OVERVIEW

The Mayoral Internship Program provides a unique opportunity for experiential learning for some of the country's best and brightest undergraduate and graduate students. Interns will perform a variety of tasks which may include policy research and development, drafting memoranda, community engagement, outreach and education, administrative tasks, and legal research and analysis.

Our internship program runs year-round. Each office recruits interns based on available projects, staff availability to supervise, and available office space.

THE CANDIDATES

Prospective interns shall be undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent graduates of a two- or four-year college, university, or vocational school. Ideal candidates must communicate well, display a record of academic achievement, demonstrate a commitment to public service, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Candidates shall also maintain a high standard of ethics and integrity.

OPPORTUNITIES

Internship opportunities are available in the following departments:


OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY

The Mayor's Office of Public Safety (MOPS) implements Mayor Garcetti’s homeland security and public safety policy priorities to ensure that the City of Los Angeles is the safest and most resilient big city in America. 

MOPS works closely with the City’s public safety departments, including the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), Emergency Management Department (EMD), the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles World Airports, and the Department of Water and Power. In addition, MOPS collaborates with the State of California Office of Emergency Services and Federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, Customs and Border Protection, the Transportation Safety Administration, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, on a number of local, national, and international public safety policy areas.

Internship opportunities

MOPS interns will support the office by conducting research and communications including the development of research briefs, white papers, and critical messaging, as well as attending meetings with key stakeholders. Interns will provide policy and administrative support including representing MOPS at community events and communicating with officials. Interns are assigned to one of the following teams (please indicate desired choice of placement):

The Mayor’s Public Safety Policy Team: The MOPS Policy Team works closely with the City’s public safety agencies, local and state partners, and the federal government to develop strategy and policy initiatives related to ensuring the safety and security of Los Angeles residents and businesses. Efforts are dedicated to related policy areas including law enforcement and community policing; fire response and emergency medical services; emergency management, preparedness, and response; cybersecurity; preventing domestic violence and human trafficking; and counterterrorism. This team has also been leading the City’s COVID-19 testing, vaccine, and related programming since the start of the pandemic.

The Mayor’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs (MVA): In 2013, Mayor Garcetti created the Office of Veterans Affairs, the first such office in the City of Los Angeles since World War II, to work collaboratively with government agencies and community based organizations to advocate for and coordinate services for veterans in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is home to the highest concentration of military veterans in the country. It is also home to many veteran service organizations working tirelessly to ensure veterans in Los Angeles can access the services they have earned. Los Angeles is committed to empowering veterans and military families to end veteran homelessness, maximize employment and educational opportunities, and ensure the proper delivery of medical services.

The Mayor’s Public Safety Legal Team: The MOPS Legal Team drafts and negotiates professional services contracts for special projects on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), and Emergency Management Department to enhance public safety, anti-terrorism, and emergency preparedness. The team works closely with the Policy Team and conducts legal research and communications related to various public safety policy initiatives and strategies addressed by MOPS.

The Mayor’s Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development Team (GRYD): The Mayor’s GRYD team was established in July of 2007 to address gang violence in a comprehensive and coordinated way throughout the City. Community-based service provision began in 2009. Over the years, GRYD developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to drive funding and practice decisions across areas designated as GRYD Zones. GRYD currently provides gang intervention and prevention services in 23 GRYD Zones throughout the City of Los Angeles, along with regional juvenile reentry services, community engagement programming, and various other initiatives.

The Mayor’s Office of Resilience: In 2013, Los Angeles was selected as an inaugural member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. This global network, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, helps cities become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century. Since then, Angelenos have come together to develop Resilient Los Angeles, a strategy aimed at preparing Los Angeles to address a variety of challenges, including natural and manmade disasters, climate change, aging infrastructure, health and economic disparities, etc. The Office of Resilience is dedicated to the implementation of Resilient Los Angeles and related efforts.

