EDC Internship Program

Internship Program Overview

San Diego Regional EDC and our Foundation offer a competitive internship program that provides students with valuable experience in economic development, marketing and communications, research, and more. An independently funded non-profit organization, EDC promotes the San Diego business community, facilitates business expansion in a variety of industries, and supports the diverse talent pool that drives their success, and is dedicated to rebuilding a post-pandemic economy that is more inclusive and resilient than before so prosperity reaches more people.

EDC values diversity of thought, experience, and perspectives, and encourages individuals with non-traditional backgrounds to apply for these positions. We are a passionate group of professionals committed to supporting inclusive economic growth in San Diego, and are especially interested in applicants who are eager to learn and join us in this important work.

Please read the descriptions below and follow the application instructions. Note:

  • Use the forms to apply for open positions.
  • No unsolicited calls or emails regarding the internship program.
  • The following are paid, part-time internship positions.
  • Availability of up to 15 hours per week and proof of vaccination is required.

EDC’s internship program is currently closed to applications. Follow us on LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information on careers at EDC.

Please no unsolicited calls or emails regarding employment or internship opportunities.

CURRENT OpportunitIES

EDC’s internship program is currently closed to applications. Follow us on LinkedIn for the most up-to-date information on careers at EDC.

Please no unsolicited calls or emails regarding employment or internship opportunities.

Future Opportunities

Applications for the following positions are not currently open, but may become available in future programs. Please sign up for the mailing list below to be notified when these applications open.

EDC’s Economic Development Intern will support the Economic Development team in executing programs, economic research projects, virtual events/meetings, and support the team in content creation (social, blog, newsletter, presentation, web) to help highlight San Diego’s economic strengths. This position reports to the Coordinator, Economic Development.

This is a part-time internship position paying $15 per hour, up to 15 hours per week. Access to a computer with basic functions, and 15 hours per week is required.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties
Project and Program Support – Support the implementation of plans, strategies and activities that support the growth of San Diego’s economy.

  • Support the economic development team on projects, programs, meetings, and events.
  • Provide administrative support for company project work.
  • Conduct economic and industry research projects for clients, staff and partners.
  • Maintain internal economic development databases and business resources.

Marketing/Communications – Support the economic development programs and projects with communication pieces to inform companies, investors, board members and partners.

  • Create marketing content (eblasts, flyers, PowerPoints, talking points) to support economic development team’s program and initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain content highlighting San Diego economy’s strengths.
  • Manage the collection of regional company success stories and news relevant to projects and compose regular newsletters, blog posts and reports.
  • Track relevant news related to business growth in San Diego.

Administration – Support the staff at EDC with office management tasks.

  • Assist staff with responding to inquiries from businesses.
  • Maintain the upkeep of marketing materials used to promote San Diego.
  • Provide logistical support for virtual events and meetings.

Key Qualifications

  • Recent grad or current student studying economics, business, political science, international relations, urban planning, statistics/data analytics, finance, journalism, marketing, communications, and/or related fields.
  • Self-directed and motivated team player with ability to manage multiple tasks at once and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

We are not currently accepting applications for this role. Please check back later.

Please, no unsolicited resumes or applications via email or phone. 

EDC’s Research Intern will support the Research team in executing programs, economic research projects, virtual events/meetings, and support the team in content creation (social, blog, newsletter, presentation, web) to help highlight San Diego’s economic strengths. This position reports to the Manager, Research.

This is a part-time internship position paying $15 per hour, up to 15 hours per week. Access to a computer with basic functions, and 15 hours per week is required.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties
Research
– Responsible for collecting and analyzing data on San Diego’s economy.

  • Collect and analyze publicly available data in order to understand the regional economy and key economic drivers.
  • Research and analyze key industries within the region’s economy.
  • Assist with data collection, analysis, and writing of in-depth industry-specific reports.
  • Produce written analysis under guidance from the Research team for publication on EDC’s website.

Project Management – Work with research team and outside partners to ensure quarterly goals are met.

  • Produce impact analysis reports for blogs, industry analyses, and ad-hoc projects as needed.
  • Assist other EDC staff members on special projects as required.
  • Maintaining data for organization and cross-team collateral.
  • Update, maintain, and analyze procurement metrics for local institutions.

Office Administration – Support the staff at EDC with administrative tasks.

