Enterprise Community Parnters 18:PAR-078: Intern, Policy & Advocacy in San Francisco, California

Job Summary

About Enterprise

Enterprise’s mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate-income people through the creation of affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities.

Enterprise is a national non-profit, with a Northern California office based in San Francisco. As a proven and powerful nonprofit, Enterprise improves communities and people’s lives by making well-designed homes affordable. We bring together nationwide know-how, partners, policy leadership and investment to multiply the impact of local affordable housing development.

Interns at Enterprise Northern California will play an integral role in developing and advancing program and/or policy work alongside our experienced staff. You will gain exposure to our region and/or state’s most pressing affordable housing challenges and key stakeholders. Interns will also experience working from the perspective of an intermediary. Our work is frequently characterized by providing technical assistance, facilitating processes, convening coalitions, and collaborating with cross-sector partners including but not limited to public offices, community-based organizations, affordable housing developers, researchers and academics, and private funders.

Enterprise is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and a safe, healthy, and welcoming work community. Our team believes high-performing teams include people from different backgrounds and experiences who can challenge each other’s assumptions with fresh perspectives. To that end, we are actively seeking a diverse pool of applicants, including those from historically marginalized groups and folks with lived experience.

About the Internship

The Policy Intern will support the State and Local Policy Director on a range of policy-related projects and tasks. Enterprise’s policy priorities include the production of new affordable housing, the preservation of existing affordable housing, the fair placement of affordable housing, and the protection of low-income residents from displacement. This work is predominantly state-level, although it also can include regional and local policy.

The primary responsibility of this internship will be to manage a statewide advocacy campaign to keep the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program funded. The purpose of the campaign is to engage and educate stakeholders on the AHSC program, and to collect cross-sector endorsers to demonstrate the broad support for the AHSC program. This work will entail endorser outreach and engagement, coordination of the campaign’s Advisory Committee, production of advocacy materials including maps, maintenance of the campaign website and social media, developing the campaign’s advocacy strategy, and other campaign communications.

This position will also work with the Policy Director and the campaign’s Advisory Committee to organize and execute the campaign’s launch following the November election. This could entail organizing a site visit in Sacramento with key legislators, the Governor’s Office, program stakeholders, and residents.

The Policy and Advocacy Intern will also support the Policy Director with tracking and reviewing State legislation, and with state and local ballot measure advocacy.

Job Responsibilities

  • Management and execution of a statewide advocacy campaign for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program.
  • Tracking and analysis of State legislation. This position will track key legislation, provide legislative analysis as needed, and support related advocacy work.
  • Analysis and advocacy support for state and local ballot measures. This position will support Enterprise’s ballot measure advocacy.


  • Prefer continuing graduate student in public policy, urban planning, or related field, or comparable professional experience.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with campaign and/or policy advocacy preferred.
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Mapping and quantitative analysis experience preferred.
  • Good team player.
  • Ability to work effectively in fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative.
  • Ability to travel to Sacramento as needed.
  • Knowledge of affordable housing policy strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to social justice.

Desired Characteristics for Candidates

  • PASSIONATE- Committed to Enterprise’s mission. Must have a desire to join a nonprofit organization and advocate on behalf of Enterprise and the communities it serves.
  • REFLECTIVE - Willingness to learn through the process and the flexibility to examine outcomes and roles constructively and openly.
  • PROFESSIONAL- Mature in actions and attitude, toward external audiences and colleagues.
  • ADAPTABLE – Can independently and rapidly respond to new tasks and challenges. Creative troubleshooter who possesses patience, and a good sense of humor.

Additional Info.

Enterprise is accepting applications for fall 2018 internships (September through December). Fall internship hours can be flexible; however, 10-20 hours a week are preferred.

This is a paid internship.

Interviews will occur in the September. Select applicants will be called to schedule an interview which may take place in person or over the phone. _Please note: Only candidates selected for an interview will be notified. _

Company: Enterprise Community Partners

Department: Solutions/Public Policy

Location: San Francisco, CA