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Public Policy

Internships and Employment Opportunities

Past Student Internships   

Internships are an invaluable way to gain experience applying public policy analysis skills in the real world, and can be an essential step in building a career in public service. The public policy faculty strongly encourage all students to participate in an internship prior to or during their senior year at Mills. Furthermore, all public policy majors and minors must identify a public agency or nonprofit organization to serve as the client for their senior thesis research projects, which are to be structured to answer a current policy question for that organization. Completing an internship before or during the senior thesis project is often the best way to come to understand the client organization's needs and capacities.

This list is provided to illustrate the variety of organizations with which public policy students have worked.  We cannot guarantee that an internship placement can be made with a particular organization, but we will work with students to help them identify possible internship locations.  Contact the Mills Public Policy Program for more information at 510.430.2147

Alameda County Family Justice Center

Alameda County Office of Aids Administration

Alzheimers Association

Beyond Emancipation

California ACORN

California Public Utilities Commission

Centro Legal de la Raza

City of Oakland Youth Advisory Commission

City of San Rafael

Disability Rights Advocates

Drug Policy Alliance

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

Emily's List

Environmental Justice Coalition for Water

Girls Moving Forward

Green Century Institute

Greenlining Institute

Hope Collaborative

Japanese Americans Citizens League of Watsonville-
   Santa Cruz

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Justice Now

Laurel District Association

Local Clean Energy Alliance of the East Bay
   Bay Localize

National Council on Crime & Delinquency

National Federation of Community Broadcasters
   Native Public Media

Office of Oakland City Councilmember, Jean Quan

Office of Alameda County Supervisor for the
Unincorporated Areas:  Nate Miley

Parent Voices, Oakland Chapter
   Bananas Inc.

San Francisco Dept. of Children, Youth, & Families

San Francisco Parks Trust

San Francisco Tenants Union

San Mateo County Transit District

Street Spirit

The Body Positive

Women's Economic Agenda Project

Women's Initiative

Other Organizations Hosting Internships
The following organizations publish information about internships on their websites.  Note that some of the organizations listed under Employment Opportunities (below) also host internships.

Public Policy Institute of California

California Internship Program, Senator Barbara Boxer (internships for graduate students)

Public Leadership Education Network

Employment Opportunities

The following websites contain information about employment opportunities in government or other sectors relevant to public policy work.


Association of Bay Area Governments


California Courts



Feminist Career Center (at Feminist Majority

International City/County Management Association

Metropolitan Transportation Commission

Municipal Management Association of Northern Californa (MMANC)

National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and 

Partnership for Public Service

Policy Jobs

Public Service Careers

State and Local Government on the Net: State Employment Sites


USAJOBS by College Major

USA Jobs: A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies

Opportunity NOCS

Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Advertisement of job announcements and/or links to  organizations does not constitute endorsement by Mills College or the Public Policy Program and is not a recommendation of the positions.

For more information on specific employment or internship opportunities,  or to learn about employment resources, contact the Career Center at 430.2130

Contact the Mills Public Policy Program, for more information at 510.430.2147.

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Last Updated: 1/9/14