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

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Internship Program

The Willie L. Brown Internship Program provides outstanding upper division students at San Francisco State University (SFSU) with a fifteen-week intensive semester program that focuses on preparing students from diverse backgrounds to understand how local governments function, exposes them to meaningful careers in public service, and brings their talent and energy directly into the city agencies and institutions that are addressing challenges faced by local governments. The program is built on four pillars: academic excellence, professional development, leadership, and service in the public sector. The overarching goal of the program is to help students recognize that they can be leaders who can effect change in society and to prepare them for this role and responsibility.

The program selects outstanding upper-division SFSU students and places them in local government agencies and organizations engaged in work that is relevant to their professional aspirations. Interns work part-time in these agencies for 15 weeks. During this time, they receive a stipend and 3 units of credit for their enrollment in a professional development seminar. The program combines 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. Because many SFSU students work to afford school, it is often financially prohibitive for them to take advantage of the practical experience and valuable professional contacts gained through an internship. This is why the Brown Center is committed to providing a stipend for each intern who is selected to participate in the program and to enhancing each student’s financial literacy.

Willie L. Brown Interns receive the following benefits:

  • On-the-job work experience in a San Francisco city agencies and organizations
  • A $2,000 stipend
  • 3 units of academic credit for enrolling in AU 600, a required professional development seminar
  • Mentorship


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