Internships

PLANNING | POLICY AND PROGRAMMING | MODELING/TECHNOLOGY, DATA, AND ANALYSIS
CAPITAL PROJECTS | FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Join the team of an innovative and dynamic transportation agency! The San Francisco County Transportation Authority has graduate intern positions for students who are self-motivated, detail-oriented, and excited about making a meaningful contribution to San Francisco's transportation system.

Transportation Authority staff are an energetic and experienced group of planners and engineers working in partnership with local and regional agencies (e.g., the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, etc.) to plan, fund, deliver, and evaluate a wide variety of projects and policies. We also develop and operate an activity-based travel demand model for a wide range of uses, including demand forecasting and policy scenario testing.

Due to the size of our agency and our dedication to learning from each other, interns will have the opportunity to interact with professionals at all levels within the Transportation Authority, from your peers to the senior managers. Transportation Authority staff will work with each intern to develop a program that is tailored to his/her individual strengths and interests, as well as the current needs of our teams.

Internships are paid and can be combined with general research opportunities or research towards a thesis.  Past interns have participated in a variety of projects, including:


PLANNING INTERN RECRUITMENT UPDATE

We are currently accepting applications for our Planning Division internship program. Please submit your application by Friday, February 3, 2017 for assured consideration. Submit a cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted, the earliest date you could start, and the number of hours a week you are available) and resume via email jobs@sfcta.org, fax 415.522.4829, or mail:

San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Attn: Human Resources (Planning Internship)
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Indicate the section (Planning) you are applying for. Sorry, but we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship for internship positions.

The Authority's Planning Division leads a wide variety of innovative transportation planning studies and policy analyses. The Planning staff is currently working on several on-going initiatives including Connect SF, an update to the City’s long-range transportation plan for the year 2050, and the Treasure Island Transportation Implementation Plan. Our work program also includes projects that study the future use of the transit and freeway networks in San Francisco as they relate to growth in the city, and projects that advance transportation demand management, policy and funding development.

Key Details

Employee Type: Intern/Temporary Employee
Reports to: Transportation Planner
Availability: Candidates may be considered for full- and/or part-time internships. Interns should be available to work at least 20 hours per week (maximum 40) during regular business hours. This recruitment is for internships beginning in both Spring and Summer; Spring candidates may begin either as full-time or as part-time and transition to full-time during the Summer months. Applications for Summer-only candidates are also encouraged, as are those with full-time Summer availability who may wish to transition to part-time in the Fall.

Minimum Qualifications:

Strong interest in urban transportation planning is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Proficiency with ArcGIS, database management, graphic design software, statistical analysis, and/or the Drupal content management system for web sites is desired.

Skills and Abilities:

Standard transportation planning principles, methods, and processes; basic research methods, survey design, and database management techniques; ability to interpret data using appropriate planning methods and statistical techniques; familiarity with land use planning methods; strong written and oral communication skills; ability to prepare and present written reports and recommendations.

Additional relevant skills and abilities are also encouraged. These include experience with travel demand modeling, traffic modeling, project funding, and/or civil engineering.

Training and Experience:

Prospective interns should have completed at least one semester in a relevant graduate level discipline (e.g. transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering).

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment are characteristic of modern office work and include moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic), and are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Travel may be required on occasion.

Compensation Range: $22–$28/hr, D.O.E.

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POLICY AND PROGRAMMING INTERN RECRUITMENT UPDATE

Thank you for applying for the Policy and Programming internship. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.

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MODELING / TECHNOLOGY, DATA, AND ANALYSIS INTERN RECRUITMENT UPDATE

We are currently accepting Spring 2017 internship and Summer 2017 internship applications for our Technology, Data, and Analysis Division internship program. Please submit your application by Friday, December 30, 2016, for assured consideration. Please submit a resume and cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted, the earliest date you could start, and the number of hours a week you are available) via email (jobs@sfcta.org), fax (415.522.4829), or mail:

San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Attn: Human Resources (Technology, Data, and Analysis Internship)
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Indicate the section (Technology, Data, and Analysis) and recruitment season (Spring 2017 and/or Summer 2017) you are applying for. Sorry, but we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship for internship positions.

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Key Details

Employee Type: Intern/Temporary Employee
Reports to: Deputy Director for Technology, Data, and Analysis
Availability:

Spring 2017 Internships. Interns should be available to work at least 20 hours per week during regular business hours, for at least a 12-week period of time. Availability to work full time (40 hours per week) is desirable, but not required. Spring interns sometimes extend their internships through the summer. Spring 2017 internships start in January or February 2017.

Summer 2017 Internships. Interns should be available to work 40 hours per week during regular business hours, for at least 12-weeks. Summer 2017 internships begin in May or June 2017.

Minimum Qualifications:

Strong interest in travel forecasting and urban transportation planning is required. Proficiency with standard productivity software is required (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Proficiency with computer programming (e.g. Python), spatial analysis and mapping (e.g. ArcGIS), statistical analysis (using R, Stata, SPSS or similar), database management, and/or transportation planning and analysis software packages is desired.

