Internship Program


The Bay Area Council is one of California’s most influential public policy and advocacy organizations, working to maintain the Bay Area as the global center of innovation. Our members include many of the region’s largest and most prominent companies. Through public policy and advocacy, we focus on building more housing, increasing investment in transportation, eliminating homelessness, modernizing our workforce, creating a more inclusive economy, and protecting the environment, among other key initiatives. We consistently achieve results by bringing together top business, government and community leaders and implementing bold and actionable solutions.

What We Do

We gather what we consider the world’s greatest business community to build the world’s greatest region, balancing long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Positions Available

We will be hiring for two positions total – one policy associate with a focus on transportation and public safety and one research associate. See descriptions below for the two roles.

Positions are open to Juniors, Seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates.



Summer Policy Associate – Transportation & Public Safety

The Bay Area Council is seeking a Summer Policy Associate to assist the Council’s transportation and public safety policy teams. Projects may include:

  1. Tracking and summarizing local, state, and federal legislation in the issue areas of transportation and public safety and drafting letters of support or opposition
  2. Providing programmatic support for the six Bay Area Council committees, subcommittees, and task forces related to transportation and public safety
  3. Assisting with administering surveys that measure the region’s post-pandemic recovery and analyzing survey data
  4. Researching various transportation funding issues at the regional, state, and federal level
  5. Attending public hearings related to the issue areas and drafting summaries on key items

Additional assignments may range from public policy research and analysis, program design, market research, website and social media content development, event management, and database development.

Summer Policy Associates will have the opportunity to attend Council events and policy committee meetings to see firsthand how the Council and its business leaders engage with stakeholder groups in shaping the future of public policy in the region.

PROMPT: In the policy area of either transportation or public safety, in ~300 words, please detail what you believe is the top challenge facing the Bay Area and why.

Summer Research Associate

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is seeking a paid Summer Research Associate to work in conjunction with staff on projects that track the Bay Area economy through a variety of economic indicators. Job functions include compiling data sources, running basic analyses, creating visualizations, and writing about findings. Associates need to have a high comfort level with Excel or a statistical software, an ability to derive findings and create a narrative from quantitative analysis, and a desire to dig into data points on the Bay Area’s economic health.

The associate will assist ongoing research projects, with a particular focus on downtown San Francisco’s economic recovery post-pandemic. Topics may include:

The Economic Institute also does significant work on global issues, so there may be some research on international affairs, migration, and connections to California.

The Bay Area Council Economic Institute is a leading think tank focused on the economic and policy issues facing the San Francisco/Silicon Valley Bay Area, one of the most dynamic regions in the United States and the world’s leading center for technology and innovation. The Institute is housed at and supported by the Bay Area Council, a public policy organization that includes hundreds of the region’s largest employers and is committed to keeping the Bay Area the world’s most competitive economy and best place to live.

PROMPT: In ~300 words, tell us about an economic or policy issue that interests you and data sources or metrics you might use to research that issue.

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