The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. Our member-based grassroots organization is considered one of the largest, most active and effective bicycle advocacy groups in the country. For 45 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has had a proven track record of winning better bicycling improvements, in part through engaging media and the public in our work.
The Public Affairs Intern will gain experience in written communications on bicycle advocacy in the sometimes contentious political environment of San Francisco. This internship will focus on how we grow and maintain a strong and positive presence online, in print and in the media in order to further our mission of promoting the bicycle as a means of everyday transportation. The Public Affairs Communications Intern will provide direct administrative support to the Communications Director and Graphic Designer.
What you’ll learn:
- Introductory media relations;
- Introductory online organizing;
- Introductory messaging;
- How to write for media and the public; and
- How to support journalists covering bicycle advocacy.
Essential Roles and Responsibilities:
- Track media hits related to the SF Bicycle Coalition and our work;
- Assist with weekly production of the Biker Bulletin;
- Copy editing written materials; and
- Reach out to campaign members with strategic opportunities to advance safer streets.
Secondary Roles and Responsibilities:
- Writing press releases, media advisories, blog posts and campaign emails;
- Assist with digital asset management, whether that’s tagging photos, creating facebook albums, selecting photos for instagram use or resizing images;
- Light design projects may also be available for the right candidate;
- Photography assignments may be available for the right candidate; and
- Monthly professional development meetings, where the Communications Dept. leaves the office to discuss communications strategies, lessons and outcomes from past projects, in order to learn from those experiences and each other.
Required skills or abilities:
- Strong, concise writing;
- Ability to multi-task and triage in a busy work environment;
- Acute attention to detail;
- Inclination towards collaboration;
- Clear interpersonal communication; and
- Dedication to efficiency and timeliness.
Desired skills or abilities:
- Ability to write in Spanish or Chinese;
- Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite, (e.g., Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign);
- Familiarity with AP Style; and
- Strong political instincts and awareness of SF’s political landscape.
Required dates for this internship include:
- December, 2016 or January, 2017 through May or June, 2017.
- One year’s free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition;
- Firsthand experience in one of the country’s oldest and largest bicycle advocacy organizations;
- A behind-the-scenes view of a bustling nonprofit organization;
- Ongoing professional development opportunities, including:
- Networking with SF Bicycle Coalition staff and professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to urban planning, transportation and nonprofits;
- Training on and experience with nonprofit industry standard software (Salesforce, Basecamp, etc.); and
- Presentations and trainings aimed at development of professional workforce skills.
- Indoor bike parking provided.
This unpaid internship offers a flexible schedule with a 15-25 hours/week minimum commitment. This is chiefly a Monday through Friday internship, with occasional, infrequent evenings and weekends. Interns are expected to make a three-month commitment, which may be extended. This internship will begin in either May or June 2016 and extend through either August or September 2016. While the position is not paid, we are happy to work with any academic requirements the intern may have to help them earn course credit for their efforts.
Write a compelling cover letter and resume, and submit as PDFs using the form below. Be sure to mention where you saw the internship advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.