Internship Program

The GO-Biz has developed an internship program to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn more about public service and economic development and to develop their professional skills. Interns will assist senior staff with work projects and will gain a greater understanding of how California state government functions.

About GO-Biz

GO-Biz was created by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. to serve as California’s single point of contact for economic development and job creation efforts. GO-Biz offers a range of services to business owners including: attraction, retention and expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with state government, and much more.

GO-Biz includes the following units listed below:

  • Business Investment Services
  • CA Made Program
  • California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank)
  • California Completes Tax Credit Program
  • Communications
  • External Affairs
  • Information Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • International Affairs and Business Development
  • Legislative Affairs
  • Office of the Small Business Advocate
  • Permit Assistance

Note: Not all units listed above will have internship opportunities available.

About the Intern Program

Potential Intern Projects

Interns are required to have a Work Project. The focus of the Work Project will vary based on the primary unit in which the intern is placed as well as the specific skill sets of the intern. Examples of projects and duties include:

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and follow-up skills
  • Proactive problem prevention and issue resolution leadership ability
  • Leadership potential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, and Outlook required
  • Ability to learn other software programs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Qualifications

Prospective interns must include the following qualifications:

  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to prioritize in a changing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and follow-up skills
  • Proactive problem prevention and issue resolution leadership ability
  • Leadership potential
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet, and Outlook required
  • Ability to learn other software programs
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

Compensation

GO-Biz can work with the intern and their college to help them receive school credit for the internship. GO-Biz does not provide financial compensation for interns. Interns are encouraged to explore outside funding opportunities.

How to Apply

To apply, complete the application form below and send it to GO-Biz using our online Email Form. You will need to attach the following:

Please specify the department you would like to intern with in the subject line of the email form.
 

Testimonials

Quincy Vien
GO-Biz Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Intern

"At GO-Biz, I was given meaningful assignments that challenged me intellectually and helped advance our office's objective for a more economically and environmentally sustainable California. Equally important, I have been profoundly fortunate to make lifelong friends and mentors who, grounded in their respective unique experiences, have taught and inspired me in countless professional and personal ways. Through the projects I worked on and the many individuals I engaged with during my time here, I have learned how I – as a public servant – can help contribute to the well-being of our communities through the frameworks of economic development and public policy."

Daniel Davis
GO-Biz Permit Assistance Intern 

“Having spent nine months with GO-Biz, and interfacing with other state agencies, I can honestly say that I've had an amazing experience. I was immersed in a supporting environment of individuals who encouraged my professional growth through their leadership and the level of autonomy that I was afforded. In my capacity, I was able to execute state congressional bills, engage in research assignments, review documentation, perform quality control checks on our CalGOLD database, and assist individual constituents of the state. The experience that I have gained has been invaluable and I have been able to bolster my occupational repertoire through this internship.” 

Ramieka Flake
GO-Biz Small Business Intern

“My internship in the Small Business unit at GO-Biz was an incredible learning experience. I gained valuable professional skills, while seeing firsthand how GO-Biz can help small businesses in California. This opportunity definitely helped me better prepare for my future career, and sparked my passion to be involved in government.”