The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition works to promote bicycling for everyday transportation. Our member-based grassroots organization is considered one of the largest, most active and effective advocacy groups in the country. For more than 50 years, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has a proven track record of winning better bicycling improvements.
Commitment to Equity and Justice
The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition acknowledges the harms biking culture and unequal access to transportation have inflicted upon underserved communities — especially people of color, folks with disabilities, people from working-class backgrounds, women, and those with LGBTQ+ identities. We believe that these communities must be centered as leaders in the work we do; therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people with these identities.
The Bicycle Advocacy Intern will support our Advocacy Team, with a focus on engaging our members and community partners in all phases of our street campaign work. This will include using our various communication channels (website, blog posts, social media and emails) mixed with on-the-ground outreach and in-office research to build support for new and improved bike infrastructure throughout San Francisco.
What you’ll learn:
- Various stages of winning a campaign, including internal State/Regional/City planning, public outreach, and policy making
- Strategies to engage a large membership and the community-at-large to build support for bike infrastructure and policy change in San Francisco
- The inner workings of various City and State agencies and what bicycle advocacy looks like in through meeting with project managers, elected officials and/or other decision-makers
Essential Roles and Responsibilities:
- Assisting Advocacy Team with grassroots outreach, which may include streetside outreach or phone calls and emails to individual members, community based organizations, and city staff
- Attending a variety of meetings to take notes and make public comment, as needed
- Assisting Advocacy Team with research to strengthen our knowledge base
- Drafting content for emails and our blog regarding our advocacy work
- Data entry for tracking campaign progress
Required skills or abilities:
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Experience in public and professional settings
- Some experience and/or knowledge of copy editing to produce high-quality communications
- Ability to work on tasks independently, set personal and professional goals and manage time productively
Desired skills or abilities:
- Ability to get around the city to attend meetings and/or perform outreach
- Comfortable riding a bike in an urban environment
- Passion for making San Francisco a better city for living and biking
- Tuesday, February 14th, 2023 – Wednesday, May 31st, 2023
Internship Mandatory Attendance Dates:
- Tuesday, February 14th (Intern Orientation Day)
- Friday, May 19th ( Bike to Wherever Day)
- $16.99 per hour with a 10 – 15 hour/week minimum commitment
- One year’s free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition;
- First hand experience in one of the country’s oldest and largest bicycle advocacy organizations
- Ongoing professional development opportunities, including:
- Networking with SF Bicycle Coalition staff and professionals in a variety of fields, including but not limited to urban planning, transportation and nonprofits;
- Training on and experience with nonprofit industry-standard software (Salesforce, WordPress, Marketing Cloud, etc.); and
- Presentations and trainings aimed at development of professional workforce skills.
This paid internship offers a flexible schedule with a 10-15 hours/week minimum commitment. This is a Monday through Friday internship, with occasional, infrequent evenings and weekends. Interns are expected to make a three-month commitment, which may be extended.
To apply, please submit a resume and a PDF with your answers to the below four questions. A formal cover letter is not required. Please make your answers roughly one paragraph each:
- What makes you excited to intern at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition?
- How would this internship contribute to your long term personal and professional goals?
- Please discuss any community outreach and/or volunteer recruitment experience.
- Tell us about yourself (hobbies, interests, etc)
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.