Internship Program Application


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Update Regarding Senate District 39’s Internship

Thank you for your interest in Senator Atkins’ internship program. Unfortunately, out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, we will be canceling the program until further notice and will not be offering remote opportunities to interns or volunteers. We will be revisiting our internship program and will revise this page accordingly in response to public health directives.

Thank you again for your interest. Please continue to stay safe. If you have further questions, please contact Pamela Ison at


Senator Toni Atkins is seeking bright and engaged high school seniors or undergraduate students who are interested in civic engagement and community service. Interns acquire and improve upon useful skills such as public relations, written and oral communications, and office administration. Joining #TeamToni will offer the rewarding experience of working with a legislator who deeply cares about the community and the issues they face. Top issues of importance to Senator Atkins include: affordable housing and homelessness, healthcare, LGBT and women’s rights, veterans issues, the environment and more. As an intern, you will be prepared to provide support to staff with special events, constituent services, and general administrative duties of the district office.

Preference will be given to applicants who live, work, or attend school in the 39th Senate District. Check your address.

You may apply for the internship program within two months of your preferred semester (example: apply anytime between March 15 and May 15 to be considered for the Summer program). Please see the application timelines and deadlines below:

  • Application period for Spring Semester (February – May) applicants is November 15 – January 15.
  • Application period for Summer (June – August) applicants is March 15 - May 15.
  • Application period for Fall Semester (September – December) applicants is July 15 – September 15.

All applications will be reviewed after the deadline. Selected applicants will be also contacted for interviews.

About the 39th Senate District:
Senator Toni Atkins represents nearly 1 million constituents in over 100 different communities, including the cities of Coronado, Solana Beach, and Del Mar. See a map of the district.

Essential duties include:

  •  Ability to manage multiple tasks
  •  Proficient in using Microsoft Word and Excel
  •  Assist in research and planning of upcoming events and projects
  •  Develop clear knowledge and understanding of functions of the California State Legislature
  •  Assist with responding to a variety of constituent inquiries and issues
  •  Staffing booths at weekend community events
  •  Attending events with district staff
  •  Other tasks as assigned

Although unpaid, interns receive important benefits such as working directly with elected officials, community leaders and local residents. Interns may also qualify for internship credit from their university or school, as well as earn a letter of recommendation from the Senator.

How to apply:
Please fill out the application below. Your cover letter should describe your interest in public service and why you would like to intern in Senator Toni Atkins’ office. If you have any questions, please email or call Chevelle Newell-Tate, Internship Coordinator, at (619) 645-3133 or


*Note: This is a voluntary and unpaid internship.

Thank you for your interest!