The Bay Area Council is a business-sponsored, public policy and advocacy organization for the nine-county Bay Area. It is a nonprofit organization supported by more than 275 member companies representing the top employers in the Bay Area and a staff of 36 employees. The Council proactively advocates for a strong economy, a vital business environment, and a better quality of life for everyone who lives in the Bay Area.

In a recent anonymous employee survey, colleagues said they like working at the Council because of:

  • “The people, love that we are a noble cause organization, am so proud of the work we do, love our members, our ability to help the region. I really like the BAC culture, friendliness, humor and fun in the workplace.”
  • “Being allowed to bring who I am as a person to my role and performance as a Council employee.”
  • “Challenges, latitude to innovate, ability to manage my time and goals fairly independently, great friends and team members.”
  • “Many really smart people to work around all willing to do whatever is necessary to get things done”
  • “The Council has an awesome mission, and an ability to rally together to achieve lofty goals. The staff feels like a family”

Internship Opportunities

Intern or co-op student needed to provide research, analytical, communications, marketing, planning and administrative support to this public policy advocacy organization for the Bay Area business community.  Support for the organization’s global initiative, including promoting trade and investment between China and California may also be involved.  Assignments may range from public policy research and analysis, program design, market research, trade and investment promotion, foundation unding analysis and requests, website content development, event management, and database development.  Administrative support such as coordinating mailings, managing contact lists, and arranging meetings will also be involved, but will not be a major part of the workload.


  • College juniors, seniors or graduate students.  Individuals who are no longer in school are not eligible.
  • Academic background and/or previous experience in public policy areas or international business desirable.
  • Applicants must be self-motivated and reliable, with a good work ethic.
  • Excellent communication, research, and writing skills.
  • Applicant should be conscientious, show good attention to detail, and produce consistently accurate work.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications, particularly Word and Excel.

Interns will have the opportunity to attend Council events and policy committee meetings to see first-hand how the Council and its CEO-level members engage with stakeholder groups in the shaping of public policy for the region.

The work environment is a highly professional office located in the heart of the San Francisco Financial District.

The internship is unpaid.


Summer:  Full-time (30-40  hours per week) for a two to six month period

Fall-Spring-Winter:  Full-time and part-time schedules are available (15-40 hours per week)

Applicants please submit cover letter with resume to  No telephone inquiries please.