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Recently listed opportunities for Urban Studies students to apply for internships, research assistantships, and more. Please also see Stanford in Government Internship listings and UC Berkeley Planning jobs listings.

April 2017

  • Pratt Center is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students currently studying urban planning, urban policy, environmental sustainability, geography, history, or related subjects. Recent graduates and entry-level professionals may also apply. Students and graduates from all universities are welcome. Specific Internship positions include: 1) Project Assistant - Economic & Youth Development Intern, 2) Project Assistant - Planning and Outreach Intern, and 3) Project Assistant - Made In NYC (MINYC). Pratt Center is has funding to offer some of the internships as paid internships. The salary range is $15-17 per hour, commensurate with experience. Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume to:, with Internship Application as your subject line. Cover letters should indicate which internship position/s you wish to be considered for, and should express your general interests, educational background, and relevant skills for the position/s.  Applicants who will only consider a paid internship should indicate this in their cover letter. Deadline: Not specified. Learn more here.
  • Santa Clara County's Office of Sustainability seeks an accomplished student intern to support staff efforts to plan for the County’s sustainable future. Come help us by researching and reviewing regional policy and networking with external partners to bolster the County’s role in sustainability leadership. Deadline: May 1, 2017. Click here to learn how to apply.

February 2017

  • New America Millennial Public Policy Fellowship is seeking enterprising, mission-driven young adults to work on the next big public policy challenges facing their generation. We invite applicants with a strong interest in public policy to apply for a competitive and paid fellowship in Washington, D.C. This fellowship is designed to create opportunities for new and diverse voices to contribute to future public policy discussions. New America seeks to invest in some of the most promising young minds in the country; to deepen exposure to contemporary public policy and issue areas; to create valuable professional development experiences that will support their growth as future leaders, critical thinkers, and policy entrepreneurs; and to incubate and advance ideas that are capable of transforming policy systems for the better. Monthly stipend: $3,333. Deadline: April 7, 2017. Learn more here.

January 2017

  • Policy Research Intern for Mayor Michael Tubbs: Stockton is a city of over 300,000 people in search of innovative, low-cost, and high-impact policy solutions. Michael Tubbs is a Stockton native, a Stanford graduate, and now a Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey-endorsed mayor working to #ReinventStockton. With your help, he and his team will be able to do just that. Policy research interns will receive on-the-job training for how to research, prepare, and present policy proposals for immediate implementation. Given the urgency with which Stockton’s problems need attending to, interns will dedicate themselves solely to developing policy and other substantive work. Interns will focus on a number of pressing issues including, but not limited to: improving police-community relations to reduce crime, implementing a housing first model to end homelessness, and altering municipal regulations to accommodate marijuana legalization. Hours: Spring 15 hours/week (remote work options available), Summer 40 hours/week. Compensation: Unpaid. Deadline for application February 1 (Spring), April 1 (Summer). Contact Patrick Cirenza ( for an application.
  • City of San Jose Department of Environmental Services Waste-to-Energy Project Interns- Ideal candidates will be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in the area of Life Sciences/Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Physical Sciences or a relevant area of study. The project duration will last up to two years. The internship schedules are flexible and may work 10-40 hours per week adjusting to the student study needs. Work experience is desirable but not required. The internships will be administered through the City of San José and managed by the Berkeley Lab/UCB team. A team of Berkeley Lab researchers, led by Environmental Engineering professor Tom Kirchstetter, are conducting a study for the California Energy Commission about the anaerobic digestion of organic municipal solid waste for production of electricity and finished compost. Our partners include the Zero Waste Energy Development Company (ZWEDC) – which operates the world’s largest anaerobic digestion facility, and the City of San José. Waste-to-energy facilities like this one reduce landfill methane emissions and support state and municipal goals of renewable energy production and landfill waste diversion. To be considered for these positions, go online and apply at Application deadline: Sunday, February 19, 2017 by 5:00 P.M.
  • The Eno Center for Transportation is accepting applications for Summer 2017 Thomas J. O’Bryant Transportation Policy and Finance Fellowship. This fellowship is designed to provide a professional development opportunity for aspiring transportation specialists. Successful applicants will gain in-depth knowledge of transportation infrastructure and operations as well as an understanding of the U.S. policymaking process through conducting research under the guidance of Eno staff, collaborating with transportation experts on publications, and assisting in the execution of programs conducted by Eno’s Center for Transportation Leadership. Compensation: Fellows will be paid a stipend of $2,000 per month. Deadline: Send cover letter, resume, and scholarly writing sample (2-3 page selection) to Stan Turner at Submit application materials by March 10, 2017. First round interviews will be held in late March.