The Mayor’s Crisis Response Team (CRT): CRT members are community volunteers who respond to crisis or emergency incidents in support of victims, witnesses, and family members of victims, at the request of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD). Volunteers provide immediate on-scene crisis intervention, act as a liaison between victims, family members, and emergency personnel, and give referrals to victims and their families affected by a death, a serious injury, a violent crime or other traumatic incident. Incidents the CRT responds to include homicides, suicides, serious traffic accidents, officer involved shootings, domestic violence, natural deaths, etc.

Cybersecurity: The Mayor’s Cyber Policy Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for students to be at the intersection of technology and policy. Cyber Fellows will support the Mayor’s Office Cyber Strategic Initiatives, which focus on the security of City systems, providing cybersecurity resources for businesses and the public, and leading regional and national collaboration. This work includes cross-sectional planning with numerous City departments, and various public and private sector partners at the local, state, and national level. Fellows will also have the opportunity to work directly with the LA Cyber Lab, a first of it’s kind public-private partnership dedicated to municipal and private sector information sharing.

All MOPS interns should have:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills (writing sample required).
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated maturity to work successfully in professional and high-pressure situations.
  • A self-starter attitude with strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and administrative capabilities.
  • Strong computer literacy.
  • And an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.

Candidates should be professional, organized, and efficient; be able to multitask well in a  fast-paced environment; be eager to learn, listen, and grow throughout the internship; and be committed to public service to the City of Los Angeles. Interns should be able to commit to 16-40 hours per week.

How to apply

To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, writing sample, and MOPS team preference to Thalia Polychronis at thalia.polychronis@lacity.org.


OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Mayor's Office of Economic Development (MOED) develops policies, programs, projects, and initiatives to create equitable economic growth for our City. 

Internship opportunities

MOED interns make substantial contributions to our work through conducting research, developing public messaging, and updating digital content. Interns also represent MOED at public events and with business constituents. Additionally, interns provide logistical, administrative, program development, and team management support. 

MOED interns are each assigned to one of the following teams:

The Mayor’s Economic Policy Team works with high-growth sectors of our economy, including tech, professional sports, entertainment, and advanced manufacturing. The Economic Policy develops public-private partnerships and public policies that promote inclusive economic growth, job creation, and business retention. 

Economic Policy Team interns will acquire valuable insight into developing business strategy, planning, and policy through hands-on experience in the public sector. Interns will assist each team member with projects and tasks relating to job creation, program marketing, economic development, new business recruitment, and business retention. 

The Mayor’s Economic Infrastructure Team oversees the largest container port in North America, the Port of Los Angeles, and the fifth busiest airport in the nation, Los Angeles World Airports.

Economic Infrastructure Team interns will get in-depth experience on significant capital improvements at LAX, port operations, and city policies related to the port and city airports. 

The Mayor’s Planning Policy and Development Team is responsible for creating planning strategies to develop livable communities. Team members perform planning and land use analysis, zoning research, review general plan elements, and develop policies.

Planning Policy and Development Team interns will assist in creating a citywide planning strategy to develop a world-class city, raise development expectations, and improve communities. Interns will perform planning and land use analysis, zoning research, general plan element review, and develop briefings and reports on major policy initiatives to support the Planning Policy and Development team.
The Mayor’s Community Business Team helps entrepreneurs and small business owners by facilitating access to education, training, capital, and contracting opportunities throughout the City.

Community Business Team interns will research best practices in economic development; create resource directories; draft outreach materials; maintain reports; support staff events and small business organizations; and conduct administrative tasks and assist staff as needed. Prospective interns must have exceptional written and oral communication skills and proficiency with Google applications. Previous business or government experience is a plus.

All MOED interns should have:

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills;
  • Strong attention to detail, organizational skills, and administrative capabilities;
  • Demonstrated maturity to work successfully in professional and high-pressure situations;
  • Strong computer literacy; Strong Excel skills are a plus;
  • Basic program and financial management skills are a plus.

Candidates with economics, business, public policy, urban planning, real estate, and sales/marketing background are encouraged to apply. Graduate students are preferred, but applications from junior and senior-level undergraduates will also be reviewed.

How to apply

To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, and one-page writing sample to norma.challita@lacity.org with the respective team name in the subject.


OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The Office of Economic Opportunity’s mission is the prevention of homelessness and poverty, with compassion and inclusion, through education, training, employment and community development. The Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity (MOEO) strives to create initiatives that provide equitable access to prosperity for all Angelenos and their communities through the development of policy and  initiatives that are focused on improving access to workforce development, educational, and community resources. MOEO supports City departments that administer local, state, and federal programs designed to help individuals and families, engage job seekers of all ages, and enhance our city’s diverse neighborhoods through community development efforts. 

Internship opportunities

MOEO interns make substantial contributions to our work through conducting research, analysis, comparison, and recommending solutions. Interns may also represent MOEO at public events and with community-based organizations. Additionally, interns provide logistical, administrative, program development, and team management support. 

All MOEO interns should have:

  • Exceptional writing, reading, research, and analytical capabilities;
  • Experience that is relevant to the subject matter addressed by MOEO;
  • Strong computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe;
  • High attention to detail, with organizational and administrative abilities:
  • Great interpersonal skills, strong verbal communication, and a positive attitude; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.

Candidates should be professional, organized, and efficient; be able to multitask well in an unpredictable and fast-paced environment; be eager to learn and grow throughout the internship; and be committed to public service in our city. Interns should be able to commit to at least 10-20 hours per week. 

How to apply

The Office of Economic Opportunity is not accepting internship applications at this time.


MAYOR’S OFFICE OF CITY HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVES

The Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives (MOCHI) oversees the Mayor's strategy to address homelessness and housing instability in Los Angeles. The office directs the City's street strategy to address encampments, the development of interim housing citywide through the "A Bridge Home" program, and the production and preservation of affordable and supportive housing for Angelenos who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, including oversight of the Prop. HHH program. MOCHI guides the regional planning efforts alongside our County and State partners on effective homelessness interventions, including in Skid Row, the epicenter of our crisis. 

Finally, the team collaborates with other Mayoral staff and City departments to advance a comprehensive agenda to create a sustainable and equitable housing market. And MOCHI works in close coordination with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA), and the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to ensure that services benefiting the most vulnerable Angelenos are provided efficiently and compassionately.

Internship opportunities

MOCHI interns are each assigned to one of the following teams:

The Housing Team is responsible for the production and preservation of affordable and permanent supportive housing for Angelenos.

The Interim Housing Team works to develop interim housing citywide through the "A Bridge Home" program and other creative solutions.

The Homeless Operations and Street Strategies Team helps to address the needs of the unsheltered homeless population and encampments throughout the City.

The Skid Row Strategies Team ensures that services are available and needs are being met in the community of Skid Row, the epicenter of our crisis.

All MOCHI interns must have:

  • Exceptional writing, reading, research, and analytical capabilities;
  • Strong computer literacy and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Great interpersonal skills and strong verbal communication;
  • High attention to detail, with organizational and administrative abilities:
  • Demonstrated the ability to work successfully in a professional and fast-paced setting;
  • A commitment to public service;
  • Experience working in the field of homelessness.

Candidates should be an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or recent graduate, able to commit at least 16-24 hours per week, and eager to learn and grow throughout the internship.

How to apply

The Office of City Homeless Initiatives is not accepting internship applications at this time.


OFFICE OF CITY SERVICES

The Mayor’s Office of City Services (MOCS) implements Mayor Garcetti’s policy priorities related to the provision of public services to Angelenos and visitors. Fundamentally, MOCS ensures that the City acts in service to provide a more livable and sustainable city that improves the quality of life for all. MOCS works closely with the leadership of fifteen City departments, their oversight boards and commissions, and other public agencies and stakeholders.

Internship opportunities

Exact duties and responsibilities will vary according to MOCS team placement, but all interns will be responsible for writing and editing documents, such as letters, memoranda, and briefing papers; conducting research and summarizing findings; performing administrative tasks; preparing meeting materials and providing meeting support, such as agenda development, scheduling, and note-taking; providing essential constituent service support, such as responding swiftly and respectfully to inquiries from the public; planning and supporting events; problem-solving on a daily basis; and collaborating with others to accomplish MOCS goals.

