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Contracts Management Intern

Salary Range:
$15 to $18 per hour

Close Date: Open until filled

TIPS:* 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, writing sample and cover letter required for this position can be found below.

Overview of the Contracts & Procurement Division

In FY 2019, SANDAG procured approximately $285 million of construction, engineering, technical, and professional services contracts. The Contracts and Procurement team provides the framework, guidance, and expertise to ensure public dollars are spent prudently and contracts are awarded in an open, fair, and competitive manner. The intern selected for this position will have an opportunity to support the administration of contracts for the Mid-Coast Trolley extension project and Architect and Engineering projects, while gaining exposure to many other aspects of contracts and procurement.

Intern Responsibilities

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

  • Assist with the agency’s contracting and procurement activities, including the preliminary review of contract documents.
  • Assist with preparing and reviewing various documents, records, and reports.
  • Perform administrative support tasks such as filing, scanning, and monitoring approvals and the status of various documents.
  • Assist with updating contractor information and contract library files.
  • Assist with preparing progress reports, other special reports, and general correspondence.
  • Provide support to the Contracts and Procurement team for special projects.


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 undergraduate level coursework in business, finance, public administration, engineering, planning, or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access.
  • Ability to perform a range of administrative support services and maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level analyst position.
  • Ability to complete assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.

Hours, Pay, and Perks

Undergraduate-level interns will be paid $15 per hour; interns with a bachelor’s degree or higher will be paid $18 per hour. Interns also 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; 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 and cover letter describing how this internship would contribute to your career goals.

The application form can be downloaded from the Careers section of the SANDAG website. Once completed, your application and writing sample can be e-mailed 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 first review of applications will begin on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The internship is expected to start in October 2019.

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