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Office of Policy and Planning


Internship Opportunities


Summer Internship Overview:

The Office of Policy and Planning at the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) offers non-clinical, unpaid internships for individuals seeking work experience in research and policy. This internship provides practical learning experience for graduate students interested in public health, public policy, and related fields. Internships are designed to expose interns to careers in public service at the county level with support for professional development with supervising Office of Policy and Planning staff.


Internships generally run from June through August. Interns may be part-time or full-time, depending on the student’s availability and the needs of the Office of Policy and Planning.


Internship projects may consist of:

 - Assisting in research for public health initiatives
 - Writing Reports for Public Health initiatives
 - Analyzing and interpreting data online or in Excel
 - Attending community meetings or community events
 - Preparing letters, memo’s, emails, or resolutions
 - Assisting staff in the day-to-day operations


Who is eligible?

To be eligible for an internship, individuals must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in an accredited college or university, be in good standing, and maintain a "C" average or above under the system of grading used by the institution. We welcome applications from graduate students in public health, public policy, public administration, political science, or other related fields. Interns must be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite of programs (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).


Eligible applicants must meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

 - Receive academic credit from their college or university for participation in an OPP internship
 - Receive financial compensation from a non-DPH source (e.g., a scholarship or award from an academic program or other source).


How to apply:

OPP is not currently accepting internship applications. If you have any questions you may contact Claire Altman (