Intern, Census 2020 Initiative

Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti - Los Angeles, CA


Job Summary


The Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti seeks qualified and motivated college students, with an interest in public service, to join its Census 2020 Initiative team as non-paid interns.


Every ten years, the United States takes a census of its population and its characteristics as mandated by the Constitution. The Federal government uses the U.S. Census to determine how to distribute more than $600 billion dollars annually in federal funds among local communities and for the apportionment of government districts.

As the City of Los Angeles is within the hardest-to-count State and County in the nation, the critical objective of the Mayor’s Census 2020 initiative is to achieve a full and accurate count to ensure the City receives its fair share of federal funding and political representation by (1) collaborating with State and local government agencies, City departments, and Los Angeles’s diverse stakeholders to identify and mitigate potential barriers impacting the City’s hard-to-count (HTC) populations and (2) informing, educating, and engaging all Angelenos to take part in the census.

Responsibilities and Duties


Interns will start no later than January 2018 at the Mayor’s Office in Los Angeles City Hall. Work schedule is flexible, but must fall within the business hours of the Census 2020 team (8:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday – Friday), with occasional weekend and evening hours required.

Seeking interns that can assist the Census team with policy research, asset mapping, and data analysis projects. Specifically, interns will

  • Conduct research and write high-level analyses and policy briefs;
  • Analyze and interpret data for delivery of project outcomes;
  • Coordinate Initiative activities with partners and allies, as needed;
  • Support outreach and education activities, including meetings and participating in events with interested stakeholders; and other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Skills


  • Strong research, analytical, and writing skills required
  • All majors welcomed, with a preference for liberal arts (political science, social science, etc.)
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment required
  • Experience working with diverse communities preferred
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint and Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides required
  • GIS (Geographic Information System) experience preferred

Job Type: Internship