July 2016

  • Parkmerced Vision Intern Program: Parkmerced is currently accepting applications for an intern based in San Francisco, California. Up to two (2) applicants may be selected. This is a paid internship ($20 per hour) over a 6-month period. During the school year commitment is part-time; hours are negotiable. You must be available for the entire duration of the program. The Internship begins August 2016 and ends in February 2017. We offer the opportunity to work on construction, engineering, design, and/or planning related projects as an integrated member of our project team alongside professionals and consultants at all levels of their career. Our intern program will expose participants to a wide range of experiences within urban planning, construction, interiors, and architecture. The intern will be in the office assisting on all aspects of project implementation. Please download the application for selection criteria. For more information please email or call 415.405.4666.

February 2016

  • San Francisco Fellows Program - Developing Community Stewardship and Public Service Leadership in San Francisco: The San Francisco Fellows Program fosters community stewardship by preparing recent college graduates for leadership roles in public service. The City and County of San Francisco is pleased to offer Fellowship positions to up to 16 individuals, and we invite people who have graduated college within the past 3 years to apply for our 11+ month, full-time Fellowship. Fellows earn an annual salary of approximately $50,000, plus comprehensive health and dental benefits. Specific areas of study are not required. The program is looking for enthusiastic, creative, hard-working individuals who are interested in public service and who would like to learn about policy implementation in the City and County of San Francisco. The experience includes a weekly learning component built into the Fellows' work schedule that is designed to provide a well-rounded, thorough introduction to San Francisco government operations, in addition to supporting the development of vital workplace skills such as leadership and communication. Fellows work on projects during the program that have a direct impact on City operations that span a broad range of City functions, involving analytical, planning, and operational work.  Applications are available through the San Francisco Fellows Program website:, and will be accepted through March 18th.
  • Paid, full-time summer internships with the San Francisco Planning DepartmentThere are 22 separate placements, on issues ranging from green house gas emissions to murals in the Mission to the needs of the city's Black population, and many many more.  Posted: February 26; deadline Friday, March 18 at 5 pm. 
  • A new non-profit organization, Menlo Sparkis joining together Menlo Park businesses, residents and government partners to achieve a climate-neutral Menlo Park within ten years.  Internship Description: The Mobility Improvements for Disadvantaged Communities project will characterize the mobility challenges in Menlo Park focusing on the East side.  The project includes a survey of public opinion and experience, research on the best practices from other similar cities, recommendations to improve mobility and address the related social inequities, and an analysis of the barriers to these actions and potential benefits.  Alternatives to driving, like walking, biking or riding a scooter have added health benefits of providing exercise and fresh air.  This project will explore how a combination of alternatives to driving and infrastructure improvements can provide the most benefits to disadvantaged communities. This internship encourages students to apply their own creativity to help address longstanding mobility challenges that disproportionately impact low income communities of color and be a positive agent of change. A successful candidate will be able to prioritize and work independently, communicate clearly and also demonstrate knowledge and interest in environmental and community issues. This is an unpaid, part-time, temporary internship that could potentially be used for course credit. We are seeking a commitment of 10 - 20 hours per week for three months. Work hours are flexible. To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Diane Bailey at Please include the date you are available to start work. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive; the position is open until filled. For more information about Menlo Spark, visit Posted February 23. Deadline: Not specified.
  • The San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA) Property Based Improvement District/Street Life Internship is ideal for a candidate interested in gaining valuable project management and downtown beautification/public realm promotion experience. SJDA provides hands-on experience in a fast-paced, fun, non-profit environment. This position allows interns a chance to work in a unique and creative atmosphere while gaining skills beneficial to a future career in urban design, community development and project/operations management. The San Jose Downtown Association seeks an organized and passionate PBID intern with good organization and communication skills to join our fun and energetic team. Schedule:  10-20 hours per week January – May 2016 (course-related requirements negotiable). Compensation: This is an unpaid internship position, and therefore is not eligible to participate in company benefits, personal time off or paid holidays. Contact:  Please submit cover letter and resume to or fax 408-279-1904. Posted: February 1. Deadline: Not specified. Click here for more information.

