Internships and Fellowships

Office of Women's Policy welcomes high school, college, and graduate level applicants who want to pursue effective policy to address the needs of women and girls.  *All students must be at least 16 years old.

Internships are typically for 100 – 200 hours (usually 10 – 15 hours per week for 10 weeks) and can include evening and weekend meetings and/or events. Internships include a research-based project to advance gender equity in policy creation. 

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Interested? Follow these steps:

  1. Apply for a County Internship Level I – IV (depending on student level)
  2. Submit a cover letter, resume, and why you want to be a part of #TeamOWP  to the Office of Women's Policy at [email protected]
  3. If applicable, note your priority area of interest and why: Leadership Development (including Women’s Equality 2020 Leadership efforts and CEDAW); Justice-Involved Women and Girls; Women’s Economic Security; Gender-Based Violence initiatives; Or indicate other interest area
  4. ​Please include contact information including email, cell phone number, County District you live in, and availability
  5. Please note if you will be receiving class credit for your internship and any requirements you may need to fulfill
  6. Questions? Please contact us at [email protected] or 408- 678-1474

Hear from one of our former interns: Camila Knigge



"After volunteering for one month in the Office of Women’s Policy I have developed many new skills, and learned more about myself, as a women rights advocate, and as a person. The Office of Women’s Policy is a small, yet diligent workspace and is helping the Santa Clara County evolve. The staff is extremely respectful and hardworking, and have very much integrity. Learning about women’s issues from a county perspective helped me understand how to communicate my opinion thoughtfully, not just about women’s rights and feminism but about my thoughts. The OWP has also taught me valuable organizational and study skills, such as learning how to use software like Excel, Outlook and Word.  Being a part of this community for a brief time has also taught me the importance of youth involvement at a government level. I hope to continue to ensure that programs, policies, and practices in the Santa Clara County are equitable, gender-responsive and support the advancement of women by bringing a gender lens to policy decision making, building a pipeline to leadership, and demanding equity in governance on my own accord. ​"


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