Internship Program - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the goals of the Willie L. Brown Internship Program?
The overarching goals of the Willie Brown Internship program are to help students from diverse backgrounds recognize that they can be leaders who can effect change in society and to prepare them for this role and responsibility. The program provides outstanding upper division students at San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a fifteen-week intensive semester program, combining practical experience and professional development by giving students the opportunity to experience and then discuss the mechanics, politics, and challenges of local government within the context of an academic seminar.
What is expected of Willie L. Brown Interns?
(1) Complete a 15 weeks with a local government agency or organization;
(2) Attend a 15 week professional development seminar;
(3) Meet with a mentor as needed;
(2) Pursue a public service related career;
(3) Represent the Willie Brown Leadership Center as an alumnus of the Internship Program.
What kind of careers does the Willie L. Brown Internship prepare you for?
The Willie Brown Internship Program prepares interns for jobs in the public sector, particularly in local government. Some interns will choose to work in non-profits or the private sector focusing on public service oriented projects or contract work for the government, typically in consulting or financial firms that perform contract work for the government or other public-oriented projects. Others will choose to go to pursue graduate degrees in Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Planning, Finance, Engineering, Law, as well as other fields. Often, Willie Brown interns will choose to pursue law degrees, typically as a joint major with public policy.
What public agencies or organizations are affiliated with the Willie L. Brown Internship Program?
The Willie L. Brown Internship Program aims to work with a wide range of public agencies and organizations. We reach out to the following public agencies and organizations to find internship placements for our students: Arts Commission, Asian Art Museum, California Academy of Science, City Attorney, Commission on the Status of Women, Department of Children, Youth, and Families, District Attorney, Department of the Environment, Department of Parking and Traffic, Department of Public Health, Department of Public Works, Entertainment Commission, Film Commission, Fire Department, Human Rights Commission, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, MTA, Office of City Administrator, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Office of the Mayor, Planning Department, Port of San Francisco, Public Defender, Public Utilities Commission, Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco International Airport, Treasurer/Tax Collector.
Why do you only accept college seniors?
This requirement is designed to ensure that Willie L. Brown interns will be in a position to accept a paid position in local government directly after their internship experience.
Can I receive academic credit for being a Willie L. Brown intern?
All Willie L. Brown interns are required to register for the professional development seminar which meets weekly for 3 hours. The course is AU 600 for which students receive 3 units of college credit.
What qualifications do you look for when selecting Willie L. Brown interns?
There are a variety of factors that are important in the selection process. Selected interns are able to demonstrate an interest in: understanding how local governments function, pursuing careers in public service, addressing the challenges faced by local governments, promoting diversity in professional practice, and becoming future leaders who are committed to improving quality of life in cities. All other factors being equal, a student from an economically disadvantaged background will receive extra consideration. No applicant will be disqualified on the basis of their income status and there is always socio-economic diversity among Willie L. Brown interns.
Can you send me additional information about the Willie L. Brown Internship Program or add my name to a mailing list?
All information related to the Willie L. Brown Internship Program, including the application, is posted on the website. If you wish you speak to someone about the program, please contact the Program’s Director, Professor Raquel Pinderhughes; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.