January 2016

  • Sustainability Program Intern. Town of Portola Valley: The Town of Portola Valley, a small rural (population 4,500) community located 5 miles west of Stanford University in the foothills of San Mateo County seeks a highly organized and enthusiastic Intern to assist with the Town’s sustainability-related efforts. The Sustainability Program Intern will perform a variety of duties in support of programs related to energy/water conservation and waste reduction. The primary assignment will be supporting the Sustainability Manager with implementation of residential energy- and water-efficiency programs, with additional opportunities to work on diverse sustainability programs. The Intern will assist with outreach, developing program materials, creating tracking systems and coordinating events. This internship is an ideal opportunity to learn about a local government approach to sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. Qualifications: Effective team player who is able to prioritize and work independently with minimal supervision. In addition, the successful candidate will be able to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing, and have demonstrated skill in detail-oriented work. The successful candidate must also demonstrate knowledge and interest in environmental issues, energy/water conservation programs and sustainability planning. Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint required; experience with Adobe Illustrator and/or InDesign a plus. Ability and desire to work effectively with community members is essential. Open to students and non-students. Candidates must have completed or be currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in urban, regional, or environmental planning, environmental studies, ecology, or a closely related field; volunteer or work experience related to sustainability highly desired. Commitment: This is a paid, part-time, temporary internship with accrued paid sick leave. We are seeking a commitment of at least 15 hours per week for six months. Work hours are flexible, but most work will be completed between 8:00 – 5 p.m. weekdays, with some evenings and weekends for special events. To Apply: To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Brandi de Garmeaux at Please include the date you are available to start work. Applications will be evaluated as they arrive; the position is open until filled. For more information about the Town of Portola Valley visit Due to the volume of responses, not every application will receive a response. Please no phone calls. Posted: January 27. Deadline: Not specified.

  • The San José Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains and operates the City’s transportation network of roadways, traffic signals, street lights, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, street trees and landscaping in addition to the public sewer system and storm drains. DOT’s goal is to provide a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for all users, and that supports the City’s livability and economic vitality. San José has adopted bold policy goals to be a leading city in the areas of environmental sustainability, innovation and fiscal efficiency. To help support these goals, DOT is currently seeking a highly energetic individual who aspires to contribute to the vibrancy of San José by helping plan, design, and construct great places for people to bike and walk. Specifically, the City seeks an individual to work with the City’s Transportation Options team to assist with grant administration, planning, outreach, and miscellaneous tasks for the following projects: On-street Bikeways (bike lanes, bike routes, cycle tracks, etc.);  Bike Parking Facilities; Bike Share Expansion; Miscellaneous Projects.Candidates must have a valid driver’s license; the ability to travel to off-site school and community locations; be organized; possess strong verbal communication skills; be comfortable working with diverse communities of people and speaking before large groups or school children and adults. He or she should enjoy the idea of working with and educating parents and children regarding the health and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling. A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required with some flexibility on days and times. Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs is required; proficiency in GIS, CAD, and mapping tools is helpful but not required. Ability to speak Spanish or Vietnamese is helpful but not required. Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to: EDUCATION: Completion of high school and current enrollment in an accredited college or university in an undergraduate or graduate program (at time of application and duration of employment term). EXPERIENCE: None. LICENSES OR CERTIFICATES: Possession of a current and valid California Driver's License. EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor. Application Instructions: Do not apply online. Email your resume with cover letter and a copy of your current class schedule along with your availability by January 22nd, 2016 to the following email address: John Brazil, Bike & Pedestrian Program, Posted January 18. Due January 22.

