The policy and programming team

The application deadline for this position is Friday, September 20, 2019

Transportation Authority Internship Program

The Transportation Authority has paid internship positions for students who are self-motivated, detail-oriented, and excited about making a meaningful contribution to San Francisco's transportation system.

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. Our staff will work with each intern to develop a program that is tailored to individual strengths and interests, as well as the current needs of our teams. Internships can be combined with general research opportunities or research towards a thesis.

Policy and Programming Internship Overview

The Policy and Programming Division leads the strategic planning and policy analysis associated with administration and oversight of the 30-year Prop K Expenditure Plan and multiple other funding programs. This includes programming and allocating funds to several different types of transportation projects (e.g. bicycle projects, BRT projects, pedestrian projects) and providing oversight on project implementation. The Policy and Programming Division also administers the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, Prop AA Vehicle Registration Fee, and several federal transportation funding programs. This administration includes the oversight and maintenance of the MyStreetSF website, where the public can see their sales tax dollars at work, and the Grant Administration Portal, which serves as a web-based grant information interface for grant recipients. The Division also provides support to the Transportation Authority Board and participates in developing and analyzing local, state, and federal transportation policy.

Employee Type: Intern/Temporary Employee

Availability: Interns should be available to work at least 20 hours per week during regular business hours, for at least a 12-week period. Preference will be given to applicants who are available full time (40 hours per week) for at least 6 months. Please note availability in cover letter.

Compensation Range: Compensation commensurate with experience

Minimum Qualifications

Strong interest in urban transportation planning and strategic planning and funding is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Proficiency with ArcGIS, Google Earth, database management, graphic design software, statistical analysis, and/or the Drupal content management system for web sites is desired. Preference will be given to applicants with (or pursuing) an advanced degree in urban planning, transportation, or public policy and with related work experience.

Skills and Abilities

Applicant must be detail-oriented and able to work independently on a wide range of tasks, from planning and policy work to grants management to project monitoring and oversight to public outreach. Other desirable skills and abilities include: standard transportation planning principles, methods, and processes; familiarity with construction 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 with Microsoft Excel, including comfort with working on large data sets.

Training and Experience

Prospective interns should have at least completed a bachelor’s degree. Candidates with only a bachelor’s degree will be considered if they have experience in transportation planning, policy, grants management, construction management, 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.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

How to Apply

Send a resume and 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. Indicate the division you are applying for (Programming and Policy).

Submit your application via email or mail to:

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