District Office Internship with Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer

Overview:

Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer is looking for bright, self-starting, energetic student leaders interested in learning the dynamics of state government. The Assemblymember represents the South Los Angeles district that includes the Los Angeles Coliseum, the California Science Center, the Los Angeles Natural History Museum, and the University of Southern California.

Among the chief roles of the Assemblymember’s district office is to keep the local community connected with the legislative work taking place in the State Assembly in Sacramento. This is accomplished through community based events, constituent correspondence and everyday involvement with the community of the 59th District. Interns will be prepared to provide support to staff with special event, and special projects related to general administrative duties of the office.

Duties Include:

  • A commitment of 8-20 hrs/week (up to 40/hrs during Summer) at the District Office in Exposition Park, Los Angeles
  • Assisting in research, planning, and attendance (when appropriate) of upcoming events
  • Providing accurate information in response to constituent inquiries & community issues
  • Assisting with administrative office procedures and telephone inquiries
  • Developing a clear knowledge and understanding of functions and practices of the California State Legislature
  • Attending special events with the Member and staff, when appropriate

Desired Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have an interest in political science, public policy, public administration, local/state government, community organizing or similar areas of study or career paths. We are looking for young, self-motivated leaders with excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work with minimal supervision. Proficiency in Word and Excel is also desired.

Benefits:

Although unpaid, interns receive important benefits like working directly with elected officials, community leaders and local residents on issues and events related to the 59th Assembly District. Interns may also qualify for internship credit from their university or college, as well as earn letters of recommendation from the Assemblymember and his staff. Parking passes provided for Interns who drive to the office.

To Apply:

E-mail a resume and cover letter to Assemblymember.Jones-Sawyer@assembly.ca.gov with the subject line “Internship Application”. Application deadlines are as follows:

Fall 2017 – Friday, September 9, 2017
Spring 2018 – Friday, February 12, 2018
Summer 2018 – Friday, June 8, 2018

High School Fellowship:

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer also wants to extend Internship opportunities for local high school students through his High School Fellowship Program.  Fellows make a part-time commitment during the Summer learning the ins and outs of State Government and gaining valuable experience in community outreach and administrative operations. Fellow may also earn letters of recommendation from the Assemblymember and his staff which can be used for applications to colleges, universities and jobs beyond high school. Candidates must reside or attend school within the 59th Assembly District. Candidates must also be entering or exiting their Senior year of High School. For more information and to apply, email Assemblymember.Jones-Sawyer@assembly.ca.gov with the subject line “High School Fellowship.”