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Transportation Programs Intern

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Close Date: Open Until Filled

* This is not a regular SANDAG position. The selected candidate will be hired as a Temporary, Intern, Part-Time, or Seasonal (TIPS) employee. Benefits are not included.

Application Instructions:
Details about the SANDAG Employment Application, 2-3 page writing sample, and cover letter required for this position can be found below.

Overview of our Intelligent Transportation Services Program

The Intelligent Transportation Services (ITS) group develops and deploys programs and projects that focus on better managing our transportation network to improve system efficiencies and provide multi-modal transportation options. Current efforts include the I-15 FasTrak Program, I-15 Integrated Corridor Management Project, 511 Regional Traveler Information System, and development of the Annual State of the Commute Report. The intern selected for this position will gain exposure to these and other important initiatives in transportation planning.

Intern Responsibilities

With guidance and mentoring from senior staff, this position will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in the transportation planning profession. Examples of intern responsibilities include:

  • Contribute to the research, collection, and compilation of project and program data; ensure the accuracy of information; maintain databases and documentation.
  • Assist with data analysis, including statistical calculations; participate in estimating/forecasting potential trends.
  • Collect, compile, and assist with drafting documents required for meeting agendas, committee reports, and presentations.
  • Contribute to the production of project-specific presentations; assist with the production of materials such as questionnaires.
  • Review consultant invoices for accuracy; coordinate between consultants and project managers to resolve billing disputes; provide account coding and coordinate timely payment.
  • Respond to requests for information from the public or other interested parties.


SANDAG staff are known for their commitment to excellence and passion for the work they do. We look for the same qualities in interns. To be most successful in this position, our ideal candidate would have the following education, experience, and attributes:

  • Graduate or final year undergraduate level coursework in urban or transportation planning, public policy, engineering, geography, business/public administration, economics or a related field.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends related to regional transportation planning, congestion management, and traffic engineering.
  • Ability to complete assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.
  • Computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, MS Access, and Internet research.
  • Knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software and experience with SPSS software is desirable; demonstrated proficiency with learning new software applications.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level planning position.

Hours, Pay, and Perks

Interns are paid $13.50 per hour and receive pro-rated holiday pay, paid sick leave, and a regional transit pass. This internship is offered as a one-year position, working approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. The work is primarily performed during normal business hours and, from time to time, may involve evenings and weekends; a specific schedule will be worked out between the intern and manager.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this internship by sending us a completed employment application form along with a recent 2-to 3-page writing sample. A cover letter describing how this internship would contribute to your career goals in Intelligent Transportation as well as a resume is highly desirable. The application form can be downloaded from the Careers section of the SANDAG website. Once completed, your application and writing sample can be emailed to or sent to SANDAG, Attn: Human Resources, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

Apply immediately. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. The internship is expected to start in November 2017.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.
Any questions regarding this internship or application procedures can be referred to Tala Piñones, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 699-7385.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer