Office of Economic Development @ City of Berkeley
Do you want to work in a fast-paced environment where major decisions about the City are
made on a daily basis? Like the idea of working with a wide range of Berkeley businesses?
Enjoy learning about new, innovative technologies and apps being created right here in
Berkeley? Then the Office of Economic Development has an awesome internship position
available for you.
The City of Berkeley Office of Economic Development (OED)’s mission is to assist businesses,
entrepreneurs, artists and community organizations to access services, feel welcome in
Berkeley, and thrive. OED provides assistance to new, growing and legacy businesses in
Berkeley on topics such as: starting a business, commercial real estate, economic data, industry
networks, outdoor commerce, financing, green business, and the local innovation ecosystem.
OED also works closely with local and regional partners to support a vibrant economy that
includes UC Berkeley, the Berkeley Lab, nine commercial districts, several award-winning
theatre groups and trendsetting companies in fields from alternative energy to biotechnology
to local food production.
Duties and Tasks
This paid internship will involve a variety of assignments related to a range of economic
development activities including business outreach, marketing and communications, research,
event planning, commercial district support, data analysis, and other clerical tasks.
- Innovation ecosystem support: Support implementation of the Berkeley Startup Cluster
(BSC) workplan to make Berkeley a more vibrant, accessible and equitable place for
startups to launch and grow. Manage BSC communications via monthly newsletters,
social media posts, and the BSC website. Support the “Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley
Values” campaign to help Berkeley’s innovation sector grow in a way that aligns with
Berkeley’s values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Help with related innovation
sector communications, event promotion, and stakeholder outreach.
- Support OED marketing initiatives: Conduct business outreach to understand and
communicate the contributions that local businesses make to the City’s value and
character. Design communications materials and help with marketing campaigns that
support local shopping, community pride, and Berkeley business creation, expansion
and retention. Examples include: the DiscoveredinBerkeley business marketing campaign, Manufacturing Day events for the community to learn about local producers, and the Outdoor Commerce Guide for Business Owners.
- OED research and report preparation: Assist with quantitative and qualitative research
to create and update OED reports, databases, and presentations that inform city policies
and programs, e.g., analyze employment and sales tax data, collect storefront vacancy
data, conduct interviews, prepare survey questions. Project examples could include
helping with OED’s Commercial District and Economic Dashboards, which include
analysis of commercial occupancy and sales tax data or synthesizing the results from
OED surveys. (For examples of past OED reports, please view:
- Assistance with OED and Planning Department joint initiatives: Analyze how
Berkeley’s project and business review policies compare with those of surrounding
communities, and help develop tools (e.g., checklists and infographics) for businesses
navigating the permit process. Assist with special projects, as requested.
- Additional OED research, outreach or administrative assistance: Provide assistance to support citywide economic vitality and ensure the efficient operation of OED’s day-to-day office needs. This may include answering phone calls, responding to emails, scheduling meetings and appointments, maintaining OED’s contact list, taking notes, managing chatboxes in Zoom calls (or other online forums), promoting OED’s small business retention programs or sector-specific events, and providing general support to local businesses, investors, community organizations, artists, property owners, real estate brokers, business networks, and more.
OED is looking for a highly-motivated, self-starting, well-rounded individual with interests in
communications (both written and social media), data analysis, outreach, event planning, and
policy research. Additional interest in economic development, urban planning, business,
entrepreneurship, public policy, graphic design, geography, art, creative placemaking,
sustainability, transportation, innovation networks or technology is desired. Attention to detail
and ability to work independently and professionally in the community is a must. Reliable
transportation within the boundaries of the City of Berkeley (bus, walking, bike all ok) is
Paid interns must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and either:
(a) Be enrolled full-time or part-time in an accredited college or university in an undergraduate,
graduate, or doctoral degree program; OR
(b) Have obtained a degree within the last twelve (12) months; OR
(c) Be in the process of meeting the internship requirements as stipulated for an educational,
certification, or licensure program.
10-20 hours per week, minimum of 6 months up to 1 year, starting in Q1 2023
Please submit a cover letter, resume, and two examples of your work from within the last 3
years (e.g. executive summary of a written report, slide presentation, Excel worksheet,
newsletter, memo, press release or other short – no more than 3 pages – written
Application Submission Deadline:
Friday, December 9, 2022
For additional information, contact:
Elizabeth Redman Cleveland
Chief Strategist, Sustainable Growth
City of Berkeley, Office of Economic Development