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Communications and Policy

The Communication and Policy Department of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is seeking interns!  Selected candidates will work with our small team of communications and policy personnel in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.

SFDA interns receive a behind the scenes understanding of the criminal justice system, are exposed to best practices related to media and community relations, and will learn how crime and public policy related news stories are generated and developed in the media. They also receive ample training in the legislative process, and will need to attend court proceedings to provide updates on criminal cases being covered by the press. Communication and Policy interns may also conduct legal research, update and utilize social media, and help plan community outreach events.

To Apply:

  • Please see “Application Process” under “Application Deadlines” for instructions.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Community Liaison and Data

San Francisco Sentencing Community Initiatives Data Fellow (Summer Intern)

Stipend – $5,000

Reports to: Nora Gregory, Acting Director of Data, Research, and Analytics

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is seeking two Community Initiatives Data Fellows to support neighborhood-based data analysis and engagement with community partners.

Criminal Justice Racial Equity Statement: The San Francisco Community Corrections Partnership, Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, Reentry Council, and Sentencing Commission prioritize racial equity so that all people may thrive. San Francisco’s criminal justice policy bodies collectively acknowledge that communities of color have borne the burdens of inequitable social, environmental, economic, and criminal justice policies, practices, and investments. The legacy of these government actions has caused deep racial disparities throughout San Francisco’s juvenile justice and criminal justice system. We further recognize that racial equity is realized when race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes. We commit to the elimination of racial disparities in the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice Racial Equity Statement is a core tenant for data collection, data analysis and dissemination of data to community.

Department Overview
The mission of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is to promote public safety. District Attorney Jenkins believes responsible reform does not have to come at the expense of public safety. And public safety does not have to come at the expense of reform. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is committed to balancing both in the promotion of justice and safety for all.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office is responsible for restoring accountability and consequences to the criminal justice system in San Francisco. Violent and repeat offenders will no longer be allowed to victimize San Francisco without consequence.  The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office believes in giving offenders the opportunity to address the root causes of their criminal behavior and the opportunity at a second chance.  The office is dedicated to prioritizing the creation of innovative new programs that can also serve as tools for rehabilitation. This includes enhancing the programs that serve as important alternatives to incarceration for offenders who are serious about turning their lives around.

Position Description:

With generous support from the San Francisco Foundation, the SFDA is seeking two college- or graduate-level students with data analytics experience to serve as fellows with the SFDA Data, Research and Analytics, and Strategic Planning and Community Initiatives teams. Fellows will conduct neighborhood-based data analysis to better understand public-safety trends in the City of San Francisco. The fellowship will last twelve weeks and may have the possibility of extension.

 

Principal Duties and Deliverables:

  • Use a combination of data sources to help the SFDA understand neighborhood-level crime and well-being trends through a comprehensive lens to support the development of outreach and education materials for newsletters, web content, emails, and guides;
  • Assist with the preparation of reports to SFDA leadership and other key stakeholders;
  • Query databases, extract data, clean data, and merge data in preparation for statistical analysis;
  • Research performance measurements in the criminal justice field and develop or enhance measures for community well-being;
  • Develop strategies to enhance non-criminal justice data collection efficiently and effectively across systems.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Applicant should be an advanced user of Microsoft Excel familiar with at least one programming language such as R, Python, Stata, or SQL, and comfortable manipulating large data sets (100,000+ rows);
  • Prepare well-organized and accurate documents such as reports, memos, and correspondence; synthesize ideas and factual information into clear and logical written statements;
  • Speak clearly and concisely in order to express ideas and communicate work-related information to a variety of individuals and groups; listen, ask appropriate questions, and effectively elicit information;
  • Identify, research, and gather relevant information from a variety of sources; read and interpret complex written materials; analyze and evaluate data, procedures, interrelated processes, and other information; formulate conclusions and/or alternatives and develop effective recommendations;
  • Use work-related computer applications, including e-mail, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and the Internet;
  • Working knowledge of geographic information systems and spatial analysis is desired but not required;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, commission members, officials, and the general public, including a variety of individuals and groups;
  • Able to problem solve and take initiative on tasks;
  • Excellent time and process management skills, with follow-up and attention to detail critical
  • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities;
  • Demonstrates interest, energy, and enthusiasm for criminal justice reform, public safety, and racial justice policy issues, understanding the intersection of these three frameworks;
  • Flexible and able to adapt to a fast-paced environment.