Skills and Abilities:

Applicant must be willing to propose and carry out an initiative with a minimal guidance; and work on a wide range of tasks related to planning project support, modeling tools development, data collection and maintenance, and public outreach.  Other desirable skills and abilities include: standard transportation planning principles, methods, and processes; familiarity with project delivery methods and processes; basic research methods; strong written and oral skills; ability to prepare and present written reports and recommendations; and strong analytical abilities, including comfort working with large data sets.  

Training and Experience:

Prospective interns should have completed at least one semester in a relevant graduate level discipline (e.g. transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering, public policy). Applicants from other fields (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computer science, data science) with a strong motivation to learn about and contribute to data-driven transportation planning are also encouraged to apply. Exceptional motivation, skills, and/or experience may be considered in lieu of graduate coursework. Preference will be given to applicants with related work experience in transportation planning, transportation/traffic engineering, policy evaluation, behavioral/discrete choice analysis, data visualization, and/or direct experience working with public officials and agency staff.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment are characteristic of modern office work and include moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic), and are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Travel may be required on occasion.
Compensation Range: $22–$28/hr, D.O.E.


CAPITAL PROJECTS INTERN RECRUITMENT UPDATE

The application deadline for this position has been extended to Monday, February 6, 2017.

Capital Projects Division interns perform tasks and assist in the area of project development, project delivery, project management, and engineering. Under the general supervision of the Senior Engineer, interns assist with the duties and responsibilities listed below, which are characteristic of the range of duties and responsibilities assigned to this position, and are not intended to be a comprehensive listing. Internships are paid and can be combined with general research opportunities or research towards a thesis.

We are currently accepting applications for an internship with our Capital Projects department. Please submit your application by Monday February 06, 2017 for assured consideration. Interested persons should send a cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted, the earliest date you can start, and the number of hours a week you are available. Include your résumé and send it via email jobs@sfcta.org fax 415.522.4829, or mail to:

San Francisco County Transportation Authority
Attn: Human Resources (Capital Projects intern)
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

Please indicate the section (Capital Projects) you are applying for.
Sorry, but we are unable to provide Visa sponsorship for internship positions.

Key Details:

Employee Type: Intern/Temporary Employee
Reports to: Deputy Director for Capital Projects, with day-to-day supervision by the Principal Engineer and/or Senior Engineer, Capital Projects Division.
Availability: Interns should be available to work at least 30 hours per week (maximum 40) during regular business hours, for at least a 12 week period of time. (Full time is preferred).

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Aid the Capital Projects team in providing project delivery support for and oversight of the project sponsors. Project sponsors are partners or grantees responsible for implementing large capital projects and select programs within the Transportation Authority's Program of Projects. Project delivery support includes, but not limited to:
    • Develop cost estimate
    • Conduct cost comparison
    • Analyze project cost
    • Update project schedule
  • Aid the Capital Projects team in providing technical input on capital projects to support development and updates of the Countywide Transportation Plan, other Transportation Authority and Outside Agency Studies and programming.
  • Assists the Capital Projects team in managing other capital project studies.
  • Assists the Capital Projects team in developing meeting agendas and generating meeting minutes.
  • Assist other sections, such as the planning and modeling team in providing project development support and analysis.
  • Assist in preparing materials for presentations and meetings
  • Assist in the development of Request for Information (RFI), Request for Qualification (RFQ), and Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • Assist in the development of Project Management Information System.
  • Performs related duties as required and assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, abilities, training and experience required of this job. The individual must also have a strong interest in transportation and project management.     

Knowledge:

Basic principles, practices, phase and techniques of project and program management, especially for the planning, design, and construction of capital transportation infrastructure projects. These may include: cost estimating, scheduling, value engineering, and risk management techniques; transportation engineering and planning principles and methods; project data and process management techniques. Also, proficient knowledge of standard spreadsheet, word processing, and Internet software. Familiarity with standard database, scheduling, geographic information systems (GIS), and computer aided design (CAD) software.

Skills and Abilities:

Ability to assist with implementation of cost effective project delivery; familiarity with project scheduling applications; ability to collect and generate data pertaining to capital planning issues using appropriate methods and statistical techniques; assist to summarize and present data and prepare written reports and recommendations; and write clearly and concisely; ability to perform the above independently. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, and Project, and AutoCAD is desired.

Training and Experience:

Completion of at least a bachelor degree in an appropriate discipline such as civil or transportation engineering. An Engineer in Training Certification is desirable.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment are characteristic of modern office work and include moderate noise (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic), and are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Travel may be required on occasion.
Compensation Range: $22–$28/hr, D.O.E.

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FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION INTERN RECRUITMENT UPDATE

Thank you for applying for the Spring and Summer 2016 Finance and Administration internship. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Please check back periodically for updates.

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