MOCS interns are each assigned to one of the following teams:

The Infrastructure Services Team works with the City agencies that design and build bridges, buildings, sewers and other public works, ensure streets are safe and navigable for all, that the lights stay on and the water keeps flowing, trash is picked up on time, and our resource use is sustainable.

Departments: Public Works (Bureaus of Contract Administration, Engineering, Sanitation, Street Services, and Street Lighting), Water and Power

The Neighborhood Services Team supports City agencies that deliver neighborhood-level services, programs, and resources to Angelenos. Neighborhood Services departments celebrate our city’s history, arts, and culture, provide places to gather and play, take care of our domestic animal friends, protect and conserve wildlife, help us age with purpose, overcome disability, and access new worlds through reading. The Neighborhood Services Great Streets Team coordinates City work to reimagine streets as vital neighborhood centers, ensuring our streets and neighborhoods are livable, accessible, and engaging public spaces for the people of Los Angeles.

Departments: Aging, Animal Services, Cultural Affairs, Disability, El Pueblo, Library, Recreation and Parks, Zoo

The Transportation Services Team works with the City’s Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the Countywide Metropolitan Transportation Authority to develop and implement the Mayor’s transportation agenda – ensuring that commutes are shorter, buses and trains run on time, and that innovation drives more accessible and affordable mobility choices. The team also coordinates City street-related work and projects with other agencies, such as the Bureaus of Engineering and Street Services.

Departments: Transportation, Metro (MTA)

The LARiverWorks Team coordinates the City’s implementation of its long-range Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan, including completion of the LARiverWay Bikeway and Greenway, and restoration of native habitat.

Departments: Bureau of Engineering, Bureau of Sanitation, City Planning, Recreation and Parks, and Water and Power. 

All MOCS interns must have:

  • Exceptional writing, reading, research, and analytical capabilities;
  • Experience that is relevant to the subject matter addressed by MOCS;
  • Strong computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Adobe;
  • Great interpersonal skills, strong verbal communication, and a positive attitude;
  • And an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City staff and the general public.

Candidates should be professional, organized, and efficient; be able to multitask well in an unpredictable and fast-paced environment; be eager to learn and grow throughout the internship; and be committed to public service in our city. Interns should be able to commit to at least 10-20 hours per week.

How to apply

If interested in interning with the Mayor’s Office of City Services, please send your resume and cover letter to Alia.Atkins@lacity.org.


OFFICE OF IMMIGRANT AFFAIRS

In 2013, Mayor Garcetti re-established the Office of Immigrant Affairs in order to promote and advance the economic, cultural, social, and political well-being of immigrant communities in the City of Los Angeles. Its mission is to develop programs and initiatives to support immigrant integration through the coordination of City services, outreach, and legislative advocacy.

Internship opportunities

Interns will assist with daily and weekly office tasks, support events, conduct research, draft summaries, reports, and/or memoranda, and provide support on special projects, as needed. Interns will gain first-hand experience in community engagement, outreach, and policy related to immigrant communities, and may interact with a cross-section of city, state, and federal government.

Internships are available Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Candidates should be undergraduate students, graduate students or recent graduates, and able to commit at least 16 hours per week.

Session

Duration

Deadline to Apply

Spring

January - May

November 1

Summer

May-August

March 6

Fall

August-December

June 5

How to apply

To apply, interested applicants should send their one-page résumé, cover letter, and a short writing sample (2-3 pages) to Crista Hernandez at Crista.Hernandez@lacity.org. Cover letters may be addressed to Nora A. Preciado, Director, Office of Immigrant Affairs.

Please submit your application materials in one single PDF file. Cover letters may be addressed to Nora A. Preciado, Director, Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. In the body of the e-mail, please indicate which session you are applying for. Please write, “Office of Immigrant Affairs: Internship Opportunity” as the subject heading in the email with application materials.


