Internship Opportunities

Legislative Internships

Description of duties: constituent correspondence, legislative research, press releases, and event planning.

California Assembly Member Jordan Cunningham

California State Senator Bill Monning

  • Internship opportunities are available for the academic year in the San Luis Obispo office. For summer internships, additional opportunities may exist in Senator Monning's other district offices located in Monterey, Gilroy and/or Santa Cruz.
  • To apply: Interested students should submit a cover letter and resume to the District Director, Nicole Charles, at the following address:

United States Congressmember Salud Carbajal

  • Contact: Mannal Haddad
  • 1411 Marsh Street, Ste. 205
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
  • Email:
  • Phone: (202) 225-3601
  • Website:
  • Note: Email resumes, cover letters, and references to Mannal or fill out the form online. Internships available in Washington D.C. or in the District offices.

United States Senator Kamala Harris

  • 112 Hart Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
  • Phone: (202) 224-3553
  • Website:
  • Internships are available in Washington D.C., Bay Area, Fresno, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego offices.

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein

  • 331 Hart Building
    Washington, D.C. 20510
  • Phone: (202) 224-3841
  • Website:
  • Apply online for internships in Washington, D.C. and in California: Click "For Students" tab, then click "Internships."
  • Internships are available in Washington, D.C., Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco offices.

The Maddy Institute

Capital Fellows Programs

The Panetta Institute for Public Policy

Federal and State Government Internships

Description of Duties:  special projects, research, press releases, and event planning.

White House Internship Program

  • Contact: Jake Schierloh or Beeba Mathew
  • Washington, DC
  • Email: intern_application@whitehouse.gove
  • Phone: (202) 456-4247
  • For application, visit
  • Please visit the website for additional information.

Office of Governor Jerry Brown

  • State Capitol, Ste. 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814
  • Phone: (916) 445-2841
  • Website:
  • Regional Offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, San Francisco
  • Please refer to the website for more information regarding the application process.

U.S. Secret Service

  • Office of Government and Public Affairs
    245 Murray Ln
    Washington, DC 20223
  • Phone: (202) 406-5708
  • Website:
  • Please refer to the website for more information regarding the application process.

Department of Defense

Department of State

  • Intern Coordinator, Recruitment Division
    2401 E Street NW, Room H518
    Washington, DC 20522
  • Website:
  • For more information on the program and how to apply, go to and click on Student Programs.

    U.S. Department of Transportation

    Congressional Research Service

    • Contact: Rosafelina Anzures
    • 101 Independence Ave, SE
      Washington, DC 20540
    • Email: 
    • Website:
    • View "Career Opportunities" for information and application procedures for the internship programs.

    City/County Government Internships

    Description of Duties: special projects, research, cross-checking, updating forms, administrative duties.

    City of San Luis Obispo

    City of Santa Maria

    City of Pismo Beach

    • Contact: Debra Garcia
    • Administrative Office
      760 Mattie Rd.​
      Pismo Beach, CA 93449
    • Phone: (805) 773-7928
    • Web:

    County of San Luis Obispo

    • Contact: Emily Jackson
    • Administrative Office, Room D430
      County Government Center
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
    • Phone: (805) 781-5026
    • Website:

    City of Arroyo Grande

    Criminal Justice Internships

    San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office - Victim Witness Assistance Center

    Please note that criminal matters handled by the District Attorney’s Victim/Witness Assistance Division are confidential and may involve graphic and highly sensitive information. Completion of an application and a formal background check are required prerequisites.


    Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office – Santa Maria Branch     


    Election & Campaign Internships

    Description of Duties: analysis of voter registration and election results, writing/presenting reports, working with/on precinct voter lists, organizing volunteers.

    San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party

    San Luis Obispo County Republican Party

    Project Vote Smart

    Interest Group Internships

    Description of Duties: research, administrative duties, public relations, etc.

    Arms Control Association

    • 1313 L Street, NW, Ste. 130
    • Washington, DC 20005
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (202) 463-8270
    • Website:
    • Internships are available in multiple disciplines. Please refer to the website for additional information.

    American Israel Public Affairs Committee

    • 440 First Street NW, Ste. 600
      Washington, DC 20001
    • Phone: (202) 639-5327
    • Website:
    • Please refer to the website for all information.

    Common Cause

    Project on Government Oversight (previously Center for Defense Information)

    • Contact: Liz Hempowicz
    • 100 G Street NW, Suite 500
      Washington, DC 20005
    • Email:
    • Phone: (202) 347-1122
    • Website:

    Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs

    • Contact: Sara McEwan
    • 1828 L Street NW, Ste. 710
      Washington, DC 20036
    • Email:
    • Phone: (202) 296-3920
    • Website:

    Greenpeace Summer Semester

    Institute for International Education

    • 530 Bush St., Suite 1000
      San Francisco, CA 94108
    • Email:
    • Phone: (415) 362-6520
    • Website:
    • Focus is on education, cultural exchanges, and international relations.

    Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

    • Contact: Crista Arias, Internship Coordinator
    • 1128 16th St NW
      Washington, DC 20002
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (800) 392-3532 or (202) 543-1771
    • Website:

    Sierra Club Magazine (SIERRA)

    Sierra Club Legislative Office

    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    • 1615 H Street NW
      Washington, DC 20062
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (202) 659-6000 or (800) 638-6582
    • Website:
    • Please refer to the website for application and additional information.

    Pre-Law Internships

    Description of Duties: client contact, legal research, office work, liaison with media, status reports from courts, research analysis.

    Government/Public Interest Internships

    California Rural Legal Assistance

    Senior Legal Services Project

    Family Law Clinic

    Lawyer Referral Service

    • Contact: Monica Rosecrans
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (805) 541-5505

    Women's Shelter Program (two-quarter commitment)

    Private Practice Internships

    Belsher, Becker, and Roberts (San Luis Obispo)

    Shell Beach Law Group (Shell Beach)

    • Contact: Brian Kreowski
    • 1435 Shell Beach Rd.
      Shell Beach, CA 93449
    • Phone: (805) 773-5661


    Coates & Coates, LLP (San Luis Obispo)

    James R. Murphy, Jr., Law Corporation (Arroyo Grande)

    Curtze Legal Offices (Arroyo Grande)

    Adamski, Moroski, Madden, Cumberland, and Green LLP (San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles)

    Hutkin Law Firm (San Luis Obispo)


    Stein, Casciola, and Galambos, LLP (San Luis Obispo) (Criminal)

    Judicial Internships

    Note: Students need at least a 3.2 GPA to be eligible for a judicial internship.

    San Luis Obispo County Superior Court (Paso Robles)

    Media Internships

    Description of Duties:  administrative, research, writing, and public relations.


    • Contact: Doug Barden
    • 1772 Calle Joaquin
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (805) 597-8404
    • Website:

    C-SPAN Internship Program

    • 400 N. Capitol St., NW Ste. 650
      Washington, DC 20001
    • Website:
    • Fall, Spring, and Summer terms available.

    Non-Profit Internships

    Description of Duties: communications, government relations, research, writing.

    American Red Cross

    Big Brothers / Big Sisters

    • Contact: Tatiana Abundis
    • 142 Cross St., Ste. 140
      P.O. Box 12644
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93406-3029
    • Email:
    • Phone: (805) 781-3226 x11
    • Website:

    California Rural Legal Assistance

    • Contact: Luis A. Solis
    • 1011 Pacific St., Ste. A
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    • Email:
    • Phone: (510) 267-0762
    • Website:

    California Youth Connection

    • Contact: Katie Robinson
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (805) 788-2807
    • Contact Katie Robinson for additional information about this opportunity.

    The Community Foundation of San Luis Obispo County

    Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

    Community Action Partnership (formerly known as EOC)

    • Contact: Dee Torres
    • 1030 Southwood Dr.
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    • Phone: (805) 541-6351 x822


    ECOSLO Vigilant Earth Advocate

    • Contact: Mary Ciesinski
    • 246 S. Higuera St.
      San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
    • ​Email:
    • Phone: (805) 544-1777
    • Website:
    • Email a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the internship position.

    Political Consulting Internships

    Description of Duties: communications, public relations, research, and writing.

    Meridian Pacific, Inc.

    • Contact: Rita Hosmann
    • 212 S. Main Street, Ste. 206
      Templeton, CA 93465
    • Phone: (916) 648-1222 

    Public Policy Solutions

    Public Policy Internships

    Description of duties: Research, writing, communications, government relations. 

    The Brookings Institution

    • Contact: Rob Wooley, Internship Coordinator
    • Governmental Studies Program
      1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
      Washington, DC 20036-2188
    • Email: 
    • Phone: (202) 797-6090
    • Website:

    Institute for Policy Studies

    • Contact: Emily Norton, Internship Coordinator
    • 733 15th St. NW, Ste.1020
      Washington, DC 20005
    • Email:
    • Website:
    • A variety of internships are offered. IPS encourages applicants to apply for more than one internship.

    Public Policy Institute of California

    • 500 Washington St., Ste. 600
      San Francisco, CA 94111
    • Phone: (415) 291-4400
    • Website:
    • Summer internships only in San Francisco and Sacramento offices and last up to 3 months, ideally beginning June 1st. Application deadline is February 21st.

    The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

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