Policy Internship (2019)

San Francisco, California, United States Part-time

Common Sense (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based and educational ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Netflix, Comcast, DirecTV, and many other partner networks, helping families and kids make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the essential digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. More than 100,000 member schools across the country use our ratings and free curriculum and content. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and a grassroots community of concerned parents and teachers to improve the media and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.


Common Sense is seeking an all-star intern who can help our Common Sense Kids Action team over the summer. This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to get practical experience in policy and advocacy work at a rapidly growing, national nonprofit.


LOCATION: San Francisco, CA



  • Learn the inner workings of an advocacy department as well as the nuances of formulating policy
  • Conduct research related to policy on media and technology, student privacy, and early childhood
  • Assist in tracking legislation
  • Contribute to our social media and other outreach work
  • Assist individual team members with other administrative duties as necessary



  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, advocacy, and social justice issues
  • Detail-oriented, highly organized, with strong follow-through
  • Team player and willing to learn
  • Flexible and responsive; able to perform in a dynamic work environment
  • Enthusiastic, can-do attitude 



  • You're a data wonk, but also someone able to tell the bigger story.
  • You're hungry for discovery and a constant problem-solver.
  • Your unique experience and perspective drive your work.



  • Ideal start date: Orientation is Monday, June 17, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. On-site attendance is preferred.
  • Ideal end date: Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Hours: ~15-20 hours/week
  • Interns need to be available to attend a minimum of six weekly educational Lunch & Learns (there will be seven total). Lunch & Learns will be every Wednesday from 12 p.m.–1 p.m. (PST). On-site attendance is preferred.
  • We will work with your clinical or internship office for school credit if necessary.
  • This is a paid opportunity.


Common Sense values the diversity of its employees.