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT TEAM

The Public Engagement Team is housed within the Mayor’s Office of Legislative and External Affairs and is the result of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s vision for an inclusive, transparent, accountable, and responsible City government. Public Engagement acts as a bridge between the Mayor’s Office and the diverse constituents and communities of Los Angeles. To this end, the Public Engagement Team responds to the needs of constituents, conducts proactive outreach to make sure residents, businesses, and organizations throughout the City area know how to access City programs and services, builds coalitions to address issues of community-wide importance, reports to the Mayor’s Office on community perspectives and needs, and hosts community events.  

Internship opportunities

Public Engagement Team allows interns to be part of a fast-paced team within the Mayor’s Office that engages with and brings City resources to communities all over the City on a wide range of issues, including homelessness, landlord and tenant issues, public safety, environmental issues, vaccination access, immigrant rights, and small business assistance. 

Interns are encouraged to take on leadership roles and special projects as skills progress.

Interns assist staff in coordinating the following events and services:

  • Developing outreach strategies, creating presentations and other materials for public education, and campaign like methods to reach all constituents across the City
  • Logistics for official appearances – events where the Mayor may speak, attend, present, or receive an award
  • Neighborhood walks – events where the Mayor visits a community and connects with constituents
  • Office hours – where the Mayor and senior officials hear constituent concerns and discuss resolutions
  • Mayor’s Youth Council curriculum, Government 101, and Career Day – programs designed to educate the youth, the public on the inner workings of City Hall, and empower constituents to influence their government
  • Answering constituents’ questions through staffing the Mayor’s Help Desk (when City Hall is open

Each intern will be assigned to work directly with an Area Representative based on their geographic area, school location, interest area, etc. 

The Public Engagement Team offers three internship sessions per year. Our office is currently offering a hybrid internship model in which students will commit to working remotely as well as participate in events and meetings in-person following safety and social distancing protocols.

All interns must have:

  • Exceptional oral and written communications
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills
  • Organizational and administrative abilities
  • Demonstrated maturity to work successfully in a professional and fast-paced setting
  • Strong computer literacy — knowledge of Excel is a plus
  • A commitment to public service and local government

Please see the following sessions and deadlines:

Session

Duration

A

January - May

B

June-August

C

September-December

How to apply

To apply, please send a résumé and cover letter to Edith Vega at Edith.Vega@lacity.org.

The subject title should say, “Mayor’s Public Engagement Team: Internship Opportunity.” In the body of the email, please indicate which session you are applying for and the days and hours you would ideally like to work. For additional questions, please contact Edith Vega as well.


OFFICE OF BUDGET & INNOVATION

The Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation (MOBI) helps transform City of Los Angeles operations by bridging core government functions with new technology and innovative practices. MOBI manages the Mayor’s budgeting and performance management processes (more than $10B in annual spending), along with overseeing personnel, data management and analysis, and gender equity functions for the city. MOBI serves as the Mayor’s liaison to six departments with over 3,000 personnel. In partnership with the other Offices of the Mayor, MOBI has helped build a data-driven culture of management around such key-priorities as homelessness response, pavement preservation, and trash and illegal dumping cleanup.

Internship opportunities

MOBI interns conduct policy research, analyze data, research and develop metrics, explore new mapping tools, develop and write white papers and reports, create presentations, carry out administrative duties, and volunteer at events.

Budget and Management is the center of the Mayor’s responsibilities as the Chief Executive for the city. The team oversees core annual functions of the government such as performance management and fiscal oversight. The team proposes the annual budget, one of the most important policy documents in the city.

The Data Team seeks to unlock insights using the power of open data and collaborative visualization tools. They work with City departments, the civic tech community, sister cities, private partners, and academics to develop insights and digital tools that make the City more livable and equitable for all Angelenos.

The Office of Procurement highlights the importance of citywide strategic procurement and will become a centralized office for procurement policy, data, and process improvement. The need for a strategic procurement office was identified during the first part of the Mayor’s administration and has been made more clear throughout the pandemic with the departments’ needs for procurement direction and assistance. 

How to apply

The Mayor’s Office of Budget and Innovation is not accepting internship applications at this time.


OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY

The Sustainability Team is charged with the implementation of L.A.’s Green New Deal (GND), a global model for local action to confront the climate crisis. L.A.’s GND is guided by four key principles: 

  • A commitment to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement
  • A promise to deliver environmental justice and equity
  • A plan to ensure every Angeleno has the ability to join the green economy; and
  • A determination to lead by example within City government. 

