Summer Internships

Deadline for all internships: Friday, May 5 at 11:59pm.

Education & Media Summer Intern

~ 30-40 hours/week x 2-4 months (hours negotiable)

The Coalition on Homelessness is comprised of homeless people and allies who have been organizing together since 1987 to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, to protect the rights of the poorest people in our society, and to create real solutions to contemporary homelessness.

San Francisco has enough money to end homelessness, but it spends less than 3% of its budget on an issue that residents have voted as the number one issue in the city. One of the strategies that the Coalition takes to ending homelessness is through shifting the narrative around homelessness by creating platforms for homeless people’s voices to be heard.

The Street Sheet is a publication of the Coalition on Homelessness. Twice a month, the Street Sheet reaches 16,000 readers through 230 homeless or low-income vendors, who are not made to pay for the papers that they receive, and who keep all money they earn through the Street Sheet distribution. With the belief that homeless folks should have a voice in decisions and policies that impact their lives, the Coalition On Homeless established the Homeless Speakers Bureau to give voice to those experiencing homelessness. Led by homeless people for other homeless people, the goal of the Speakers Bureau is to narrow the gap between talking about something and fully understanding it.

Qualities of intern:

  • Interest and/or experience in education and media centered around homeless people’s voices, fighting poverty and homelessness, grassroots organizing and direct action, and/or outreach and participant driven research
  • Studying issue areas including sociology, social work, urban affairs, public policy, and social justice oriented fields
  • Self-motivated, willing to learn, and takes initiative
  • Excellent written, research, and verbal communication skills
  • Able to work with compassion and in solidarity with homeless and poor folks!

Responsibilities:

  • Attend weekly workgroup meeting (Housing Justice and Human Rights) for consensus-based campaign decision making
  • Coordinate and plan media and creative writing workshops
  • Help coordinate the Homeless Speakers Bureau
  • Assist with distribution and programming of Street Sheet
  • Assist the Street Sheet editor in creating content and producing the Street Sheet
  • Assist in conducting presentations and creating educational materials to groups
  • Help coordinate film, art, and photography collectives
  • Shift narratives around homelessness using website and social media
  • Provide in-person support and basic advocacy to homeless individuals seeking support in issues related to human rights and civil rights violations and abuses

If interested, email Sam Lew at slew@cohsf.org with a resume and cover letter. This is an unpaid internship. Start dates are negotiable.

Human Rights Organizer Internship

~ 20 hours/week x 3-4 months (hours negotiable)

The Coalition on Homelessness is comprised of homeless people and allies who have been organizing together since 1987 to expand access to housing in one of the richest cities in the country, to protect the rights of the poorest people in our society, and to create real solutions to contemporary homelessness.
The Human Rights Workgroup envisions a San Francisco that recognizes that universal human rights must extend to poor and homeless people, and where dignity, respect, compassion, and equality are the standard of the community and the policy of the city.
In the midst of the housing crisis, poor people are getting hit from both sides: Many are becoming homeless, and those who are homeless are facing unprecedented criminalization efforts. Thousands are on the streets in San Francisco, shelters are overflowing, and prosecution of homeless people is getting fiercer.
The Human Rights Workgroup has been doing some serious heavy lifting on these issues: conducting direct research, producing critical reports, outreach to people on the streets, running multiple campaigns, developing policy, staging direct actions, capturing media attention, and so much more. All those down for the cause welcome to join!

Qualities of a student intern for HRWG:
• interest and/or experience in Civil Rights and Human Rights issues, fighting Criminalization of Poverty and Homelessness, grassroots organizing and direct action, and/or outreach and participant driven research;
• studying issue areas such as: sociology, social work, urban affairs, public policy, and social justice oriented fields;
• very self-motivated and and self-starting;
• excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for 3-4 months at a minimum.

Job Duties of a student intern for HRWG:
• attend weekly workgroup meeting for consensus-based campaign decision making;
• participate in at least 3 outreaches per month;
• support 1 Citation Defense shift per week;
• periodically update Workgroup webpage;
• take on weekly tasks such as research, media making, planning meetings, attending hearings & actions, and art-making;
• provide in-person support and basic advocacy to homeless individuals seeking support in issues related to human and civil rights violations and abuses.

Email cover letter and resume to HumanRights@cohsf.org. This is an unpaid internship. Start time is negotiable.

Development Intern 

The Coalition on Homelessness organizes poor and homeless people to create permanent solutions to poverty and homelessness while protecting the civil and human rights of those forced to remain on the streets. Started in 1987, low-income and homeless people work in every aspect of the organization, from the volunteers to the staff and leadership body.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Overall responsibilities include development and fundraising related duties in collaboration with the Development Coordinator. The Development Intern will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of fundraising activities, events, and funding solicitations. Specifically, these duties include:

  • Assistance with grant research and potential new funding sources
  • Coordinating and supporting the launch of presentations to a variety of groups and companies
  • Supporting fundraising events (ex: Bocce Ball and Annual Art Auction) with logistics, donations, outreach, etc.
  • Overseeing development needs on social media (ex: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
  • Assistance with a sales and distribution plan for merchandise
  • Contributing toward the development of a monthly sustainer campaign for 2017
  • Overseeing the monthly Street Sheet mailing process
  • Supporting direct mail and any other solicitations
  • Other tasks and assignments as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Interest in development work and fundraising
  • Computer literate (familiarity with Macintosh a plus)
  • Ability to coordinate several activities simultaneously
  • Excellent people skills and writing skills
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel and database software (FileMaker Pro a plus) or ability to learn the latter
  • Ability to work well in a team and with diverse populations

Internship start time is negotiable, but as soon as possible. Candidate should be available between 10-15 hours per week, but hours may fluctuate based on need. This application is on a rolling basis and until position is filled. This is an unpaid internship. Please send resume and cover letter to Lesley Haddock, Development Coordinator, at lhaddock@cohsf.org, 468 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94102, or hand deliver to the same address.