  • Assist with data management. Responsibilities include preparing datasets in addition to maintenance and
  • storage.
  • Support documentation of methodology and analysis.
  • Assist research team as needed.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications
Must-haves

  • Currently enrolled in a university, community college, or other training program, recent graduate, or other relevant experience (non-traditional backgrounds welcome) in San Diego.
  • Interested in economics, public policy, urban studies, or related field as a career.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-directed critical thinker and motivated team player with ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure.
  • Strong macro-economic background, with familiarity with regional macro-economic data sources.
  • Strong quantitative abilities.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Helpful to have

  • Some experience extracting and analyzing public data; sources include but are not limited to U.S. Census Data, California ED Labor Market Info, Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and Bureau of Economic Analysis data.
  • Some experience with database management and statistical software packages such as – R, Matlab, Stata, eViews, SqlServer, or Python.

We are not currently accepting applications for this role. Please check back later.

Please, no unsolicited resumes or applications via email or phone. 

Company Overview
World Trade Center San Diego drives the region’s global competitiveness priorities through growing exports and foreign investment, deepening ties to strategic international markets, and boosting the region’s global identity. WTC San Diego operates as an affiliate of the San Diego Regional EDC.

General Function
Support administration of the MetroConnect export assistance program, international trade missions, and the broader WTC San Diego global competitiveness agenda. This position reports to the Coordinator, World Trade Center San Diego.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties

Program Management – Support the implementation of plans, strategies, and activities to maximize San Diego’s economic prosperity and competitiveness through increased global engagement.

  • Provide administrative and event management support for the MetroConnect program.
  • Conduct research on specific trade and investment needs for clients, staff, and partners.
  • Provide logistical and planning support for overseas trade missions and events in target markets.

Marketing/Communications – Support WTC San Diego with the development of communication pieces to inform companies, investors, board members, and partners.

  • Draft monthly and quarterly newsletters and blogs related to the MetroConnect program and regional trade and investment flows.
  • Manage the collection of success stories and news relevant to projects.
  • Manage WTC San Diego’s social media accounts by creating original content for distribution.

Research and Office Administration – Support EDC and WTC San Diego staff with office management tasks.

  • Assist WTC San Diego coordinator with responding to client inquiries.
  • Track deal flow and investment data.
  • Draft agendas, reports, and presentations for meetings.

Key Qualifications

  • Pursuing a degree in international relations, business administration, economics, or related field.
  • Self-directed and motivated team player with the ability to manage multiple tasks under pressure.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including presentation skills and public speaking.
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred but not required.

We are not currently accepting applications for this role. Please check back later.

Please, no unsolicited resumes or applications via email or phone. 

EDC’s Marketing Intern will support the Marketing and Communications team with content creation (social, blog, newsletter, presentation, web) to highlight San Diego’s economic competitiveness and efforts toward an inclusive economic recovery. This position reports to the Coordinator, Marketing.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties
Marketing/Communications – Support EDC and managed brands (San Diego: Life. Changing. and World Trade Center San Diego) in its work to inform and interest key stakeholders – companies, investors, board members, and partners.

  • Manage the collection of success stories and news relevant to projects to compose regular newsletters and reports.
  • Manage the collection of relevant San Diego rankings and accolades.
  • Assist with regular newsletter and blog creation for EDC and programmatic brands.
  • Assist with social media account management by creating and publishing original material.
  • Assist with the upkeep of materials used to promote San Diego (website, brochures, data sheets, etc.).
  • Assist with event preparation as needed (mostly or entirely virtual events anticipated).
  • Assist with website maintenance.
  • Assist with graphic design, video editing, and other media curation.

Office Administration – Support the staff at EDC with administrative tasks.

  • Assist the coordinator staff with inquiry and request responses.
  • Assist with data and information maintenance.

Preferred Skills & Qualifications
Must-haves

  • Interested in marketing/communications as a career.
  • Currently enrolled in a university, community college, or other training program, recent graduate, or other relevant experience in San Diego. Non-traditional backgrounds welcome.
  • Self-directed and motivated team player with ability to manage multiple tasks at once.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint).

Helpful to have

  • Some experience with social media platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
  • Some experience with web management platforms such as WordPress.
  • Some experience with CRM platforms such as Salesforce.
  • Some experience with Adobe products (InDesign and Photoshop) or other design software (Figma, Canva).

In accordance with EDC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, we require all staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to safeguard the health of our employees and their families; our stakeholders and visitors; and the community at large. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities, as applicable.

We are not currently accepting applications for this role. Please check back later.

Please, no unsolicited resumes or applications via email or phone. 

This internship program is made possible by donations to our 501(c)3. If you are interested in contributing, contact Jennifer Storm.

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Jennifer Henry Storm
Jennifer Henry Storm

Executive Director, Foundation