December 2015

  • City of San Francisco Summer Student Intern Program: The City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various engineering and architecture disciplines, to provide support to in-house Engineering · Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Surveying · GIS · IT staff. The City Departments that employ interns are the Airport Commission (SFO), Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), Port of San Francisco (Port), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Department of Public Works (DPW), and Recreation and Park Department (RPD). Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners and surveyors. Interns will participate in various activities in the respective City Departments. Posted: December 29. Deadline: February 10, 2016. LEARN MORE

August 2015

  • The Silicon Valley Leadership Group is a public policy trade association engaged in quality of life and bottom-line business issues on behalf of over 390 companies in the Silicon Valley. We are looking for Energy Coordinators and Environment Coordinators for the fall/winter of 2015. Responsibilities of policy interns will include assisting with meeting preparation, analyzing proposed legislation including bill briefs and recommendations for future action, presenting information to committees and task forces, and assisting other office staff and interns with administrative projects, as needed. Coordinators should be comfortable using Microsoft Office Suite and doing Internet research. This is a volunteer internship position. Interns must commit to a minimum of fifteen hours weekly for three months. Individual circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis. To apply, email Sarah Qureshi at with a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and professional references. Additionally, for students who are interested in other policy areas, the Leadership Group is also looking for coordinators to help with Events, Transportation, Education, Health, Housing/Land Use, Government Relations and Tax Policy, Communications, Graphic Design & Web Development, and Membership. Students should indicate their top three preferred policy area by order of preference, and send a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and professional references to Judith Miranda at Posted Aug 12. Deadline: Not specified.

  • The Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA) is an independent nonprofit organization in charge of the Downtown’s Property-Based Business Improvement District (PBID), representing 187 property owners and approximately 680 of their merchant and business tenants. An intern is needed to assist with marketing & social media initiatives, as well as coordinating and marketing Downtown Berkeley events. Responsibilities would include the following: Assist in writing consumer newsletters; Social media posts – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram; Updating the property owner and business database; Help market events in Downtown Berkeley; Conduct merchant outreach and coordinate merchant participation in Downtown events; Website administration – help update Downtown Berkeley online calendar of events; Supporting DBA staff as needed in marketing initiatives & general office administration Requirements: Intern would need to be available for such tasks mid-September through mid-December, 15-20 hours per week. Scheduled hours can be flexible. Pay is $13 per hour. Job Qualifications: Proficiency in MS office is required. A candidate must have excellent writing and verbal communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills. We are seeking an individual who is tech and social media savvy, and is adept at learning quickly. Experience in using social media to promote an organization or business is preferred. We are seeking an individual who: takes initiative, is resourceful, persistent, attentive to detail, organized, and who has a strong desire to learn. The ability to be both thorough and efficient in completing projects is required. Candidates should be passionate about Downtown revitalization, economic development and helping make Downtown Berkeley a vibrant city center. Applicants must be highly reliable, and have a professional demeanor in person and through email. Experience in basic website editing a plus. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Travis LeMaster, Program Coordinator at Downtown Berkeley Association: Posted Aug 26. Deadline: not specified.