All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in one combined .pdf file in the following order:

  1. Cover Letter—Please address to Nora Gregory, Acting Director of Data, Research, and Analytics, and indicate the specific program(s) that you are interested in applying for. 
  2. Resume
  3. Adult Background Investigation Form (Type into the form, save it, print it, and sign it before including it in the .pdf file)
  4. A copy of photo identification
  5. Writing Sample – No longer than 10 pages in length

Email questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org by Monday, 5/1/2023 at 5:00 pm. All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.

Please note that the applications for the San Francisco Sentencing Community Initiatives Data Fellowship for the Summer 2023 Session are closed.

Victim Services

The Victim Services Division of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office provides comprehensive advocacy and support to victims and witnesses of crime. The Victim Services Division offers free services in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish. Our Victim Advocates work to ensure that crime victims and their families are provided the services and information necessary to be an integral part of the criminal case process. We are looking for compassionate, responsible, and motivated interns to help us achieve our mission of ensuring that victims are treated fairly and that their voices are heard.

 Victim Service Interns will assist advocates and staff members perform the following job responsibilities:

  • Assist victims of crime to navigate the criminal justice system.
  • Conduct crisis counseling and intakes with victims of crime, including assistance in filing California Victim Compensation Applications.
  • Provide court support and escort victims to the courtroom when needed to testify. Offer emotional support throughout the day when the victim is testifying. 
  • Assist with front office responsibilities, including: answering phones, transferring calls to Advocates, filing, receiving, copying, and submitting documents (i.e. medical bills, appeal letters, receipts).
  • Assist with client intakes.
  • Accurately gather, organize and record data relevant to advocacy cases.
  • Provision of case status updates.
  • Offer information and make appropriate needs-based referrals to: hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, emergency resources, and community based organizations.
  • Work with Assistant District Attorneys, Investigators, and Police Inspectors on case development.
  • Conduct other duties required by management to guarantee the successful operation of the unit (i.e. generating reports, collecting and analyzing data).
  • Serve as liaison between the Victim Witness Unit and victims, witnesses, other law enforcement agencies, community agencies, service providers and other governmental personnel as such relate to advocacy.
  • Assist Victim Advocates updating and conducting outreach for new cases.

Qualifications:

  • We are looking for highly motivated, responsible candidates from the criminal justice, social work, psychology and legal academic studies fields. Candidates will be required to make a 9-month commitment from September to May for this unpaid internship, and work a minimum of 16 hours per week in office, days/times to be determined by the Intern Coordinator. Internship may meet the requirements of academic courses or departments. Bilingual skills (Spanish and Cantonese) are highly desirable and a high school diploma is required.

To Apply:

  • Please see “Application Process” under “Application Deadlines” for instructions.

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Application Process for Victim Services Interns 2024

Application Period: Monday, 04/03/2024– Friday, 06/16/2024 (due by 5:00 PM PST)

Interviews: Monday, 06/19/2024-Friday, 06/30/2024

SFDA’s Notification of Offers: By Thursday, 07/06/2024

Candidate’s Acceptance Deadline: Thursday, 07/14/2024 (due by 5:00 PM PST)

Undergrad and High School

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers unpaid internship positions for students with an interest in criminal justice who seek exposure to the unique and diverse opportunities the SFDA’s Office offers.  Students may assist prosecutors in a variety of clerical tasks such as organizing and preparing case files for trials, contacting witnesses and managing subpoenas and records surrounding both pre-trial hearings and jury trials (subject to attorney approval and supervision).  Applicants should be reliable and well organized students who can successfully balance their studies with their work at the office. Applications for high school internships are only accepted for Summer sessions.

Program Requirements

How to Apply

  • Please see “Application Process” under “Application Deadlines” for instructions.

Email questions and application material to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.

