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Raul Peralez

Students at the graduate, undergraduate, and high school senior level are invited to apply for an internship opportunity with Councilmember Peralez’s Office. This unpaid internship position provides students with a work opportunity and learning experience in the day-to-day operations of a city council office. Service hours, academic credits at the discretion of your university, and a letter of recommendation are available upon completion of the term. Student interns are expected to have a willingness to learn and apply their academic and professional training to the required job assignments. The essential function of the job may vary from student to student to assist with the following:

  • Responding to inquiries from residents
  • Preparing materials for City Council meetings
  • Special research projects
  • Working with other City departments
  • Aiding other team members with their tasks
  • Planning community events
  • Communications and social media activities


Education and Experience

Current enrollment in an accredited university, college, or high school senior level of education. Student interns have flexible hours to work around their school schedules. Graduate interns generally work between 20-40 hours per week, undergrad interns work between 10-20 hours per week and, high school interns work between 5-10 hours per week, unless otherwise agreed upon between student and the Office of the Councilmember.

Knowledge and Abilities

  • Knowledge and ability to use computers and related applications
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with others
  • Ability to carry out oral and written instructions to completion
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Willingness to adhere to the Core Values of the Office of Councilmember Peralez


For more information, or to apply, please send the following to David Hai Tran at or call (408) 535-4932.

  • Cover letter describing your particular interest for interning with a local government agency and the date range for which you seek an internship
  • Resume including your professional, academic, and/or community involvement experience


Individuals providing student intern services to the City of San José may be terminated for any reason or no reason and at any time by the City of San José without notice of hearing. Any changes to your work schedule are subject to the approval of the Council office. Student interns are required to successfully pass a fingerprint background check.

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