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Political Science and International Relations

Possible Internships






Barbara Boxer,(D) 600 B St., Suite 2240, San Diego 92101; Ph. (619) 239-3884, Fax (619) 239-5719; e-mail via website:

Dianne Feinstein,(D) 750 B St., Suite 1030, SanDiego 92101; Ph. (619) 231-9712, Fax (619) 231-1108; e-mail via website:


49th District, Darrell Issa, (R) 1800 Thibodo Road, Suite 310, Vista 92081; Ph. (760) 599-5000, Fax (760) 599-1178; for internships contact

50th District, Duncan Hunter (R) 1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 310 • El Cajon, CA 92020 Phone: (619) 448-5201 • Fax: (619)

51st District, Juan Vargas, (D) 333 F St., Suite A, Chula Vista 91910; Ph. (619) 422-5963, Fax (619) 422-7290; e-mail via website:  (JuanVargas is a USD alumni)

52nd District, Scott Peters, (D) 4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105, San Diego, CA 92121 (Torrey Pines Bank Building on the north side of Executive Drive) e-mail

53rd District, Susan Davis, (D) 2700 Adams Avenue Suite 102 San Diego CA 92116; Phone: (619) 280-5353
Fax: (619) 280-5311  (USD’s District)


Governor Jerry Brown has eliminated the San Diego office to save money in the face of current budget deficits.


36th District, Joel Anderson, (R) 500 Fesler Street #201 El Cajon, CA 92020  (619) 596-3136 e-mail:

38th District, Mark Wyland,(R)   Carlsbad Office, 1910 Palomar Point Way #105  (760) 931-2455;  San Juan Capistrano office:  27126-A Paseo Espada, Suite 1621, San Juan Capistrano, 92675; Ph. (949) 489-9838

39th District, Marty Block (D), 701 B Street, Suite 1840 San Diego, CA 92101  (619) 645-3133  (USD’s District)

40th District (open)


75th District, Marie Waldron (Escondido, San Marcos, Fallbrook) website for internship information:

76th District, Rocky Chavez (R), 1910 Palomar Point Way, Suite #106 Carlsbad, CA 92008  (760)-929-7998

78th District, Toni Atkins, (D), 2445 5th Avenue, Suite 401 San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 645-3090
(USD’s Assembly District) currently Assembly Majority Leader

77th District, Brian Jones (R) 500 Felser St., Suite 201, El Cajon, 92020; Ph. (619) 441-2322; Fax (619) 465-7765 e-mail:

78th District, Marty Block,(D) 7144 Broadway, Lemon Grove, 91945; Ph. (916) 319-2078; Fax (916) 319-2178; e-mail:

79th District, Ben Hueso, (D)678 Third Ave., Suite 105, Chula Vista, 91910; Ph. (619) 409-7979; Fax (619) 409-9270; e-mail:

80th District, open


202 C St., 92101; Council offices, Ph. (619) 236-6440.

Mayor:  Bob Filner, Ph (619) 236-6330; email:

San Diego City Council (District)

1. Sherri Lightner, Ph. (619) 236-6611; North County toll free Ph. (858) 484-3808; Fax (619) 236-6999; e-mail:

2. Kevin Faulconer, Ph. (619) 236-6622, Fax (619) 236-6996; Email:

3. Todd Gloria, Ph. (619) 236-6633, Fax (619) 595-1481; e-mail: (Todd is a USD Political Science Graduate!)

5. Mark Kersey Email:

6. Lorie Zapf, Ph. (619) 236-6616, Fax (619) 236-6616; e-mail:

7. Scott Sherman  (619) 236-6677  Email:

8. David Alvarez, Ph. (619) 236-6688; Fax (619) 231-7918;

9. Marti Emerald, Ph. (619) 236-6699, Fax (619) 238-1360; e-mail:

San Diego City Attorney:  Jan Goldsmith, Suite 1620, 1200 Third Ave., 92101, Ph. (619) 236-6220, Fax (619) 236-7215; e-mail:


County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego 92101, Ph. (619) 531-5700, Fax (619) 557-402

1. Greg Cox, Ph. (619) 531-5511, Fax (619)235-0644; e-mail:

2. Dianne Jacob, Ph. (619) 531-5522, Fax (619) 696-7253; e-mail:

3. Dave Roberts, Ph. (619) 531-5533; email:

4. Ron Roberts, Ph. (619) 531-5544, Fax (619) 531-6262; e-mail:

5. Bill Horn, Ph. (619) 531-5555; e-mail:

SANDAG – SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF GOVERNMENTSThis is the principal government research and regional and urban planning and policy analysis agency for San Diego County.  Economic development, transportation, environmental, demographic analysis.  401 B St. Suite 800  San Diego 92101  (619)-699-1910

Public Policy and Interest Groups

Center on Policy Initiatives/Students for Economic Justice   policy analysis and organizing for progressive causes.