May 2015

  • The City of Berkeley seeks land use interns with the ability to work evening meetings, strong analytical abilities and a capacity for details, a desire to learn, solid basics, and an interest in honing skills. Typical Internship work: research and write reports on urban planning issues, proposed development projects, long range policies and current planning topics; Participate in meeting preparations, develop agenda materials, take meeting minutes; Co-author staff reports and letters to commissions and citizens; Shadow senior level staff and learn planning practice basics Utilize graphic skills to create informative maps and other materials; Utilize design skills to review development projects of all scales; Interface with numerous other City Departments involved with planning. The internship is available to current students or recent graduates. This is a paid internship with a maximum of 19 hours per week. Duration is a minimum of six (6) months, and can last longer. Qualifications: The ideal candidates will be undergraduate or graduate students in Urban Studies, American Studies, City Planning, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Public Policy, Geography, or other related fields; possess excellent organizational and communication skills; be proficient with basic Microsoft Office, graphics, and GIS mapping programs; and be able to work independently and follow through with assigned tasks. Contact: Carol Johnson, Land Use Planning Manager at Posted May 12. Deadline: Not specified.

  • Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) - Urban Planning Summer Intern: SOM is one of the leading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in the world, with a 75-year reputation for design excellence and a portfolio that includes some of the most important architecture of the 20th and 21st centuries. SOM has a 5-week urban planning summer internship opportunity in its San Francisco office.  The 5-week internship may occur anytime within June 8, 2015- August 14, 2015.  You must be returning to school in Fall 2015 to be considered for a summer internship at SOM. SOM is looking for an urban planning intern with excellent analytical skills to work full time during the above duration. You must be returning to school in Fall 2015 to be considered for a summer internship at SOM. Students who are interested in joining a dynamic studio with an emphasis on sustainability integrated urban design are invited to complete an applicant profile and upload resume, cover letter and work samples at SOM:About.  Applicants who do not submit work samples will not be reviewed.  Work samples should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 6 MB. Posted May 12. Deadline: May 15.

  • The Sustainable Stanford Internship Program is now accepting applications for more than paid 20 positions being offered in summer 2015 and the 2015-16 academic year.  Develop your project management and leadership experience while improving our campus? environmental footprint. To see internship descriptions, please click on this link. To apply, submit your resume and cover letter stating your interest and experience to Meghan Kearns at by Monday, May 11, 2015. Interviews will be held during the week of May 18-22 and hiring decisions will be announced by May 29. This opportunity is for undergraduate and graduate Stanford students only. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Meghan Kearns at Posted May 8. Deadline May 11.

  • San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC): We are seeking a Geographic Information Systems and Planning intern to assist BCDC’s Planning department with the preparation and update of BCDC's Suisun Marsh Management Program. This includes assisting in development of geospatial tools and layers, collecting and managing data, and preparing other document components that will comprise the new Individual Duck Club Management Plan GIS platform. This includes updating and developing BCDC’s geospatial data layers, researching available geospatial data, metadata production and editing, potential digitization of information, and other related tasks specific to the Suisun Marsh and the Suisun Resource Conservation District projects. This is an unpaid volunteer position. Desired Qualifications. The internship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate applicants should have completed at least two years of their college education. Preferably, applicants will have a background in coastal management, environmental planning, landscape architecture, architecture, natural resource management, geography or a related field. The candidates should be able to volunteer a minimum of 16 hours per week for at least three months. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, though applications received by May 15 will be prioritized with interviews to be held as early as the week of May 18.  To apply, please send (digitally or as hard copies) your letter of interest, resume, work samples and/or writing sample and two references to: Cody Aichele-Rothman at Posted 8 May. Deadline: 15 May.

April 2015

  • Sea-Level Rise Planning Intern (Marin County): Help long-range planners at the County of Marin identify, map, and assess bayside areas vulnerable to sea-level rise. The intern will be part of an innovative project bringing together county government, local towns and cities, special districts, and nonprofits to address sea-level rise. The ideal intern has research and interviewing skills, and is familiar with Marin County; GIS skills are desirable but not required. The intern may provide additional support tasks for this Marin Bay Waterfront Adaptation Vulnerability Evaluation (BayWAVE) project. Hours: Up to 30 a week during summer of 2015. Commitment: 3-5 months. Staff provides orientation and supervision. Internship to be paid, depending on funding availability. To apply, send a resume to Joy Fossett at Posted April 27. Deadline: Not specified.

  • San Francisco Clear Cities Coalition: The San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition (SFCCC), housed in the San Francisco Department of Environment, is one of almost 100 Coalitions around the country supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. SFCCC works with local public and private stakeholders to reduce petroleum consumption in the transportation sector. The San Francisco Clean Cities Coalition Intern will have the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to projects aimed at reducing petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while improving air quality and the health of San Francisco’s residents. Activities may include assisting the Point Reyes National Seashore with an electric vehicle project, promoting and implementing a local idle-reduction campaign, assisting in implementation of the San Francisco Alt Fuel Readiness Project, planning outreach and stakeholder events, and assisting in collecting alternative fuel data for the Department of Energy. The student selected will be involved in developing work plans, programs and presentations; conducting outreach activities (including maintenance the SFCCC website and social media campaigns); collecting and analyzing data; and communicating findings. Relevant majors include those providing an analytical background (data analysis or policy analysis) such as science and engineering disciplines, public policy, and urban planning. Familiarity with transportation systems and issues is a plus.  Contact: Sharon Hoff Posted April 27. Deadline: Not specified.

  • The City of Oakland’s Public Works Department (OPW): We are currently seeking to fill two part-time positions in the Bicycle Facilities Program. These unique internships will provide the successful candidates an opportunity to learn about and practice the skills needed for careers in the growing field of active transportation. The interns will help accomplish the objectives of Oakland?s Bicycle Master Plan, and will work as core members of the Bicycle Facilities Program. For more information about the program, go to Posted April 17. Deadline: April 29.

  • The City of Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (OHR) - Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Internship: OHR is seeking a talented and energetic summer intern who wants to gain valuable work experience in historic preservation and urban planning, while providing overall support to the preservation office of the nation’s second-largest city. This internship opportunity is intended for members of groups underrepresented in professions relating to museums and the visual arts – individuals of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander descent. For more information, please see this link. Posted April 17. Deadline: April 30.

  • San Mateo County  Office of Sustainability: Are you creative, energetic and interested in working on climate change and sustainability?  Are you a college or graduate student interested in a summer internship?  If so, the San Mateo County Office of Sustainability would like to hear from you. We're looking for a summer intern to market energy efficiency programs to residents and property owners, help promote Community Choice Aggregation, plan community initiatives like Adopt-a-Block, implement active transportation programs, assist in updating our greenhouse gas emissions inventory, create a visibility/marketing strategy for the Office of Sustainability, and much more! Our fast-paced work environment and many environmental initiatives will expose you to a variety of topics. The internship runs 8-12 weeks; schedule can be full or part-time and start dates are flexible. Compensation for this internship will be $12 per hour. Interested applicants will need to submit an application online on, along with a resume and cover letter stating interest in the postion by 4:30pm Thursday, April 23, 2015. Indicate whether you are interested in part-time or full-time. Please attach cover letter and resume as one document. Applicants chosen as finalists will be required to complete a written and verbal exercise during the interview process. Interviews will likely take place in early May. For questions/comments/issues relating to the application process and materials submissions on or please contact Regina Soo at (650) 363-1915 or Posted April 8. Deadline: April 23.

  • Association of Bay Area Governments - 2015 Summer Internships: ABAG Planning & Research Department is seeking interns to engage in challenging regional planning tasks addressing land use, housing, neighborhood development, and urban policies. The ABAG application and job announcement can be obtained from The Interest Form is on the last page of the job announcement. Send your completed ABAG application, intererst form, resume, one-page writing sample, and cover letter  to: Internship Coordinator, ABAG Summer Internship Program, P.O. Box 2050, Oakland, CA 94604-2050. Completed application and required materials must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015.  For questions or assistance, contact Christina Fong, ABAG HR Department, at 510-464-7941 or Posted April 8. Deadline: April 17.