With 445 initiatives, the Sustainability Team works on the policies and projects to achieve the targets set forth in L.A.’s GND and reports annually on its progress. 

Internship opportunities

We are looking for detail-oriented self-starters to assist with this endeavor throughout the next few months. Duties may include conducting research to inform policy, preparing presentations, conducting administrative tasks, and volunteering at mayoral events.

Intern qualifications include:

  • Able to commit 12-15 hours a week
  • Strong writing skills and detail-oriented
  • Must be a self-starter

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with, Microsoft Excel, InDesign, Powerpoint, and Photoshop

How to apply

To apply, please send your résumé and a cover letter to our Sustainability Office at sustainability@lacity.org.


OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Mayor’s Communications Office develops strategies for communicating with the public through traditional press and earned and social media. Prospective interns should be undergraduate or graduate students who thrive in a professional and fast-paced setting, and have a strong interest in political communication.

Internship opportunities

The Communications Office has four distinct types of internships, including three internships based with our digital team. The office recruits interns based on available space and the staff’s current needs.

Press Interns: Assist in drafting press materials, talking points, and official correspondence; compile media clips, media lists, and administrative reports; support staff at the Mayor’s public events; conduct administrative tasks and assist Communications Office as needed. Prospective press interns must have exceptional written and oral communication skills, previous political, journalism, or communications-related experience, and a self-starter attitude. Spanish proficiency is a plus.

Design Interns: Design social media graphics, flyers, websites, animated graphics, presentations, and other materials for use by the Mayor’s Office and City of Los Angeles. Prospective design interns must be proficient in the Adobe Creative suite and presentation design; have a self-starter attitude and the ability to work quickly on projects, incorporate feedback, and operate in a rapidly-changing environment.

How to apply

The Office of Communications is not accepting internship applications at this time. 


INNOVATION TEAM

The Los Angeles Innovation Team (i-team) is a dedicated team of project managers, designers, and data scientists who seek to ensure that the City of Los Angeles continues to deliver the best user-experience for our residents. Driven by quantitative and qualitative data to understand how Angelenos interact with services and programs, the i-team is committed to enhance existing efforts and create new ideas to improve quality of life. The i-team works alongside partners in different City departments and collaborates closely with diverse academic, industry, and community partners to always apply an equity lens to its work.

Internship opportunities

Innovation Team fellows are valued members of the team, providing essential support to the i-team’s projects and initiatives. Fellows can expect:

  • A welcoming and friendly team environment
  • Encouragement and collaboration to get you
  • up to speed in a fast-paced environment
  • Clear feedback on tasks and growth opportunities
  • Support on professional goals 
  • An onramp to careers in public sector innovation

The fellowships are unfortunately unpaid, however, we designed the positions to be flexible, part-time opportunities for applicants who may receive course credit for work-based learning, and for applicants eager to build skills while managing other professional and personal responsibilities. 

We encourage the following students to apply:

  • Undergraduate students of all ages pursuing Associate's or Bachelor's degrees
  • BIPOC students
  • Diverse genders
  • LGBTQIA students
  • Working students

Research Fellow


The Research Fellow will support the team’s work across all projects, in particular, the team’s work to support the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fellow will be a core member of the i-team, engaging in all aspects of the team's work to contribute in a meaningful way to improving the lives of all Angelenos. The Research Fellow will work closely with all members of the i-team but will report directly to the team’s Deputy Director. 

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE POSITION INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Participating in and taking notes for press conferences, briefings, and webinars
  • Performing research around key priorities, such as public health and interventions to support unhoused Angelenos
  • Drafting impact reports that demonstrate and detail the i-team’s work
  • Generating, updating, and maintaining content for the i-team website
  • General support across the team

THE CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate possesses a passion for making meaningful, sustainable change in Los Angeles. This individual is someone who proactively seeks out new challenges and is ready to work in a high-energy, openly collaborative work environment. 

