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Communications and Policy

The Communication and Policy Department of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is seeking interns!  Selected candidates will work with our small team of communications and policy personnel in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

SFDA interns receive a behind the scenes understanding of the criminal justice system, are exposed to best practices related to media and community relations, and will learn how crime and public policy related news stories are generated and developed in the media. They also receive ample training in the legislative process, and will need to attend court proceedings to provide updates on criminal cases being covered by the press. Communication and Policy interns may also conduct legal research, update and utilize social media, and help plan community outreach events.

PLEASE NOTE: Selected candidates are required to undergo a background check. This is an unpaid internship. 

Applying? Send an email to Rachel Marshall (rachel.marshall@sfgov.org) with the following:

  • A short (one or two paragraphs) well-written cover letter included in the body of an email with resume attached.
  • Include your weekly availability, your preferred start date, and the approximate date through which you are available in the email.
  • Please ensure your email includes “Comms/Policy Internship” in the subject line.
  • Please familiarize yourself with our outside employment disclosure policy.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Community Liaison and Data

San Francisco Sentencing Community Liaison Data Fellow (Summer Intern)

Stipend- $5,000

Reports to: Assistant District Attorney Cecily Brewster, Community Liaison Program Dr. Mikaela Rabinowitz, Director of Data, Research, and Analytics

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is seeking 2-3 Community Liaison Fellows to support neighborhood-based data analysis and partner engagement for the Community Liaison Program.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE RACIAL EQUITY STATEMENT The San Francisco Community Corrections Partnership, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Reentry Council and Sentencing Commission prioritize racial equity so that all people may thrive. San Francisco’s criminal justice policy bodies collectively acknowledge that communities of color have borne the burdens of inequitable social, environmental, economic and criminal justice policies, practices and investments. The legacy of these government actions has caused deep racial disparities throughout San Francisco’s juvenile justice and criminal justice system. We further recognize that racial equity is realized when race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes. We commit to the elimination of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice Racial Equity Statement is a core tenant for data collection, data analysis and dissemination of data to community.

Department Overview

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office strives to protect public safety in San Francisco by using innovative, evidence-based approaches to address the root causes of crime, support crime survivors, and prevent future offenses.

For too long, prosecutors nationwide have promoted mass incarceration and relied on policies that hurt the poor and people of color disproportionately, all the while neglecting the needs of crime victims and our communities.

DA Chesa Boudin rejects those models and instead leads the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office on a progressive path forward towards seeking true justice for justice-involved individuals, survivors, and our community overall. This means that under DA Boudin’s leadership, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office works to empower survivors of crime while also combating the underlying causes of crime.

Community Liaison Program Overview: 
The Community Liaisons program pairs teams of District Attorney’s Office staff with each supervisorial district in the city. Each community liaison team is directly responsive to the district’s residents about specific needs that emerge within the district and will serve as direct liaisons between constituents and the District Attorney’s Office. The Community Liaisons teams are made up entirely of volunteers within the District Attorney’s Office. The grant funded fellowships will support neighborhood based data analysis and the Coordination Community Liaison Program. The first priority neighborhoods served by this investment will be the Tenderloin and Bayview.

Community Liaisons interface with members of their assigned district and collaborate on strategies to enhance community wellbeing and safety. They attend town halls and community events; engage with constituents; and serve as direct contacts for community members to the District Attorney’s Office.

The program aims to tap into the office’s wealth of diversity, talent, energy, and commitment to public service. Most community liaison teams are made up of one to two assistant district attorneys and staff member. Each team has a designated lead and each team will also retain some independence on how to best engage with its district and its unique needs. This team approach allows the Office to respond more proactively and innovatively to each neighborhood’s needs, working side by side with various communities and public agency partners to problem-solve the neighborhood specific challenges.

Position Description

The SFDA seeks an enthusiastic and experienced criminal justice policy analyst and/or data analyst to serve as a fellow with the SFDA Policy team and to support the goals of the Community Liaison Program.

Principal Duties and Deliverables:

• Use data to help community liaisons and residents understand neighborhood-level crime and well-being trends through a comprehensive lens to support the development of outreach and education materials for newsletters, web content, emails, and guides;

• Assist with the preparation of reports to SFDA leadership, Community Liaisons and Community Partners;

• Work with Community Liaisons to understand questions of interest to community members, identify public and SFDA data sources to answer questions;

• Query databases, extract data, clean data, and merge data in preparation for statistical analysis;

• Research performance measurements in the criminal justice field and develop or enhance measures for community well-being;

• Develop strategies to enhance non-criminal justice data collection efficiently and effectively across systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Prepare well-organized and accurate documents such as reports, memos, and correspondence; synthesize ideas and factual information into clear and logical written statements;

• Speak clearly and concisely in order to express ideas and communicate work-related information to a variety of individuals and groups; listen, ask appropriate questions and effectively elicit information;

• Identify, research and gather relevant information from a variety of sources; read and interpret complex written materials; analyze and evaluate data, procedures, interrelated processes and other information; formulate conclusions and/or alternatives and develop effective recommendations;

• Specifically, applicant should be an advanced user of Microsoft Excel familiar with at least one programming language such as R, Python, Stata, or SQL, and comfortable manipulating large data sets (100,000+ rows).

• Use work-related computer applications, including e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and the internet;

• Working knowledge of geographic information systems and spatial analysis is desired but not required.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, commission members, officials and the general public, including a variety of individuals and groups;

• Able to problem solve and take initiative on tasks;

• Excellent time and process management skills, with follow-up and attention to detail critical

• Ability to multi-task and manage priorities;

• Demonstrates interest, energy and enthusiasm for criminal justice reform, public safety, and racial justice policy issues, understanding the intersection of these three frameworks;

• Flexible and able to adapt in fast -paced environment.

