Intern with Office of Transgender Initiatives

Advance equity for trans and LGBTQ communities!

This Position Has Been Filled

Internship Opening — Administrative and Communications Assistant
Part-Time Internship 

Office of Transgender Initiatives: The City and County of San Francisco launched the Office of Transgender Initiatives (OTI) in 2017 as the first and only trans-led city government office working with communities to advance policies, programs, and equity for transgender, gender nonconforming (TGNC), and LGBQ communities.  The OTI’s work focuses on four main areas: Civic & Community Engagement; Advising Mayor’s Office & City Departments; Training & Education; Government Policies & Programs.

Internship Description: This paid internship is a valuable opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a government setting with a dynamic team. This internship will support the Department’s communications and administrative needs. We are looking for a candidate that has experience working with the TGNC communities, specifically with communities of color, low-income communities and trans women of color. Experience should include strong written and verbal communication skills, social media and outreach skills, and administrative support. Also, web development and design experience are a plus.  


Compensation: $20.41/hr.

Duties & Responsibilities

Communications & Administrative Support

  • Administrative support:

    • Take meeting minutes and transcribe notes
    • Develop PowerPoint presentations and other visual aids
    • Schedule meetings and support staff as needed
    • Support event logistics and outreach for our civic engagement program and employee engagement programs
    • Support operations, organize and track supplies, office upkeep
  • Communications
    • Assist with content development and ongoing social media coordination with Hootsuite and other platforms
    • Copy edit and review communications materials, such as development of notes, background, event flyers and other materials
    • Conduct background research for talking points, press release, statements and briefs
    • Support graphic design including support for development of fact sheets, reports, event flyers, and other materials. Experience with Canva is a plus.
    • Support website maintenance and digital communication systems (experience with Drupal, Constant Contact or similar programs is a plus.) 

Additional Responsibilities may include:

  • Support civic engagement activities

    • Assist with collection and organization of information on community resources, events, and services offered by community-based organization to TGNC communities
    • Attend community events and provide engagement support to the team
    • Assist in answering and directing community requests to appropriate resources

Minimum Qualifications

  • Commitment to the Office of Transgender Initiative’s mission and broader equity work
  • Excellent writing and copy editing skills
  • Experience and/or education in communications including with social media platforms
  • Knowledgeable about local TGNC communities, including working knowledge of issues impacting local transgender communities, TGNC people of color, TGNC immigrants, currently and formerly incarcerated TGNC people, TGNC youth, and/or TGNC people with disabilities

Desirable Qualifications

  • Prior experience in administrative setting or similar
  • Excellent organizational skills and time management
  • Experience and/or background in visual design and website development, preferably Drupal
  • Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment with shifting priorities


How to Apply: Interested candidates can apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Include OTI Internship in the subject line. Open until filled.  No phone calls or emails, please. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for further discussion will be contacted.

Equal Employment Opportunity:  The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

Conviction History: As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Last updated May 19, 2022