Internship Opportunities

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We are not currently accepting applications for internships.  Please check back for updates regarding virtual internships for Fall 2020.  Archived information is below.


The San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) is seeking a recent law school graduate to partner on fellowships, including Bridge Fellowships. More information is below. Applicants should be prepared to begin work in mid- to late-August 2019. 




About the San Francisco Human Rights Commission

The HRC advocates for human rights issues and enforces non-discrimination laws as a municipal enforcement agency in the City and County of San Francisco.  For nearly 50 years, HRC has grown in response to San Francisco’s mandate to address the causes of and problems resulting from prejudice, intolerance, bigotry and discrimination.   We:

  •       Advocate for equity as well as human and civil rights;
  •       Investigate and mediate discrimination complaints;
  •       Resolve community disputes and issues involving individual or systemic illegal discrimination; and
  •       Provide technical assistance, information and referrals to individuals, community groups, businesses and government agencies related to human rights and social services.

About the Fellowship

We value our fellows and pride ourselves on providing educational and meaningful internship experiences. As a host organization, we ensure that fellows will be actively engaged in important projects that are vital to our work.  

Starting in Fall 2019, HRC seeks to partner a Bridge Fellow and a social work intern from CSU’s Graduate School of Social Work.  This team will be assigned to the Discrimination Complaints Investigation and Mediation Division to perform the highest quality direct services for our constituents. 

For the recent law graduate on this team, work will likely consist of carrying a caseload for the following:

  •       Facilitating constituents through HRC services via walk-ins, call-ins, and online;
  •       Making presentations to and responding to questions from City departments, public groups, media, Commissions and Government officials to educate, explain, or promote the services of the Human Rights Commission; or educate interested parties on how to prevent discrimination and respond to acts of discrimination;
  •       Scheduling and conducting initial inquiry interviews to determine jurisdiction;
  •       Drafting complaints or letters of concern for allegations within HRC jurisdiction, summarizing the prima facie elements of each claim;
  •       Soliciting position statements, rebuttals, and other responsive documentation from Complainants and Respondents;
  •       Conducting shuttle and in-person mediations and settlement negotiations;
  •       Providing periodic updates to Complainants and Respondents on the course of the investigation;
  •       Writing Letters of Determination, each a complex legal and factual analysis of whether there is reasonable cause to believe discrimination occurred for the claims in a complaint; and
  •       Performing related duties as required.

Funding for your fellowship cannot be provided by the HRC and is determined by the type of fellowship and who will partner with you and the HRC. 


How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter to Noah Frigault, Senior Policy Analyst, via email at by Friday, August 9, 2019. 

If selected, HRC will work with you to meet application requirements and deadlines as they arise for your fellowship. 

HRC is dedicated to non-discrimination principles and equal opportunity employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability or medical condition, Acquired Immune Deficiency (AIDS/HIV) or AIDS related conditions, political affiliation, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital or domestic partner status, gender identity, parental status, veteran status, height, weight, or any other basis protected by law.

We look forward to hearing from you!

For any additional questions, contact Noah Frigault, Senior Policy Analyst, at or (415) 252-2531.