March 2015

  • Spring/Summer Research Assistantship: Sustainable Urban Mobility: Major transformations in the transportation sector are changing the way people and goods move, and the energy required to move them. Shared use vehicles enabled by smart phones (e.g. Uber, Lyft, Zipcar) may foster a predominately car-less lifestyle and more sustainable residential and travel choices. Electrification of the vehicle fleet presents opportunities to shift towards a low-carbon transportation future. Through this project, research assistants will examine various datasets and develop models of vehicle ownership, vehicle miles traveled, modal splits, and transportation energy use across major cities. Position description: Organize data from regional travel surveys; Analyze data trends in vehicle ownership, VMT, and vehicle choice; Aid in development of travel demand models and related research. Successful candidates will have a strong background or interest in learning at least one of the following skills: R statistical computing, MS Excel, basic programming skills (preferred languages: PHP, Python), discrete choice modeling, exploratory factor analysis, and/or econometrics, GIS/ spatial modeling. (Note: multiple RAs may be accepted for academic credit; knowledge/ expertise in all of the above skills is not required). To apply, please send your resume, a cover letter explaining your qualifications, and unofficial transcript to Regina Clewlow ( no later than Friday, March 20, 2015. These RA positions will be offered for academic credit.  Posted March 18.  Deadline: March 20.

  • Parkmerced Vision Intern Program: Parkmerced is currently accepting applications for our 2015 Parkmerced Vision Intern Program based in San Francisco, CA. Up to two (2) applicants may be selected. For more information, see This is a paid internship ($20 per hour) over a 6-month period. During the school year commitment is part- time. During the summer the commitment is full-time. Hours are negotiable. You must be available for the entire duration of the program. Starting and end dates are negotiable. We offer the opportunity to work on design, planning, or construction related projects as an integrated member of our project team alongside professionals and consultants at all levels of their career. Our intern program will expose participants to a wide range of experiences within architecture, urban planning, interiors, graphic design, consulting, and construction. The intern will be in the office, architect or consultants’ office daily assisting on all aspects of project implementation, including, but not limited to presentations for owners to working with the construction team. An intern may also be conducting research on sites, such as zoning laws, and organizing plans or specifications. For consideration, please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and 2-3 work samples in PDF format. Only complete online applications with work samples will be accepted. Please email the completed application to Posted March 18. Deadline: May 15. Selections will be made in June 2015.

  • The City of San José Department of Transportation – Transportation Planning Division: The City of San José Department of Transportation is seeking several individuals whose values align with the values of the City's employees. The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains and operates the City of San José’s transportation network of roadways, traffic signals, street lights, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, street trees and landscaping in addition to the public sewer system and storm drains. DOT’s goal is to provide a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for all users, and that supports the City’s livability and economic vitality. San José has adopted bold policy goals to be a leading city in the areas of environmental sustainability, innovation and fiscal efficiency. To help support these goals, DOT is currently seeking several highly energetic individuals who aspire to contribute to San José’s vibrancy by encouraging school age children to walk and bike to school. Interns will work closely with DOT staff to: Help implement DOTs grant-funded Safe Routes to School education and encouragement program; Outreach to parents to encourage them to volunteer to support the program at their school; Inspire school children to lead a healthy and active lifestyle; Support hands-on, bicycle skills “rodeos”; Coordinate meetings and events; Track school and program performance using Microsoft Excel. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license; the ability to travel to off-site school and community locations; be organized; possess strong verbal communication skills; be comfortable working with diverse communities and speaking before large groups of people. Applicants should enjoy the idea of working with and educating parents and children about the health and environmental benefits of walking and bicycling.  A minimum commitment of 20 hours per week is required.  Ability to speak Spanish is strongly desired.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Microsoft Excel, is preferred. Email your resume with cover letter and a copy of your current class schedule along with your availability to Anna Le, Walk ‘n Roll program manager, Posted March 18. Deadline: April 1.

