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 Transportation Authority’s Policy and Programming Division leads the strategic planning and policy analysis associated with administration and oversight of the 30-year Prop K 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 sales 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 Plan Bay Area 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: Compensation commensurate with experience
Please visit https://www.sfcta.org/policy-and-programming-internship for additional information and instructions on how to apply.
Strong interest in urban transportation planning and strategic planning and funding is required. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. 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. 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 and Google Sheets, including comfort with working on large data sets.
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.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About San Francisco County Transportation Authority
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority administers and oversees the delivery of the Proposition K (Prop K) half-cent local transportation sales tax program and New Expenditure Plan, which was passed by 75% of San Francisco voters in November 2003. The Authority was created in 1989 to administer Prop K's predecessor, the Proposition B half-cent transportation sales tax program, which began in 1990 and continued until it was superseded by Prop K.
Since 1990, the Authority has also been the designated Congestion Management Agency (CMA) for San Francisco. In this role, the Authority is responsible for developing and administering the Congestion Management Program (CMP). Through its CMA activities, the Authority leverages state and federal transportation dollars to complement Prop K revenues and performs project delivery oversight to assist with project implementation. The Authority also tracks transportation system performance to ensure that San Francisco gets good value for its transportation investments and prepares a long-range Countywide Transportation Plan to guide future investment decisions.
The Authority has also served as the San Francisco Program Manager for ...grants from the Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) since 1990. In this role, the Authority approves funding for transportation projects that directly benefit air quality, through reduced motor vehicle emissions.