Jobs and Internships

Job Openings:

No job openings are available at this time.


Spring Internships:

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.


Fundraising Intern (Spring)

~20 hours/wk. for 10-12 weeks

Duties & Responsibilities:

This internship consists of grassroots fundraising efforts in collaboration with the Development Director. The Fundraising Intern will be responsible for assisting in the coordination of fundraising activities, events, and solicitations.

Specific duties include:

  • Grant research and grant narrative development assistance
  • Identifying and outreaching to potential funding sources
  • Developing presentations for a variety of groups and companies
  • Events support (planning, logistics, donations, outreach)
  • Implementing social media strategies on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
  • Assistance with merchandise sales and distribution
  • Volunteer coordination for snail-mail fundraising appeals
  • Other tasks and assignments as needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Interest in grassroots/non-profit fundraising
  • Computer literate (including Microsoft Word and Excel competency)
  • Ability to coordinate several activities simultaneously
  • Excellent people skills and writing skills
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Ability to work well in a team and with diverse populations

Other Desired:

  • Familiarity with iMac, Adobe Suite, Google Suite
  • Bilingual English/Spanish

Please send your resume and cover letter via email to JRICE@COHSF.ORG or mail/hand-deliver to Development Director, 280 Turk St., San Francisco, CA 94102. This is an unpaid internship. Hours may fluctuate based on need. This application will remain open until the position is filled.


Policy & Advocacy Intern (Spring)

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

Responsibilities:

  • Work locally to identify issues that impact homeless populations in San Francisco by participating in weekly outreach to shelters, homeless encampments, and families living in single room occupancies.
  • Provide comments, responses and position statements as necessary and distribute to members, partners and community leaders.
  • Help with preparations for meetings with legislators, congressional delegates and other policy makers.
  • Conduct research on key policy issues impacting homeless populations in San Francisco
  • Support one citation defense shift per week and one homeless verification shift per week
  • Provide in-person support and basic advocacy to homeless individuals seeking assistance

Qualifications:

  • Interest and/or experience in public policy and homelessness
  • Self-motivating and able to take initiative
  • Basic database information entry and retrieval
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Research experience a plus

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


Street Sheet Internship 

The STREET SHEET is a publication of the Coalition on Homelessness, San Francisco (COH) dedicated to covering issues of homelessness and poverty in San Francisco. The Coalition on Homelessness was formed in 1987 to foster the active participation of homeless and low-income San Francisco residents and front-line staff in the struggle for economic and social justice. Through an integrated approach that combines outreach, peer support, leadership development, public education, advocacy, and community organizing, the COH works to defend homeless and low-income people from attacks on their rights and their persons, while advocating for permanent solutions to homelessness that take into account not only poverty’s devastating effects, but also its root causes.

Twice a month, the STREET SHEET reaches 15,000 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 STREET SHEET distribution.

What you can do: 

Writers/Reporters: Writers and reporters are either assigned stories by the editor or can pitch stories that they would like to do. Writers typically write one story every two weeks, with each story being 500-1500 words long.

Photographers: Photographers are needed to take photos to accompany stories in the paper and for our website.

Writing Workshops: Create writing workshops! Outreach, create, and facilitate writing and poetry workshops for homeless writers. Assist them in creating/editing their stories for the paper.

Vendor Program: Assist with the vendor program. Examples include: creating a sales workshop, creating community events, identifying new distribution sites, recruiting new vendors, gathering feedback from vendors, etc.

Podcast: Work to schedule  and conduct interviews, write and read out the headlines at the beginning of the episode, promote on social media to increase our listeners

Video: Create an informational video about the Street Sheet to help expand readership.

Other opportunities available – talk to us!

We expect interns to be available 20-40 hours per week for two to four months. Some work may be done remotely. To apply please send a cover letter and resume to qwatts@cohsf.org


Human Rights Organizer Intern (Spring)

20-40 hours/week x 3-4 months (hours negotiable)

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 much more. All those down for the cause are welcome to join!

Human Rights Interns will have an opportunity to work on a variety of skills reflected in the qualifications and job duties below, while gaining insight into how the crisis of homelessness is approached by government agencies, service providers, activists, and non-profits.

Qualities of a student intern for HRWG:

  • Interest and/or experience in 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 comfortable working independently;
  • 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:

  • Attending weekly workgroup meeting for consensus-based campaign decision making
  • Conducting outreach to housed and unhoused people.
  • Conducting library or field research
  • Generating flyers or other visual material for printing or social media
  • Planning, facilitating, or attending workshops and community group meetings
  • Attending government meetings or hearings
  • Art-making, banner-making, and preparing other materials for political actions
  • Providing in-person support and basic advocacy to homeless individuals on issues related to human and civil rights violations and abuses.

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