Student Intern/Graduate Student Intern-Citywide

  • Internship
  • Pacifica
  • Salary: $15.00-$26.00

Website Public Service


540 Crespi Drive Pacifica, 94044


The City of Pacifica will host approximately five (5) summer internship, from majors that inclulde finance, planning, political science, public administration, public works/engineering and many others. This intern program will run from approximately May 30, 2022 through August 19, 2022. Interested students should apply on-line at  Selected applicants will be contacted by April 15, 2022 to participate in an interview process. The interview process is anticipated to be held in early May.

Interns are expected to perform substantive work, develop professional relationships, and help make a positive impact in the City of Pacifica.

Why Apply?

  • Growth – we are committed to exposing you to a work environment that will sharpen your writing, presentation, research, analysis, and critical thinking skills.
  • Training – this internship experience will provide real-world experience and training toward an entry-level professional position within a city government.
  • Mentoring – the selected intern will be mentored by City Staff.
  • Networking – access to a network of professionals in the field of local government.

About the City

The City of Pacifica is a Bay Area coastal community of approximately 40,000 residents and is located 12 miles south of San Francisco. Pacifica is a unique family-oriented coastal community that prides itself on fostering a small-town feel. The City of Pacifica is a General Law City incorporated in 1957 and operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Legislative authority is vested in a five-member City Council elected in 2020 for four-year overlapping terms. The Mayor is selected each year by a majority vote of the other Council members. The Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and members of City advisory commissions and committees. City Manager is responsible for the oversight of daily operations and provides leadership for the City’s departments and programs. As a full-service city (approximately 170 FTE) with an adopted FY 2021-22 General Fund budget of $40.8 Million, the City delivers municipal services through seven departments: the City Manager’s office (including the City Clerk, Economic Development, and contract City Attorney); Administrative Services (Finance, Human Resources, and IT Divisions); Parks, Beaches, and Recreation; Planning; Public Works (Field Services & Engineering and Wastewater); Police; and Fire (via North County Fire Authority). Employees are represented by eight bargaining units.

About the Program

The City of Pacifica’s Summer Internship Program was developed in collaboration between the City and the “The Next Generation Committee”. Sponsored by the City/County Managers Associations of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, the Committee is chartered with identifying programs to address the “retirement wave” of baby-boomer managers and professionals who are exiting local government in the region. In an effort to attract university students to local government careers, internships are available each year for university students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Ideal Candidate

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in pursuing a career in local government. The candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, reliable, punctual and honest. The candidate will also be proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat with the ability to learn new processes quickly and efficiently, as well as a desire to provide services to the community

Departments that most frequently offer internship opportunities are listed below.

The City Manager’s Office/Finance Department internship provides an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in enhancing their knowledge and experience in finance, budget, contract administration, accounting, and administrative functions. This is an entry-level position to attract a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who is interested in providing exceptional service to our community. This internship provides an excellent opportunity for an individual interested in developing their knowledge, experience and skills in finance and budget, community engagement and more generally in local government administration. Through mentorship and under general supervision, the successful candidate will be responsible to complete specific projects and a variety of on-going assignments to help develop their knowledge and skills in local government administration. Some of the various projects and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching and analyzing various policies and/or programs
  • Updating internal procedures and policies
  • Drafting and editing reports
  • Assisting with implementation of City Council priorities
  • Assisting with community engagement efforts
  • Attending departmental and community meetings
  • Assisting with preparation of operating and capital budget documents
  • Researching, analyzing and compiling best practices for various policies and/or programs
  • Assisting with cost-benefit and efficiency analyses of various City programs and initiatives
  • Opportunity to report and/or present to the City Council
  • Assisting with preparation of staff training material and resources

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education & Experience

Some completed coursework leading to an Undergraduate degree, with major in Public or Business Administration, Finance, Accounting, Human Resources, City Planning is desired (but not required).

Knowledge of:

  • Microsoft Office software (e.g. Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint)
  • Adobe software (e.g. Adobe Acrobat, InDesign, and Photoshop)
  • Local government operations

The Public Works Department’s mission is to provide to provide maintenance and repair of the city’s infrastructure in an efficient and cost-effective manner while providing a high level of customer service and a safe work environment for city employees; to maintain parks, play fields and medians throughout the city; to keep streets and trails clean and well-maintained; to provide a tree program and clean beaches for all to enjoy; to establish programs for the improvement of existing facilities; and to provide various city departments with safe and reliable means of transportation, facilities and equipment use.

The Public Works Department will offer a unique variety of oppoortunities across a number of fields of study for students to enhance their academic learning with real world knowledge, receive valuable training while providing public service to the community, and experience a professional work environment where they can develop both work and life skills. Interns can work on fun projects, make presentations, create and prepare training materials, do valuable research, use tech savvy skills to help market materials and provide overall team support.

The Parks, Beaches, and Recreation is to cultivate healthy communities through quality programs and dynamic public spaces. Through proactive, strategic work plans, and create and implement outreach that is creative, articulate and engaging while telling a story of “Building Community Through Fun”. Hone your skateboarding, pilates, or dancing skills. Embark on exciting adventures with us by joining Summer Adventure Camp or learn how to surf the waves at Linda Mar Beach with one of our Surf Camps. Have fun while you improve your talents with a favorite hobby or join a league for friendly competitive play. If the kids need swimming lessons, or the teenagers a safe and exciting way to socialize, then don’t worry, we have something for everyone in your family!

Interns’ skills and talents will contribute to the creation and activation of community-building places, programs and people. Interns will gain experience and building their portfolio as interns provide general support, assist in event production and work on specific prorams and projects important to the City.

The Planning Department is responsible for both long range planning, which involves guiding the City’s future by City’s General Plan, Coastal Plan, Zoning Law, and other specific and area development plans which provide for and control the future physical development and conservation of the City, based upon geographic, social, economic, and environmental characteristics of the community.

The internship program is designed to offer professional learning opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in the urban planning field.


This is unbenefitted position.

Special Instructions

How to Apply:  Interested candidates should submit an official City of Pacifica employment application, resume, and supplemental questionnaire online on

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