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The application deadline for this position is January 5, 2024

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 small 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 Transportation Authority’s Policy and Programming Division leads the strategic planning and policy analysis associated with administration and oversight of the 30-year Prop L local half-cent sales tax Expenditure Plan. This includes programming and allocating funds to transportation projects, and monitoring delivery and providing oversight during project implementation. The Policy and Programming Division also administers the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, Prop AA Vehicle Registration Fee, Traffic Congestion Mitigation Tax (TNC Tax) and several federal, state, and regional transportation funding programs. This Division maintains the online grants portal which serves as a web-based information interface for grant recipients and the MyStreetSF website where the public can see their tax dollars at work. The Division also provides support to the Transportation Authority Board for the Neighborhood Program and participates in developing, tracking, and analyzing local, state, and federal transportation legislation and policy, including for long-range plans, like Plan Bay Area 2050 and ConnectSF.

Employee Type: Intern/Temporary Employee

Availability: Interns should be available to work at least 16 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: $24 – $30 per hour (depending on experience)

Minimum Qualifications

Strong interest in urban transportation planning and strategic planning and funding is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and Google Sheets is required. Preference will be given to applicants with (or pursuing) an advanced degree in urban planning, transportation, public administration, 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. Applicant must have strong writing and analytical abilities, including comfort working with large data sets. Other desirable skills and abilities include: standard transportation planning principles, methods, and processes; familiarity with construction delivery methods and processes; basic research methods; strong public speaking skills; ability to prepare and present written reports and recommendations.

Training and Experience

Prospective interns should have at least completed a bachelor's degree. Preferred candidates will have completed at least one semester in a relevant master's degree program (e.g. transportation planning, urban planning, public policy). 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

Please submit 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 (minimum 16). Indicate the division you are applying for (Programming and Policy).

Submit your application via email to or mail to:

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