California | Mar 7, 2022


The First 5 Center for Children’s Policy develops research and policy thinking to strengthen systems for children ages 0 to 5 in California. Grounded in the experience of 58 First 5 commissions across the state, the First 5 Center studies and disseminates best practices and solutions in early childhood development; convenes experts to inform policy; and evaluates solutions within and outside California that can be adapted for the state. Priority areas of the First 5 Center's work include: home visiting, health care quality and access, early childhood mental health, developmental screenings and services, perinatal health, and child care. For more information see First 5 Center for Children’s Policy Action Plan and First 5 Association Strategic Plan.

First 5 commissions: In 1998, California voters passed a landmark proposition to support early childhood systems-building at the local level via a 50-cent tax on tobacco. This fund led to the creation of a First 5 commission in each of California's 58 counties. Working across early education, human services, and health domains, First 5 commissions build coordinated early childhood systems of care that improve child development, strengthen families, and support providers. The First 5 Center for Children's Policy is a sister organization of the First 5 Association of California, the membership organization for the 58 First 5 commissions.

The First 5 Center is looking for graduate-level interns to support First 5 Center's policy priorities. The specific internship project will be discussed during the interview process. Project will be based on First 5 Center emergent research needs and the applicants' interest and experience. Beyond the specific project, interns will be exposed to a variety of topics and meetings related to the First 5 Center's priorities, and have the ability to meet with many individuals across the First 5 network. Position reports to First 5 Center Senior Policy Research Associate.


● A graduate or current student of a master's level program. Public policy, public health, or public administration field preferred.
● Background knowledge in early childhood programs or health care policy preferred.
● Experience in professional settings, working with field leaders; exceptional professional conduct.
● Familiarity with data analysis and locating data (socioeconomic, education, general population, health, etc.).
● Well organized and maintains close attention to detail.
● Communicates effectively, verbally and in writing.
● Exercises sound judgment within generally established policies and procedures.
● Takes initiative and is capable of working independently.
● Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

This internship opportunity is full-time for summer 2022. Start and end dates are flexible. Compensation is $20 - $25 per hour with a technology reimbursement provided. Work will be done remotely, but intern must reside in California.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your qualifications and interest in the position to Alexandra Parma, Senior Policy Research Associate:

It is the policy of First 5 Center and the First 5 Association to afford equal opportunity in all aspects of employment to all persons without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, physical or mental disabilities, color, marital status, sexual orientation or medical condition, or any other basis protected by law. This policy shall apply to all employees and applicants for employment, and extends to all phases of employment, including hiring, training, promotion, discharge or layoff, rehiring, compensation and benefits.