Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center { University Advancement }

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Internship Program - Eligibility Criteria & Guidelines

Prospective Willie L. Brown Interns are expected to be committed to pursuing careers in public service and contribute to more diverse perspectives in local government, public policy and national affairs. The following are more specific criteria and guidelines:

  • Must have overcome challenges and/or barriers in your pursuit of a college education, such as: economic hardship, documented learning disability, documented physical disability, learning English as a second language late in life, foster care, political strife, first person to attend college in your family, other.
  • Must be enrolled in SF State at the time of the application and the internship.
  • Must have completed at least 90 units of college credit.
  • Must have a G.P.A 3.0 or higher at the time you apply for the internship.
  • Be available to work at assigned internship 16 hours/week for the 15 week semester.
  • Be available to enroll in a seminar that meets once per week for 15 weeks (Mondays from 4 – 7 pm at San Francisco City Hall).
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be willing to represent the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center as an intern and alumnus, and participate in the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center’s tracking program to access student progress and eventual job placement.

Application Requirements:

  1. Official college transcript that includes your entire college history, grades, and GPA.
  2. Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from an SFSU faculty member.
  3. A hard copy of your resume.
  4. Three essays, of 2 pages each, that directly address the questions below:.  
    • Describe the barriers you have had to overcome in your pursuit of a college education, be specific.
    • What is it in your personal background that has influenced you to want to work in the public sector?
    • Describe the courses that will help you to be successful in a public service internship. Also, describe relevant activities.



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