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Student Internship Opportunity with Mia Bonta

Deadline for online applications is August 18

Are you a college student or recent graduate who is passionate about state or local government? If so, State Assemblymember Mia Bonta encourages you to apply for her Fall 2023 Student Internship Program. The internship begins September 5 and lasts until December 15. The last day to apply is August 18.

Alameda Post - a poster for the Fall Student Internship Program with Mia Bonta
Apply online for the Fall Student Internship Program before the August 18 deadline.

“This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the inside world of the California State Assembly while helping serve the local community in the district office,” Bonta says. “Working as a hybrid intern at home and from my District Office in Oakland, you will play a key role in representing the 18th Assembly District, which includes Oakland, Emeryville, and Alameda.”

Interns will work directly with constituents, state lawmakers, and staff policy experts, and will also meet and work with local elected officials, community groups, business leaders, and non-profits from across the 18th District. 



One of the most exciting parts of the internship is the opportunity to propose new legislation, work with staff to research policy ideas, interview policy experts and interest groups, and present their findings directly to Assemblymember Bonta.

Alameda Post - State Assemblymember Mia Bonta
State Assemblymember Mia Bonta. File photo.

Requirements to apply

Candidates must be currently enrolled or have graduated from an undergraduate or community college program. The ideal candidate will have a major in Political Science, Journalism, History, International Relations, Public Policy, Economics, English, Communications, Public Relations, Legal Studies or another similar major; however, all majors are welcome to apply. Additionally, the following qualifications are critical:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to work with minimal
    supervision.
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and competing deadlines simultaneously.

These internships, which require a commitment of 10 hours per week, are unpaid positions but provide a number of benefits, including the opportunity to earn a letter of recommendation from Assemblymember Bonta. The internship may also qualify for credit from the intern’s college or university. Many legislators and senior policy staff began their careers by interning in a District office. It is an invaluable way of understanding California’s democratic process, as well as an excellent opportunity to make important contacts while serving the community.

Applications must be filed online by August 18 with all required materials (noted in the application). Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted. As space becomes available, qualified candidates will be invited for an interview, so interested candidates should file their applications as soon as possible.

Assemblymember Bonta’s office is located at 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2204, in Oakland, and the phone number is 510-286-1670.

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