We’re recruiting interns now through the end of the year for a PAID fellowship. Students, graduates, and those with commensurate experience looking to support social and civic justice policy advocates in Oakland apply now!


(Oakland, CA):
Make Oakland Better Now! is a grass-roots group of voters, volunteers, and policy advocates working together to make Oakland a safer, more prosperous home for everyone. Founded in 2003, we’ve researched, lobbied, and successfully campaigned for a number of new, impactful policies, including the city’s Rainy Day Fund, Measure Z and Operation Ceasefire​We conduct and communicate independent, high-quality research to educate voters on local policy implications and government action.

Areas of focus historically have been:

●  Public Safety

●  Public Works

●  Accountability and Transparency

●  Budgetary Responsibility

In 2018, the following issues were added:

● Homelessness

● Equity and Justice

Nonprofit and nonpartisan, MOBN! ​recently developed a strategic plan in 2019 to raise awarenessabouttheorganization. AdvancingMOBN!’s missionhasbeenagreeduponasthe next logical step in the strategy which the intern will support through various activities, including research topics related to current public safety and racial equity legislation, social media posting, blog writing, corresponding with board members, etc.

Core duties: The intern will work directly with the board President along with other board members. • Assist with a broad set of activities that support policy advancement at the local and state level, such as legislative research, city council meeting attendance, and memo drafting. • Complete research tasks as assigned, such as ​community policing background research; finding, organizing, and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data; and preparing memos, briefs, reports, and presentations. • Other administrative duties as assigned. Skills and Qualifications: We’re looking for an undergraduate or graduate student interested in the intersection of research, public policy, and communications. Commensurate experience will be considered in lieu of a formal degree.

The ideal candidate will possess: • Demonstrated knowledge of or experience working on education research, national reform efforts, policy and advocacy, federal/state policies and processes, or within the social justice or field. • Excellent oral and written communication skills. • Familiarity and experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analysis. • Strong computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office applications and social media platforms and scheduling (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hootesuite.)

To apply: Please submit a cover letter expressing interest in the position with dates of availability, your resume along with LinkedIn/Handshake profile, contact information e.g., telephone numbers and email addresses, for three references (including at least one academic or professional reference) and and a writing sample that highlights your communications, research or analysis skills.

There is a rolling application deadline for the summer 2020 internship cycle with the first being Friday, July 17, 2020. This is a remote position however, candidates from/with deep knowledge of the Bay Area preferred.

Please apply using this link. The stipend amount for part-time interns up to 20 hours per week is $2,000 maximum per month, based on experience and/or education.

If you have any questions, please email ​carrie@makeoaklandbetternow.org​. MOBN! is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

One response to “We’re recruiting interns now through the end of the year for a PAID fellowship. Students, graduates, and those with commensurate experience looking to support social and civic justice policy advocates in Oakland apply now!

  1. Marleen L Sacks

    Can you please post the strategic plan on your blog? Thanks.

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