A successful candidate would be a problem solver who is comfortable with ambiguity. Additionally, the Research Fellow should have an interest in public sector topics such as public health, homelessness, poverty reduction, and equity. 

IDEAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of Angelenos
  • Passion for leveraging innovation, design, data, and technology to influence policy and serve the public
  • Strong organization skills
  • Strong team player who can navigate an ambiguous environment with enthusiasm
  • Effective communication and writing skills
  • Enthusiastic self-starter and entrepreneurial problem-solver 

Data Fellow


The Data Fellow will support the team’s Data Scientist on all data and technology projects. Responsibilities include gathering, cleaning, and understanding relevant structured and unstructured data; supporting the development of analysis and predictive models; and creating and tracking performance metrics for projects. 

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THE POSITION INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:

  • Cataloguing relevant data and methodology, including maintaining data dictionaries, and documenting version changes for core datasets 
  • Researching best practices and models from other cities and private companies in the United States and beyond
  • Assisting the i-team’s Data Scientist in data collection and cleaning
  • Working with the i-team’s Data Scientist and Civic Design Lead to create data visualizations that communicate insights, trends, and other noteworthy findings
  • Continuously organizing existing data assets

THE CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate possesses a passion for leveraging data for good and for making meaningful, sustainable change in Los Angeles. This individual is someone who proactively seeks out new challenges and is ready to work in a high-energy, openly collaborative work environment. 

Successful candidates for the Data Fellow should have a working knowledge of statistics, applied mathematics and/or computer science. Additionally, the Data Fellow should have an interest in public sector topics such as public health, homelessness, poverty reduction, and equity. 

IDEAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • Passion for public service and making a difference in the lives of Angelenos
  • Passion for data and digital technology to influence policy and serve the public
  • Experience using a programming language such as Python or R for data cleaning, analysis, and modeling
  • Experience with Google Sheets and/or Microsoft Excel
  • Ability to translate complex datasets and issues into persuasive visual messaging through visualization software such as Tableau
  • Knowledge of Open Data Portals and the ESRI suite of GIS solutions 

Design & Content Fellow

The Content and Design Fellow will support making information clear, understandable and attractive to residents and visitors, City of LA employees, and i-team partners. This position will help sharpen the fellow’s writing, graphic design, and problem-solving skills. The Content and Design Fellow will work closely with all members of the i-team but will report directly to the i-team’s Civic Design Lead. 

The Content and Design Fellow’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to … 

  • Drafting posts for i-team social media
  • Updating content on the i-team’s flagship website and project-specific pages
  • Creating presentation decks in Google Suite
  • Keeping the public informed by updating the content on the Safer LA webpage
  • Keeping track of relevant COVID-19 news and trends in innovation
  • Presenting your ideas and finished products to teammates 

ABOUT YOU
We look forward to meeting applicants who … 

  • Have ideas about making a difference in the world, your city or neighborhood
  • Have experience designing graphics, can write and communicate ideas well, and enjoy making content for others to see
  • Have an open mind to collaborate and enjoy being on a team
  • Are organized, and experienced handling multiple responsibilities at a time

We consider it a bonus if you are:

  • Studying to receive an a Graphic Design, or Arts Graphic Communication associate’s degree
  • Currently enrolled in graphic design courses
  • Regularly use Google Docs, Google Slides, and other Google applications
  • Are familiar with Adobe Creative Cloud design programs, and/or Canva 
  • Are familiar with Squarespace
  • Bilingual
  • Available for consecutive days

How to apply

Applicants will ideally be able to receive college credit for work-based learning, or be a participant in an equivalent program. To apply, send a cover letter, resumé, and writing, data or design sample appropriate depending on the fellowship to mayor.iteam@lacity.org with the subject line of relevant fellowship.


OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

The Mayor's Office of International Affairs (MOIA) connects the world to L.A. -- and L.A. to the world. We build relationships with foreign partners to bring more jobs, opportunity, culture, ideas, and visitors to Los Angeles and to elevate L.A.’s international leadership, including on climate, equity, and innovation. We are laying the foundations for Angelenos to welcome the world for the 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games and beyond.