Victim Services

The Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of crime. The Victim Services Division offers free services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Our Victim Advocates work to ensure that crime victims and their families are provided the services and information necessary to be an integral part of the criminal case process. We are looking for compassionate, responsible, and motivated interns to help us achieve our mission of ensuring that victims are treated fairly and that their voices are heard.

 Victim Service Interns will assist advocates and staff members perform the following job responsibilities:

  • Assist victims of crime to navigate the criminal justice system.
  • Conduct crisis counseling and intakes with victims of crime, including assistance in filing California Victim Compensation Applications.
  • Provide court support and escort victims to the courtroom when needed to testify. Offer emotional support throughout the day when the victim is testifying. 
  • Assist with front office responsibilities, including: answering phones, transferring calls to Advocates, filing, receiving, copying, and submitting documents (i.e. medical bills, appeal letters, receipts).
  • Assist with client intakes.
  • Accurately gather, organize and record data relevant to advocacy cases.
  • Provision of case status updates.
  • Offer information and make appropriate needs-based referrals to: hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, emergency resources, and community based organizations.
  • Work with Assistant District Attorneys, Investigators, and Police Inspectors on case development.
  • Conduct other duties required by management to guarantee the successful operation of the unit (i.e. generating reports, collecting and analyzing data).
  • Serve as liaison between the Victim Witness Unit and victims, witnesses, other law enforcement agencies, community agencies, service providers and other governmental personnel as such relate to advocacy.
  • Assist Victim Advocates updating and conducting outreach for new cases.

Qualifications:

  • We are looking for highly motivated, responsible candidates from the criminal justice, social work, psychology and legal academic studies fields. Candidates will be required to make a 9-month commitment, and work a minimum of 16 hours per week, days/times to be determined by the Intern Coordinator. Internship may meet the requirements of academic courses or departments. Bilingual skills (Spanish and Cantonese) are highly desirable. 

To Apply:

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Undergrad and High School

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers unpaid internship positions for students with an interest in criminal justice who seek exposure to the unique and diverse opportunities the SFDA’s Office offers.  Students may assist prosecutors in a variety of clerical tasks such as organizing and preparing case files for trials, contacting witnesses and managing subpoenas and records surrounding both pre-trial hearings and jury trials (subject to attorney approval and supervision).  Applicants should be reliable and well organized students who can successfully balance their studies with their work at the office. Applications for high school internships are only accepted for Summer sessions.

Program Requirements

How to Apply

All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined .pdf file in the following order:

  1. Cover Letter – Please address to Erica Brooks, Internship Program Coordinator, and indicate your year in school.
  2. Resume
  3. Background Investigation From (High School / Undergrad) (Type into the form, save it, print it, and sign it before including it in the .pdf file)
  4. A copy of photo identification
  5. Writing Sample – No longer than 10 pages in length. No writing sample is necessary for high school students.

Email questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org

Summer 2022 Session

Dates: June 6 – August 19 (11 weeks)

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

Fall 2022 Session

Dates: September 6 – December 2 (13 weeks)

Application Deadline: July 15, 2022

Upon acceptance you may be asked to furnish the following:

  • Current Unofficial Transcripts (PDF)
  • Three References (PDF)
  • School Verification

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.

Paralegal Internship

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers a voluntary paralegal internship program to students who are currently enrolled in a paralegal educational program.  The program will be offered year round.  To participate in the program, the student must be available a minimum of twelve hours per week.  We understand that some paralegal programs require a 120 hour duration for an internship and this may differ dependent on the paralegal program a student is enrolled in.

The internship program will give students an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system and obtain the knowledge of how instrumental a paralegal’s role is in assisting in prosecution.  Paralegal student interns who qualify for the internship will be assigned to work with experienced staff in the various criminal units within the office.  Students will also be able to experience firsthand the work involved in providing justice, ensuring safety, and implementing innovative and efficient solutions to protect victims, hold offenders accountable, and resolve the underlying causes of crime.

Paralegal Internship Qualifications 

Interested students should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter stating the student’s reason for applying and other relevant information regarding their interests and availability
  2. Resume
  3. Documentation to show the student is enrolled in a paralegal program and in good standing (copy of transcript or enrollment letter from the registrar is sufficient) or
  4. Documentation to show the student has graduated from a paralegal program (copy of the certificate is sufficient)
  5. Complete the Adult Background Investigation Form (the background form can be typed in, saved as, printed and signed before adding to the PDF file)
  6. A copy of photo identification and
  7. References

The documentation listed above may be submitted via email to SFDAInternship@sfgov.org. Please indicate in the subject line “Paralegal Internship.”

Deadlines for all paralegal applications will be on a rolling admissions policy. Applicant materials are processed and reviewed as they are received. Students will be notified of their acceptance on a continual basis.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.  Accepted applicants will begin their internship as soon as their background has been cleared.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Outside Employment Disclosure

California Government Code §§1125 through 1127 prohibits local agency officers and employees from engaging in activities that are incompatible, inconsistent, in conflict, or inimical with their agency employment. As a volunteer intern with our office, interns are bound by these sections of the Government Code. Students selected for any of the intern programs are advised that they may not perform any work (paid or unpaid) for any criminal defense attorney during the pendency of their internship with this office. This applies even if the criminal defense work is in a different county. Students who have other outside employment/incompatible activity during the pendency of their internship must disclose this to our office for review prior to accepting the internship.

Should an intern engage in outside employment/incompatible activity after commencing the internship, the intern must immediately advise the Internship Program Manager. If the outside employment/incompatible activity is deemed to fall within the prohibitions of California Government Code §1125 through 1127, the intern will not be able to remain in our program. If an intern has any questions concerning other employment/incompatible activity, they should contact the Program Director.