Paralegal Internship

The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office offers a voluntary paralegal internship program to students who are currently enrolled in a paralegal educational program.  The program will be offered year round.  To participate in the program, the student must be available a minimum of twelve hours per week.  We understand that some paralegal programs require a 120 hour duration for an internship and this may differ dependent on the paralegal program a student is enrolled in.

The internship program will give students an opportunity to learn about the criminal justice system and obtain the knowledge of how instrumental a paralegal’s role is in assisting in prosecution.  Paralegal student interns who qualify for the internship will be assigned to work with experienced staff in the various criminal units within the office.  Students will also be able to experience firsthand the work involved in providing justice, ensuring safety, and implementing innovative and efficient solutions to protect victims, hold offenders accountable, and resolve the underlying causes of crime.

Paralegal Internship Qualifications 

Interested students should submit the following documents:

  1. Cover letter stating the student’s reason for applying and other relevant information regarding their interests and availability
  2. Resume
  3. Documentation to show the student is enrolled in a paralegal program and in good standing (copy of transcript or enrollment letter from the registrar is sufficient) or
  4. Documentation to show the student has graduated from a paralegal program (copy of the certificate is sufficient)
  5. Complete the Adult Background Investigation Form (the background form can be typed in, saved as, printed and signed before adding to the PDF file)
  6. A copy of photo identification and
  7. References

The documentation listed above may be submitted via email to SFDAInternship@sfgov.org. Please indicate in the subject line “Paralegal Internship.”

Deadlines for all paralegal applications will be on a rolling admissions policy. Applicant materials are processed and reviewed as they are received. Students will be notified of their acceptance on a continual basis.  Please allow 1-2 weeks for processing.  

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

Please note that the applications for the Paralegal Internship for the Spring 2024 Session are closed but we are accepting applications for Summer 2024 session.

Application Deadlines

Deadlines for all applications will be on a rolling admissions policy. Applicant materials are processed and reviewed as they are received. Students will be notified of their acceptance on a continual basis. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.

*Depending on the number of applications received, recruitment could close at any time.

All applicants must complete and submit the following materials in our online application portal: 

  1. Cover Letter—Please address to the Internship Program Coordinator, and indicate the specific program(s) that you are interested in applying for. 
  2. Resume
  3. Adult Background Investigation Form
  4. A copy of photo identification
  5. Writing Sample – No longer than 10 pages in length

To Apply:

  • General Intern Application – There are currently no open sessions that we are currently accepting applications for. 
  • High School Intern Application – We are currently not accepting high school interns at this time.
  • Please be advised of our outside employment disclosure policy

Email any questions to: SFDAInternship@sfgov.org

All students will be required to complete a Criminal Record Check Information Form with the submission of their application packet. These forms are thoroughly reviewed by our Bureau of Investigation, and students are encouraged to be candid. Acceptance into any one of the Internship Programs is conditional upon the candidate passing a background check. We suggest applying as early as possible.

NOTE: Submissions that fail to meet the previous guidelines will be rejected immediately.

Fall 2024 Session Dates: To be announced

Application Deadline: To be announced

Spring 2024 Session Dates: January 22, 2024 – May 3, 2024 (15 weeks)

Application Deadline: Applications closed.

Summer 2024 Session Dates: June 3, 2024 – August 9, 2024 (10 Weeks)

Application Deadline: We are no longer taking applications for Summer 2024 as we have reached capacity. 

 

Outside Employment Disclosure

California Government Code §§1125 through 1127 prohibits local agency officers and employees from engaging in activities that are incompatible, inconsistent, in conflict, or inimical with their agency employment. As a volunteer intern with our office, interns are bound by these sections of the Government Code. Students selected for any of the intern programs are advised that they may not perform any work (paid or unpaid) for any criminal defense attorney during the pendency of their internship with this office. This applies even if the criminal defense work is in a different county. Students who have other outside employment/incompatible activity during the pendency of their internship must disclose this to our office for review prior to accepting the internship.

Should an intern engage in outside employment/incompatible activity after commencing the internship, the intern must immediately advise the Internship Program Manager. If the outside employment/incompatible activity is deemed to fall within the prohibitions of California Government Code §1125 through 1127, the intern will not be able to remain in our program. If an intern has any questions concerning other employment/incompatible activity, they should contact the Program Director.