San Francisco

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2020 San Francisco Placements

Alameda County Sustainability - Sustainability Fellow

Alameda County’s Office of Sustainability is the County government’s internal sustainability department, not unlike the Harvard Office for Sustainability. Interning with the Sustainability Office team provides a unique opportunity to gain insight into environmental policy development and implementation in local government. This summer, the Sustainability Office is advancing several major initiatives from the County's award-winning Climate Action Plan for Government Operations and Services (see We expect that the Sustainability Intern’s main focus will be on climate adaptation – designing ways to reduce the impact of effects of climate change, such as heat waves and extreme weather, on the county residents we serve. The Sustainability Intern will help assess needs and identify opportunities to promote climate resilience, both for specific public health issues and broader strategic planning.

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Bay Area Legal Aid - Summer Fellow

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. From Silicon Valley to Napa Valley, we help clients protect their livelihoods, their health, and their families. Our clients include the working poor, families with children, foster youth, seniors, immigrants, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Through our regional county offices, our mobile advocacy clinics, and our nationally-recognized Legal Advice Line, BayLegal prevents domestic violence and sexual assault, increases economic stability, protects consumers, expands access to healthcare, and prevents homelessness. For our clients, BayLegal makes the difference between staying in poverty and thriving toward a brighter future.

BayLegal offers an array of opportunities in a dynamic, fast-paced office environment. Each summer, BayLegal hosts approximately 40 students and the Fellow would have the opportunity to work along with BayLegal staff and law clerks, supporting all aspects of our team's legal work. Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, Fellows may participate in various levels of legal assistance, including: conducting client interviews, assisting in trial preparation; research and writing; assisting self-represented litigants; translation; and participating in community outreach and education.

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Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (EBC) is a community-based organization in Oakland, CA. We are named after Ella Baker, a brilliant, black unsung hero of the civil rights movement. EBC’s current focus is on building a movement to end mass incarceration and mass criminalization and reinvest in the low-income communities of color most damaged by it. Following in our name sake Ella Baker’s footsteps, we are building the power of people of color and low-income people impacted by cycles of poverty and incarceration, with folks across sectors to generate support for Truth and Reinvestment—moving resources away from mass incarceration to programs and ideas that enhance public safety, health, and economic security.

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International Rescue Committee - Economic Empowerment Fellow

Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee is a leading non-sectarian non-profit organization providing emergency relief, protection, rehabilitation assistance, resettlement services, and advocacy for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. The IRC responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 29 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity, and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. This year, the IRC in Oakland will be resettling international refugees from Afghanistan, Burma, Eritrea, Syria, among others. Domestically, our 29 offices across the U.S. work with refugees to help them gain self-sufficiency and ensure new arrivals have food, shelter, and clothing.

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Juma Ventures - Summer Fellow

Juma is an agency of 50 full-time employees that employs youth, trains them on soft skill development, and connects them to employers and post-secondary education opportunities. Juma's mission is to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capabilities for youth across America. In 1993, Juma Ventures ( became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise—a single Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop in San Francisco. Since then, Juma has grown into a nationally-recognized youth development organization serving 1,000 low-income students each year at 16 different major sporting venues in nine cities – Atlanta, New Orleans, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Sacramento, Seattle, Dallas, and Houston. 

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Room to Read - Finance & Accounting Intern

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods that are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. By focusing on the quality of education provided within the communities and ensuring these outcomes are measured, we have created a model that can be replicated, localized and sustained by governments. Room to Read has benefited 12.4 million children across over 20,000 communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Grenada, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Vietnam and Zambia, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020. Learn more at

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