Internship opportunities

MOIA interns conduct research; assist with arranging and hosting international delegations at City Hall; draft briefing papers, memos, presentations, and talking points; assist in executing projects and large-scale events; engage with other Mayor’s office or City staff on areas of collaboration; and provide clerical and other administrative support as needed.

MOIA interns will assist the following teams within the office:

  • International Relations, Policy, and Protocol
  • International Trade and Investment
  • Olympic and Paralympic Development

All MOIA interns must have:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong research skills
  • A high attention to detail
  • The ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with minimal guidance
  • A commitment to public service

Session

Duration

Deadline to Apply

Spring

January - May

November 1

Summer

May-August

March 1

Fall

August-December

June 1

How to apply

To apply, please send a résumé, cover letter, and short writing sample (2-4 pages) to an.Tran@lacity.org. In the cover letter, please identify the area of work that interests you most: 1) international relations, policy, and protocol, 2) international trade and investment, 3) Olympic and Paralympic development, and/or 4) UN Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.


OFFICE OF LEGISLATIVE AND EXTERNAL AFFAIRS

The Mayor’s Office of Legislative and External Affairs (LEA) is responsible for advancing the Mayor’s legislative and stakeholder priorities. LEA houses multiple teams: State and Federal Affairs, External Stakeholder Engagement, and Legislative Affairs. LEA works closely with members of Congress, the Executive Branch, external stakeholders, and state legislators to shape policies to benefit the City of Los Angeles. LEA  works in close coordination with all city departments, council offices, and proprietary agencies within the City and County of Los Angeles.

Internship opportunities

Interns will be responsible for conducting research, drafting briefing papers, call-sheets and scheduling requests on behalf of LEA; assisting with crafting legislative strategies; monitoring legislative and agency activities that impact City programs and policies; and assisting with events, as needed. Interns will also have an opportunity to participate in LEA weekly meetings and legislative initiatives.

All LEA  interns must have:

  • A self-starter attitude
  • Outstanding research and analytical skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates a commitment to public service
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environment
  • Strong computer literacy
  • Graphic design skills and working knowledge of Excel are a plus
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and a high standard of ethics and integrity

How to apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (no longer than 2 pages) to Bridget Mulrooney at bridget.mulrooney@lacity.org. In your cover letter, please identify which office you would like to intern with (State and Federal Affairs, External Stakeholder Engagement, or Legislative Affairs) as well as your available dates and times. 

SFA also has internship opportunities in our Federal Affairs Office in Washington, D.C. Interns work on legislative and agency activities that impact City programs and policies. To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample (no longer than 2 pages) to bridget.mulrooney@lacity.org.


VOLUNTEERLA

VolunteerLA is a program of the Mayor’s Office aimed at promoting and facilitating volunteerism throughout Los Angeles. 

Internship opportunities

The role of a Volunteer Engagement intern is to provide support with day-to-day functions, monitor/post on social media, conduct research/analysis, maintain the VolunteerLA website(s), participate in outreach, assist at events, communicate with the public, and other tasks as assigned. 

While the internship is tied to volunteer related projects, a preponderance of the actual tasks will be related to or using technology to bolster the VolunteerLA web based nonprofit directory which makes this internship applicable to individuals interested in volunteerism and/or technology. 

Skills & Attributes of the Ideal Candidate

  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, Google Suite, Canva, etc.)
  • Adept at social media (and related technologies)
  • Excellent written and verbal skills
  • Interpersonal skills and outgoing personality
  • Comfortable with public speaking
  • Takes initiative and is willing to assist in any area needed with a positive attitude
  • Creative thinker and fast mover
  • Organized (with physical space as well as digital space)
  • Experience with research and comfortable doing work that can feel repetitive
  • Experience volunteering and/or knowledge of nonprofits and volunteer desirable 
  • Asks questions when unsure

Requirements

  • 18 yrs+
  • Available for 6-12 hours/wk, during regular business hours (and occasionally for special events outside regular hours)
  • Located in Los Angeles to be able to support in person needs is preferred

How to apply