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Transportation Planning Intern

Salary Range:

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 Goods Movement Program

The SANDAG Goods Movement Strategy (GMS) considers the growing importance of freight and goods movement to the region’s economic prosperity, and seeks to balance regional and national freight priorities. It is an important component of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The intern selected for this position will have an opportunity to work in these areas while gaining exposure to many other aspects of transportation planning.

Intern Responsibilities

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

  • Contribute as a team member to various research projects and planning studies; participate in meetings and liaise with project partners; assist with coordinating activities.
  • Assist with providing staff support to formal committee meetings; record and summarize minutes and actions for distribution to committees, working groups and the public; assist with specific follow-up requests that arise from meetings.
  • Collect and compile information required for meeting agendas, committee reports, and presentations; assist with drafting these types of documents.
  • Prepare tables, charts, diagrams, and GIS maps to display information for written reports and presentations.
  • Assist with vendor procurement and project management activities.
  • Support research and analysis related to the implementation of the San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan with a focus on domestic and national goods movement.
  • Assist with maintaining content on project webpages.
  • Respond to requests for project 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 level coursework in urban planning, public policy, or a related field with a specific focus on transportation planning.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends related to goods movement; practical knowledge of the freight industry is desirable.
  • Ability to independently complete complex assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.
  • Advanced computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Internet research.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; proficiency with the Spanish language is desirable.
  • 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, are eligible to 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 the planning field is 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 March/April 2018.

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 Cristen Powell, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 595-5379.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.