The Position. Coastal management careers are historically underrepresented among racial and ethnic populations. The purpose of the BCDC Internship Program is to increase diversity in the coastal management workforce. Undergraduate college students who are first generation and/or from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for this opportunity to gain hands-on-experience with a small State agency focused on protecting and enhancing the San Francisco Bay. BCDC values diversity and equity at all levels of the agency and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from all backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcome and can thrive.
The internship program will provide students the experience to learn and build a foundational background and robust overview of San Francisco Bay coastal science, policy and management work. Interns will participate in projects that directly affect and shape San Francisco Bay, the shoreline, wetlands, and surrounding communities. Selected interns will be immersed in a wide variety of coastal and policy issues, including in environmental justice and social equity, and acquire knowledge from experienced staff and/or mentors. Additionally, interns will have opportunities to participate in multi-stakeholder events and public meetings. BCDC staff and/or mentors may provide support and assistance for effective resume-writing and interviewing tips. Selected interns may be eligible to receive credit toward college internship requirements based on their university’s criteria.
The BCDC Internship is a 10-week, paid internship that includes experiential learning, multidisciplinary collaboration, mentorship, professional development, and opportunities to work with multiple stakeholders. This internship experience will give students opportunities to be actively engaged in acquiring skills, increasing knowledge, and being exposed to what careers in coastal zone research and management can entail. Interns will have meaningful engagement with industry-leading professionals, including BCDC Commissioners, local agencies, and community leaders, and become aware of the general principles and multifaceted approaches to coastal zone management. All of the interns will work on projects and efforts related to advancing the BCDC’s Strategic Plan to Protect and enhance the San Francisco Bay.
All interested students who meet the Minimum Qualifications below are encouraged to apply.
Minimum Qualification. The selected candidate(s) must have proof of application for, or enrollment as a student at a college or university, including community colleges. No prior job experience is required; any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the desired skills is qualifying.
This is a non-testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position. Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.
- Build a foundational background and robust overview of coastal zone management.
- Participate in projects that directly affect and shape San Francisco Bay, its shoreline, and its various habitats.
- Work with various industry leading stakeholders from multidisciplinary academic backgrounds.
- Participate in collaborative multi-program workgroups.
- Learn from mentors experienced in a wide variety of policy issues, including in environmental justice and social equity.
- Participate in site visits, Commission meetings, and other public meetings.
- Write an effective resume and receive interviewing assistance.
- Learn about the State of California hiring process.
- Experience a few different types of jobs within the organization.
- Receive credit toward college internship requirements.
Desired Skills and Abilities.
- An actively enrolled rising junior or senior college student in good academic standing is preferred (a current GPA of 2.7 and higher is preferred, but not required).
- An individual with high potential and the desire to learn more about San Francisco Bay, climate change, shoreline conservation and development, and how governments work.
- A highly organized and motivated individual who has demonstrated creative problem-solving skills.
- The ability to research and analyze problems and make recommendations based on research and findings.
- One who can work independently and collaboratively as part of a team in both a professional physical office and/or a virtual environment.
- An individual with strong communication skills, and non-English language proficiencies encouraged.
- Technically adept with frequently used software tools including the suite of Microsoft Office 365, and potentially Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical software.
- Experience and/or willingness to learn how to organize, analyze, and manage large amounts of data, and how to prepare charts, tables, and reports for use by non-experts.
- Interest in learning about of general concepts and principles involved in environmental justice and equity issues, including community outreach and engagement strategies.
- Familiarity and/or general knowledge of vulnerable communities in the Bay Area and working with low-income, diverse populations.
Some educational institutions require prior approval before the start of an internship. It is the responsibility of the student to check with their institution to be sure they meet any requirements before they accept a position.