Communications Intern (San Francisco)

Location:                    SPUR Urban Center, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

Hours per week:       15 hours minimum

Commitment:             3 months

Start Date:                   August 2015

Reports to:                 Publication and Communications Manager


SPUR is seeking a communications intern to work closely with the Publication and Communications Manager on SPUR’s blog, website and email newsletters. This position requires a patient, detail-oriented candidate who has a keen eye for grammar, punctuation and formatting. In addition, the role will have opportunities to write and edit for SPUR publications. The ideal candidate will have experience with blogging software, content management systems and email newsletters and some familiarity with web analytics, search engine optimization and HTML.


  • Support policy staff in producing six email newsletters a month, including CMS formatting, mass mailing from a database and troubleshooting technical issues
  • Post blog entries and other new content to our website, including photo research and optimizing content for search engines
  • Maintain our online publications archive: restore missing content, reformat outdated content and add new content
  • Monitor web analytics and work to increase online traffic
  • Opportunities to contribute writing and research to blog posts and articles 


  • Patience with technology and strong attention to detail
  • Strong writing skills and knowledge of grammar and punctuation
  • Familiarity with content management systems; some HTML knowledge preferred
  • Experience with SEO and interpreting web analytics
  • Mass emailing and database experience preferred
  • An interest in cities, public policy and urban planning
  • Editing, copy editing and photo research experience a bonus


Internships at SPUR are unpaid.  However, interns will enjoy SPUR membership benefits, including free admission to all forums and tours and a one-year subscription to SPUR’s magazine, The Urbanist. As a thought leader in urban planning and policy, SPUR has been a valuable stepping stone for interns to prestigious graduate schools and careers in public policy, planning and urban design.


To apply, send your cover letter and resume, with the job title in the subject line, to Volunteer Coordinator, at