With a diverse policy, planning, and research portfolio, OPR is a dynamic and rewarding place to work. If you are interested in joining a team of talented, committed, and mission-driven professionals, monitor this page for open positions that match your skills and expertise.

About the Internship

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) & the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) are offering a paid, 10-week summer internship opportunity. Interns will work closely with a supervisor on a variety of projects that advance the Governor’s policy and planning priorities. Interns will have hands-on opportunities to learn about California State government and policy implementation. Interns will gain skills in policy research and writing, land use planning, local government outreach, interagency coordination, legislative analysis, and more..

Example Intern Projects

  • Health and equity: Intern may work on various projects to advance racial equity in California.
  • Housing and transportation: Interns may conduct research to support housing and transportation programs and planning.
  • Climate Resilience: Interns may assist in developing a cohesive and coordinated response to the impacts of climate change across the state.
  • Regions Rise Together: This initiative focuses on inclusive economic development and sustainable approaches to land use and transportation planning. Intern may engage with state policy makers with ideas about how to align funding and policy to support economic development in inland areas.
  • CEQA: Intern may participate in reviewing and processing environmental impact reports.

Compensation & Logistics

Through this internship program, OPR and SGC strives to provide opportunities for people representing California’s diverse communities to apply their skills and expertise to meaningful projects. Our paid internship structure aims to reduce barriers for potential applicants. We also welcome partnerships with educational institutions and scholarship programs that can place paid interns at agencies like ours.

OPR and SGC’s paid interns will work for 10 weeks at 20–40 hours a week depending on availability. Compensation ranges from $15.00–21.00 per hour depending on the number of academic units the applicant has completed. The start and end dates of the internship are semi-flexible. Students with a variety of academic backgrounds and experience levels, including graduate and undergraduate students, are eligible. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interns will work remotely for the duration of their internships.

General Qualifications

Ideal candidates are self-driven and independently motivated; can balance multiple projects at once and meet deadlines; are highly professional and responsible; have strong verbal and written communication as well as analytical and organizational skills; demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; demonstrate a strong interest in one or more SGC/OPR subject areas; and are able to contribute to a work environment that celebrates diverse backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences. Bonus skills: experience with GIS/modeling/mapping tools, graphic design/web design/multimedia skills, communications/outreach skills, or background in legal or legislative analysis.

How to Apply

Please see the job posting and provide a cover letter indicating your availability and a writing sample of your choice. Applications will be accepted until April 3, 2022. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.

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Please direct any questions to internships@opr.ca.gov.

About OPR & SGC

As the State’s comprehensive planning agency, OPR formulates long-range goals and policies spanning numerous issues, including land use; state and local planning; climate change risk and resilience; equity; renewable energy; transportation; health; and military affairs. OPR also serves important functions in the administration of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). SGC advances healthy, thriving, resilient communities for all by implementing policies through grant programs related to affordable housing, sustainable communities, transit-oriented development, infrastructure, conservation, health, and racial and social equity.