Summer Civics Initiative

Summer Civics Initiative

Paid internship opportunities for local college students
Apply Spring 2020

PublicSquare’s Summer Civics Initiative is a program offering mentorship and stipends to college students pursuing summer internship opportunities in non-profit organizations, governmental offices, and social service agencies. Priority is given to current and former PublicSquare Student Fellows and Program Assistants. All local undergraduates enrolled in California State University Channel Islands, Santa Barbara City College, University of California Santa Barbara, and Westmont College are eligible and underrepresented minority, first generation, and low-income students are especially encouraged to apply. This program furthers PublicSquare’s mission of providing mentorship to youth, encouraging civic activism, and inspiring the next generation civic leaders.

Ellia Limon

Ellia Limon

“The Summer Civics Initiative’s mentorship and stipend enabled me to further develop a local non-profit organization that I co-founded, Immigration Legal Services Complaint Resolution Center, and simultaneously intern at the Santa Barbara Legal Aid Foundation. Both of my summer jobs enabled me to work day-to-day directly with immigrants and inform those who are most vulnerable of their legal rights. I am so grateful for PublicSquare’s consistent support!”

Matt Esguerra

Matt Esguerra

“As a former Student Fellow and recent Summer Civics recipient, I appreciate just how much PublicSquare helped facilitate and enhance my education outside of college. The Summer Civics program gave me the much-needed financial support to serve as an intern in the California State Assembly Republican Caucus, under the press secretary, and apply my academic background in political science to a practical state government office. The entire internship experience reinforced my commitment to communications and public affairs.”

Maesyn Fitzgibbons

Maesyn Fitzgibbons

“PublicSquare’s Student Coordinator walked me through every step of identifying and securing a summer internship in my ideal career setting—I assisted full-time at Sansum Clinic’s Foothill Surgery Center. The internship was a perfect fit for me, allowing me to take my pre-med coursework and goals of becoming a surgeon, and experience how an actual surgery center operates. I got to interact with surgeons and patients, and even observe surgeries, which only reaffirmed my aspirations and increased my motivation to achieve my goals. Thank you!”

Student Internship Placements for Summer 2019

California State Assembly-Republican Caucus
Sacramento, CA

Girls on the Run of the Bay Area
San Francisco, CA

Human Rights Watch
Santa Barbara, CA

Immigration Legal Services Complaint Resolution Center
Santa Barbara, CA

Legal Aid Foundation
Santa Barbara, CA

Local First Arizona
Phoenix, AZ

Office of State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Santa Barbara, CA

Office of Supervisor Das Williams, First District
Santa Barbara, CA

Office of U.S. Congresswoman Suzan DelBene
Mount Vernon, WA

Sansum Clinic Healthcare
Santa Barbara, CA

Women’s Economic Ventures
Santa Barbara, CA

World Business Academy
Santa Barbara, CA

This initiative is made possible in part through grants from Cavaletto Charities, the Santa Barbara Foundation, & the Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Foundation