Office of Governor Gavin Newsom - CA

Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline: 

- After interviews, intern applicants will submit forms authorizing our office to vet them/run a background check before placement can be finalized.

LOCATION: Sacramento, CA

Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).

TIME ZONE: PT

WORKING HOURS: The intern needs to keep the same business hours as our office.

INDUSTRY: Federal / State / Local Government

ABOUT US: Governor Gavin Newsom is the executive in charge of the state of California, directing state agencies and departments. The Governor also works with state legislators on legislative proposals and signs or vetoes legislation. Within the Governor’s Office there are many departments including Cabinet Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Legal Affairs including the Parole and Clemency unit, Communications, External Affairs, Judicial Appointments, Appointments, Constituent Affairs, Operations, and the First Partner’s Office. The Governor’s Office seeks to provide enriching experiences to a diverse set of interns from various backgrounds so they can learn and grow in their education and professional development, as well as make valuable contributions to the office.

RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: The Office of Governor Newsom seeks interns for various departments within the office including: Communications, Judicial Appointments, Legislative Affairs, and the Parole & Clemency unit. An internship in the Governor's Office offers students an opportunity to learn how state government works at the highest levels addressing a wide range of policy issues. Intern projects include administrative support, which may include correspondence monitoring, drafting documents, research, and other general office projects. Additional projects may be assigned, depending on the department and experience, proficiency, and interests of individual interns.


WORK ENVIRONMENT: Governor's Office staff are hard-working and collegial. Most of the staff were once interns as well and look forward to providing opportunities for interns to learn and grow professionally.

EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: 

  • Access to high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Personal laptop
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)

2021 Intern Reflection:

While working in the Legislative Affairs Branch of the Governor's Office, I've experienced the immensely cool crossover between the State's executive and legislative responsibilities.The fast-paced office culture allows for me to take on a variety of jobs, including tracking bills as they move through the legislature and to the Governor's desk, writing briefings to high-level officials about cutting-edge policy trends, and directing agency reports and stakeholder letters to Legislative deputies for bill presentations. The internship has given me a high-level perspective of how State government operates on a day-to-day level, and looking at the legislative process through the lens of an executive office is something I've never considered prior. Definitely apply to the position if you want to be in the middle of a quickly moving political office that can offer exposure to every policy area. You'll be able to form connections with the State officials who have influence in Capitol decisions, as well as connect with deputies and Office staff who specialize in certain bill topics such as education, the environment, and law enforcement. And better yet, you'll be working with letters and reports that come from all over the state -- Mayor's Offices, non-profit agencies, County Supervisors, and more. The job offers a holistic opportunity to explore what you're passionate about.

- Felix Bulwa

Sacramento, CA