They also have a summer training institute internship program for students.  3727 Camino del Rio South,

Suite 100; San Diego, Ca  (619) 584-5744

San Diego County Office of Community Involvement – helps place interns in a variety of county

government offices – criminal justice, probation, welfare, planning, environmental etc.

San Diego City Financial Management Dept.- paid and unpaid internships

San Diego Taxpayers Association – local government research and lobbying – funded by many of the large business interests in San Diego.  Good for research opportunities.  427 C St.  Suite 308   234-6423

Center City Development Corporation - urban development and marketing research – 225 Broadway, Suite 1100 (619) 235-2200  Fax (619) 236-9148

Utility Consumers Action Network/Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – research and lobbying on legislation dealing with consumer issues and rights. Contact Beth Givens (619) 696-6966 or

San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce – business/governmental affairs/ urban policy/

economic development.  402 W. Broadway  (619)544-1309 This is the principal business research and lobbying group in S.D.

San Diego County Medical Association – assist the governmental affairs director.  Contact Helen Westcott, (619) 565-8888 ext. 113)

Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center – Point Loma Complex   Department of Navy.  Variety of paid internships in personnel management, fiscal management.  Check out the website at

San Diego Construction Industry Federation- (research and lobbying on development issues) 6336 Greenwich Dr.

Sierra Club – national and local environmental issues -research   3820 Ray St.  299-1714

USD Office of Community Involvement – This office has information on many community service activities which might be applicable to internship credit.  Check out thewebsite at

Surfrider Foundation –ocean and environmental issues – Heather Hoogendam, administrator. 

(858)792-9940 ,

Public Policy Strategies – political consulting and government relations. 1620 Fifth St. Suite 750, San Diego     (619) 231-0996

Schuman,Hoy & Associates – government relations and political consulting, 7777 Girard Ave,

    Suite 206, La Jolla, Ca.(619) 459-3900

Youth in Government – this is a YMCA sponsored program for high school students with participation in role

            playing activities and education in politics.  Peninsula Family YMCA (619) 226-8888

American Civil Liberties Union San Diego , contact Legal Program Coordinator  (619-232-2121 ext. 240 (not a legal internship)

Chris Crotty Consulting   Political Consulting, Campaign Management, Government Relations  2535 Kettner Blvd. Suite 2 B 3  San Diego, Ca. 921-1  (619) 291-0407

San Diego Housing Federation  contact Sean Wherley, Policy Director, email:  (619) 239-6693  A non-profit organization that advocates for the creation of affordable housing in San Diego County. Interns will be involved in compiling list of affordable housing residents who are eligible to vote, attending events, educating affordable housing residents about various elected offices and initiatives.

Placements with some international orientation

World Affairs Council –Public education and programming in International affairs–

U.S. Department of Commerce – International Trade Administration  6363 Greenwich Dr. 557-5399

World Trade Association – Business and international trade issues- 6363 Greenwich Dr. 453-4605

Project Concern International – International health care issues  3550 Afton Rd. 279-9690

Citizen Diplomacy Council– U.S. State Department sponsored visits by influential foreign citizens.

1761 Hotel Circle South Suite 360.  619-291-8105

United Nations Association-  (619) 233-3970

Institute for Peace and Justice – University of San Diego –internships in a variety of ongoing foreign policy, conflict resolution, and country studies.  see the “get involved” page for information on internships.

University of San Diego, Trans-Border Institute  Has internship placements on U.S.-Mexico issues.  Also a source of information on other U.S.-Mexico related organizations and companies.

SurfAid International, multinational NGO with headquarters in Encinitas, Ca.  Focuses on community development and health care issues in third world countries.  Contact USD grad Kevin Boryk, or visit their website.

Invisible Children, San Diego Headquarters, conflict resolution issues in Africa,

International Rescue Committee (IRC)  5348 University Ave., San Diego, (619-641-7510

Law Related Internships

San Diego City Attorney’s Office handles a variety of criminal and civil law cases.  Contact

            Administrative Internship Coordinator, 1200 Third Ave. Suite 700,  (619) 533-5605

U.S. Pretrial Services –531-4067 220 W. Broadway  internships and paid positions available.

Women’s Legal Center – contact Sara Davis

Municipal Court – South Bay Judicial District  691-4770  contact internship coordinator.

Public Defenders Office – 338-4605

San Diego Mediation Service – alternative dispute resolution services  295-0203

U.S. Secret Service- San Diego Field Office, 550 West C St., Room 660, San Diego, Ca.

            (619) 557-5640

U.S. Attorney’s Office – (619)- 557-5610

District Attorney’s Office – 330 W. Broadway, San Diego  (619) 237-1351 e-mail: