Area’s arts community, to present innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness and understanding and to promote a
multicultural international performance platform that inspires local and global audiences. To fulfill its mission SFIAF actively seeks to promote diversity and equity, activism and advocacy, education and the free exchange of ideas through a multi-faceted
program.
Application Process and Employer Contact: For more details /
questions send an email to andrew@sfiaf.org or call (415) 399-9554.

 

Communications Intern

Job Description: Livable City seeks an intern to support the organization’s public relations efforts. Responsibilities to include: ● Assist with drafting press releases, social media postings, and newsletter content ● Update and maintain media list, research and identify new outlets ● Help coordinate approvals, reviews and publishing with staff and program partners

Requirements: Internship Requirements ● A minimum commitment of 8 hours per week virtually. ● A minimum commitment of 12 weeks (beginning on the candidate’s start date), depending on the candidate’s satisfactory performance. ● Complete a five-minute presentation at the end of the internship. Qualifications ● A commitment to Livable City and Sunday Streets mission and values. ● Excellent oral & written communications skills. ● Marketing experience or coursework ● Ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders, including media contacts and partner liaisons. ● Experience with Google Drive and/or Office Suite

Employer Name: Livable City
City / Location: San Francisco
Website: https://www.livablecity.org

Company Description: San Francisco’s urban land use policy and advocacy nonprofit Livable City works to create a city of great streets and complete neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, where public spaces are beautiful, well-designed, and well-maintained, and where housing is more plentiful and more affordable. Livable City runs the city’s open streets programs, Sunday Streets and Play Streets. These events bring communities together, promoting healthy living and active transportation to create vibrant, healthy, connected communities across the city through car-free streets.

Application Process and Employer Contact: Please submit a resume and cover letter, along with your general availability (which satisfies the 8 hours per week for at least 12 weeks requirement) to hr@livablecity.org with the subject line: 2021 Communications Intern. Please email us at hr@livablecity.org if you have any questions.

 

Summer 2021 Internships at the San Francisco International Arts Festival

Job Description: INTERNSHIP POSITIONS AVAILABLE Grant Writing & Development Assistant This position requires working with the Festival director to research government and private foundation funding possibilities and deadlines and keeping SFIAF database up to date. Responsibilities include compiling grant proposals for the Festival and for individual artists presenting their work at the Festival. Community Outreach Assistant The Community Outreach Assistant shall work to develop and coordinate residency activities for artists participating in the International Festival, and help do outreach to and coordinate tickets for identified community interest groups to attend the Festival. This position also involves signing up volunteers to work on the weekend of the Festival and tabling community outreach events. PR & Marketing Assistant Responsibilities will include writing press releases, interacting with the mass media, helping to develop, distribute and make follow-up calls on media releases and posting to online calendar websites and social media. Also managing and distributing the SFIAF newsletter, Print and Online Graphic Designer Hone your professional design skills developing flyers, postcards, posters and graphics for artists participating in the spring 2021. Work with the Festival’s marketing team to build web-pages, email blasts, social media pages and promotions. Video Producer & Photographer Utilizing SFIAF’s membership in the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), work with SFIAF’s PR team to edit and produce promotional videos and PSAs of artists performing in the October prototype. Also work to post and promote videos and promotional images on social media. Web Designer and Engineer (Paid Internship up to $2,000) SFIAF has developed a website with an application programming interface (API) and extract-transfer-load (ETL) capability. We use this process for automatically uploading artist information to both our website and the box office. We are looking to recruit an engineer who can operate and troubleshoot this system, and who is also html proficient so as to make edits to the front end of the site as and when necessary.

Requirements: Internships: SFIAF is offering internship opportunities to Communication Studies undergraduates from San Francisco State University who are interested in gaining experience in marketing, promotion, fund development, production and arts administration. • The time commitment is roughly 8-10 hours per week for a 10-week period. • The preferred deadline to apply is April 23, 2021. • The preferred starting date is June 1 through August 6, 2021. • Most positions can be adapted to be 75-100% remote / online.

Compensation: Unpaid for Academic Credit
Employer Name: San Francisco International Arts Festival
City / Location: San Francisco
Website: www.sfiaf.org

Company Description: Mission: The mission of the Festival is to embody an imaginative microcosm of the Bay Area’s arts community, to present innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness and understanding and to promote a multicultural international performance platform that inspires local and global audiences. To fulfill its mission SFIAF actively seeks to promote diversity and equity, activism and advocacy, education and the free exchange of ideas through a multi-faceted program presented at, and in collaboration with, the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. As a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic SFIAF is moving its entire operation out of doors. If San Francisco’s re-opening plans stay on course, there will be an outdoor program beginning in September 2021.

Application Process and Employer Contact: For more details / questions send an email to andrew@sfiaf.org or call (415) 399-9554.

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