Summer of Service at City Hall


Time: 40 hours/week (9am - 5pm) 
Location: Stockton, CA 
Compensation: This is a volunteer position

Benefits: Eligible for scholarship in recognition of civic participation



Important Dates/Deadlines

  • Application deadline Sunday, April 7th

  • Admission results returned by Friday, April 19th, must confirm acceptance by Friday,
    April 26th

  • Summer Internship June 24th – August 16th



Upon taking office in January 2017, Michael Tubbs became both Stockton’s
youngest mayor and the City’s first African-American mayor. Michael Tubbs is also the
youngest mayor in the history of the country representing a city with a population of over
100,000 residents. Recognized as one of Politico’s Top 50, Fortune’s 2018, Top "40 under 40," Forbes' 2018 list of the “30 Under 30”, Tubbs’ leadership paired with an ambitious
progressive agenda has received national recognition. In his first year, Mayor Michael Tubbs secured $20,000,000 to launch the Stockton Scholars, a place-based scholarship that aims to triple the number of Stockton students entering and graduating from college. Tubbs also brought Advance Peace to Stockton, a data driven program that works to reduce gun violence in communities. Additionally, with an innovative public-private partnership supported by a $1,000,000 grant, Tubbs launched the nation’s first ever city-led guaranteed income demonstration.


Stockton is a city with a challenging past and a promising future. We are making strides with coordinated efforts to address crime, stabilize our fiscal health, and expand educational opportunity for our children. These efforts are paying off as we were once again named an “All-America City,” ranked one of the most fiscally healthy cities in the nation, and have seen a 2.5% reduction in unemployment and a 40% reduction in shootings and homicides. We are a city of over 300,000 people in search of innovative, low-cost, and high-impact policy solutions. Policy research interns will receive on-the-job training for how to research, prepare, and present policy proposals for implementation. Interns will focus on a number of pressing issues including, but not limited to: building a world class cradle-to-career pipeline grounded in a place-based scholarship, supporting community-driven pilots around the green economy, and working on the nation’s first ever city-led guaranteed income demonstration that aims to test a simple, yet innovative, solution to poverty and inequality. As an intern in the Office of the Mayor, here is a brief sampling of the experience:


  • Paired with a qualified mentor that aligns with your interests

  • Government engagement through a bi-weekly speaker series with guest speakers including program directors, police officials, and city planners, among others

  • Educational Excursions to the Haggin Museum, Stockton Arena, and the Stockton Certified Farmers Market

  • Weekend service projects

  • Direct interaction with the Mayor and his staff

  • Attendance and observation of council hearings, press conferences, and high-level meetings

Qualifications and Skills 

  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills

  • Experience writing grants or willingness to learn the skill

  • Maturity to work successfully in a demanding professional environment

  • Strong computer literacy

  • Ability to work independently and in teams

  • Dedication to service



  1. High school students aged 16 or older

  2. Persons currently enrolled in or recently graduated from an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a two-to-four year accredited institution

  3. Veterans of the United States Armed Forces who possess a high school diploma or its equivalent and have served on active duty, for any length of time, in the two years preceding the first day of the internship


To Submit Your Application 
Please submit the following to and include “Application for Summer Internship 2019” as your subject line: 



  1. List of 2 professional or academic references

  2. Response to the following questions:

    1. Why are you interested in interning for the Mayor of Stockton? What do you bring to the experience and what do you hope to gain from it? (250 words).

    2. Describe a problem in Stockton, explain why it need needs fixing, and propose a policy that will address it with the goal of implementation. (300 words)

    3. Describe yourself. (5 words)


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“The challenges we face as a community are really difficult and when you come into this office, you’re going to be on the front lines of what’s going on in the city.” 

- Mayor's Office