Policy and Programming
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
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., Muni, MTC, etc.) to implement, fund 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 Authority, from your peers to the senior managers. 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:
The Authority’s 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 development of the MyStreetSF website, where the public can see their sales tax dollars at work, and the Prop K Portal, which serves as a web-based grant information interface for grant recipients. The Division also leads interaction with the Authority Board commissioners and elected officials and participates in developing and analyzing local, state, and federal transportation policy.
| Availability: || Interns should be available to work at least 16 hours per week during regular business hours, for at least a 12 week period of time. 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. |
| 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 web page design 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 completed at least one semester in a relevant graduate level discipline (e.g. transportation planning, urban planning, civil engineering, public policy). Preference will be given to applicants with related work 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. |
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