Public Policy Internship – California Child Care Resource & Referral Network – San Francisco, CA

The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network (Network) is a statewide non-profit based in San Francisco that works to inspire, inform, and advocate for a quality child care system that supports all families in California. The Network is seeking applicants for an unpaid internship assisting with advocacy around our public policy issues. This opportunity is open to undergraduate, graduate, law, and public policy students seeking to increase their involvement and knowledge of California’s early care and education (ECE) policy and legislative activities that sustain a robust system of support for families in CA.

The Network welcomes the enthusiasm that students bring to pursing these issues in depth, and in some instances whom can become experts on a specific topic. Interns at the Network will participate in meetings with senior Network staff and other ECE advocacy organizations, as well as to participate in regulatory and legislative hearings as needed. These opportunities are designed to enhance internship experience, work with advocates in ECE policy, and facilitate continuing education on important policy issues. Upon completion of the internship, interns have an opportunity to make a presentation on their focal area and engage in discussions with staff from R&R agencies and other interested parties.

Responsibilities include:

Supporting our research on state budget and ECE issues in the 2015 legislative session. Assist with creation of Fact Sheets in partnership with our Research and Policy Team
Monitoring legislative and policy hearings and lectures
Monitoring and posting on social media platforms to keep up with trends and sharing information with our constituencies
Monitoring news media coverage on key issues and synthesizing them for staff
Synthesizing key bills we are following and sharing that with Network public policy committee members and membership staff
Presenting updates and briefs on top priority issues to Network staff and members
Creation of Advocacy Tools (fact Sheets, online petitions, tracking tools, etc.) that can be used on a statewide basis or that are adaptable for local level mobilization


Current undergraduate or graduate student studying law, public policy, early childhood education or other related field
Interest and preferably some experience working in government, politics and communications
Experience with Microsoft Office programs, internet-based researches, and social media platforms
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Commit to a minimum of 8 hours per week for minimum of 3 months (flexible depending on school’s internship requirements)
Ability to travel to San Francisco and Sacramento as needed
Smart, enthusiastic, and looking to gain valuable experience in public policy and action research in the field of early care and education.


Gain expertise and/or experience in a topic of ECE Policy
Develop strong quantitative/qualitative skills
Practice ability to synthesize information from multiple sources (academic journals, newspapers, online publications, etc.)
Develop skills in attentiveness to details and results
Gain experience interacting with advocates, community members and parent leaders
Develop ability to carry out projects independently
Practice written and verbal communication skills
College credit, as available from your program
Potential reference for job or higher education applications

How to apply

The Network accepts interns on a rolling basis. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Emily Hinsey at