Report on Policy Intern - San Francisco, CA

Policy Intern - San Francisco, CA





San Francisco, CA


Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

Job Summary

About Enterprise

Enterprise is a national nonprofit that develops programs, advocates for policies, and delivers the capital to create and preserve affordable housing for low income families. Our Northern California office is based in San Francisco. The Northern California office seeks solutions to a range of the most relevant and pressing affordable housing issues facing California, especially the Bay Area. We foster cross-sector partnerships that include nonprofit developers, government agencies, and advocacy organizations and work in collaboration to advocate for policy and create systems change that result in greater racial and economic equity in the Bay Area.

In California, Enterprise’s policy priorities are to:

  • Promote racial equity, economic opportunity, and resident power for people historically excluded from shaping the decisions that affect their lives and those of their communities;
  • Prevent low-income Californians from experiencing homelessness, displacement, housing instability, and poor-quality housing conditions, particularly renters;
  • Expand resources and eliminate barriers for the production and preservation of housing that low- and moderate-income Californians can afford; and
  • Advance inclusive and equitable development that promotes housing affordability, climate and community resilience, economic opportunity, and racial equity,

Interns at Enterprise Northern California play an integral role in developing and advancing program and/or policy work alongside our experienced staff. You will gain exposure to our region and/or state’s affordable housing challenges and key stakeholders. Interns will also experience working from the perspective of an intermediary. Our work is frequently characterized as advancing solutions through activities such as providing technical assistance, convening practitioners and advocacy coalitions, and collaborating with cross-sector partners including but not limited to public agencies, community-based organizations, affordable housing developers, researchers and academics, and funders.

Enterprise is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a safe, healthy, and welcoming work community. Our team believes high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we are actively seeking a diverse pool of applicants, including those from underrepresented groups and people with lived experience of housing insecurity.

Job Responsibilities

About the Internship

The Policy Intern will support the State and Local Policy Director on a range of policy- and advocacy-related projects and tasks. The primary focus of the internship will be to provide the background research, policy analysis, communications, and coordination support for Enterprise’s engagement in the 2020 California legislative session as well as a set of other, non-legislative policy priorities, including the update to the regional transit-oriented development policy, the investAHSC campaign, and policies to support affordable housing preservation that center anti-displacement.

The internship is a great opportunity for a current student to grow experience in policy and advocacy while leveraging their research skills and drawing on their knowledge of affordable housing and housing insecurity – expertise gained in the classroom, in community, or through their own lived experiences. The internship will allow a student to deepen their knowledge of housing policy, sharpen analytical skills, and learn first-hand how policy is shaped by the state legislative process, regional governance, advocacy coalitions, technical work groups, and other paths for policy change.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Tracking and Analysis of State Legislation and Regulation. The intern will track key legislation and regulation, provide analysis as needed, and support related advocacy work, including drafting letters of support and opposition.
  • Research on Best Practices in Equitable TOD. Support background research and ongoing analytical and communications support for the development of a new transit-oriented development policy for the Bay Area that centers the production and preservation of affordable housing and tenant protections as well as both fair housing and anti-displacement goals.
  • Support Development of Preservation Policy Agenda. The intern will provide research on best practices, policy analysis, and support coordinating convenings to support Enterprise in developing our local, regional, and state policy agenda for preservation of affordable housing.
  • Create Advocacy Materials for investAHSC Campaign. The intern will provide data analysis and communications support for investAHSC, a statewide advocacy campaign for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program.

Desired qualifications and skills:

  • Prefer continuing graduate student or undergraduate with professional experience in public policy, urban planning, or related field, or comparable professional experience;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience with policy research and analysis preferred;
  • Experience with or interest in campaign and/or policy advocacy;
  • Strong project management and organizational skills;
  • Experience with or interest in mapping and quantitative analysis;
  • Good team player;
  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative;
  • Knowledge of affordable housing policy preferred; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice.

Additional Information

Application Process:

Enterprise is accepting applications for Winter and Spring 2020 internships. There can be flexibility with the internship start/end dates, but the preferred time frame is January through May 2020. Internship hours can be flexible; however, 15-20 hours a week is preferred with at least one day a week in the San Francisco office. The position will be compensated $25 an hour.

The deadline for applications is January 5, 2020. Please submit a resume and cover letter online for Enterprise Community Partners here: If you are interested in being considered for both this internship and the Regional Campaign Intern role, please note that in your cover letter. Applicants will be contacted by email to schedule an interview that will take place in person or over video conference in January.

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. - 5 hours ago

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