February 2015

  • SPUR is one of North America’s preeminent urban planning and public policy organizations. Through research, advocacy and public education, SPUR promotes good planning and good government. SPUR is a member-supported nonprofit organization. SPUR is seeking a transportation policy intern to work closely our Transportation Policy Director. This position will be responsible for developing visual aides while assisting in the writing reports, blogs, and newsletters. This position requires a detail-oriented candidate who is comfortable performing technical tasks and in-depth research, and has the capabilities to work on time-sensitive assignments (tasks due within 24-48 hours). Graduate students are preferred, but upper level undergrad students with work experience and classes in transportation are also encouraged to apply. To apply, send your cover letter and resume, with the job title in the subject line, Briana Bixby Intern Coordinators, at Posted: February 27. Deadline: Unspecified. LEARN MORE

  • The City of Cupertino’s Sustainability Division is actively recruiting summer interns to assist our team with program development, implementation, and analysis for our GreenBizGrowing Greener Blocks, and green@school programs. This unique internship position, working as a “boots on the ground” local government sustainability practitioner, will run through the summer, requiring a 10-12 week commitment of a minimum of 10-20 hours per week, though priority will be given to students that can commit to supporting our team full-time. Students will work from Cupertino City Hall, though much of their time will be spent out of the office directly supporting local businesses, residents, and schools in advancing their environmental efforts. To apply, pease send a thoughtful cover letter explaining your interest in the position, your qualifications and relevant experience, and a current resume to Amanda Leonis ( Posted: February 26. Deadline: March 27.

  • The Northern California Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) Summer Internships: COMTO, along with its local partners, is recruiting students from area colleges and universities to participate in its CITY Internship Program this summer. Eligible students must be juniors and seniors in the Fall of 2015. COMTO’s CITY Internship Program is seeking the best and brightest young talent for internships in the public transportation industry. This internship program is funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) initiative to promote public transportation career opportunities among college students. The 10-week internship is designed to orient students to the public transportation industry by providing internships and mentoring at transit agencies, private transit-related consulting firms, transportation service providers, manufacturers and suppliers in local COMTO Chapters across the country. The internship program focuses on college junior and senior students who have an interest in public transportation or a transportation related career. Posted: February 6.  Deadline: EXTENDED TO MARCH 31. LEARN MORE

  • Knight Foundation San Jose: Gain eight weeks of experience this summer at one of the largest nonprofit foundations in the United States. Knight Foundation offers competitive paid internships that allow interns to help us provide communities with the tools to shape their own futures. Knight is seeking an intern to work with our San Jose community team. Local candidates preferred. Please send a cover letter and resume to: Deadline: Unspecified. LEARN MORE

January 2015

  • Food System Planning Intern: Garden To Table is seeking an intern to assist in our effort to advance policy and planning development for a localized food system in San Jose. G2T is currently working with The Heath Trust and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to bring locally produced foods into the Healthy Corner Store Program in San Jose. Specifically, G2T runs a fruit harvesting program and a 1-acre urban farm in downtown San Jose. G2T is also working with local government to adopt AB 551 and allow property tax incentives for privately owned vacant land to be converted into urban agriculture projects in San Jose. We are looking for a qualified individual to fill a support position for research and administrative assistance for at least 10 hours of work per week for a minimum of 3 months. To apply, please send in a cover letter explaining why you are the best candidate for this position, and a resume outlining your qualifications. Contact: Brent Carvalho, Deadline: Not Specified.

  • Submit a map, earn $200!  The California Map Society is meeting here at Stanford on Saturday, May 2, 2015.  This is a group of mainly map collectors and enthusiasts who get together a couple of times a year to learn more about maps, how they are used, and current research using cartographic information.  This year we are looking specifically for student participation.  If you are a Stanford student and are working or have recently worked on a project that would be of interest to the group, please submit a paragraph to tell me about it.  There are three slots of 20 minutes each for the student presentations, one of which has already been filled by John West who will be speaking on "Ghosts of Former Indigenous Inhabitants of Stanford University."  There is a $200 award for each student presentation. Contact: Julie Sweetkind-Singer, Deadline: January 14.

December 2014

  • Internships available at the Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter: Community Outreach & Engagement - Reach out to community leaders and engage them in the environmental movement, primarily on urban planning. Latino Communities Engagement (NEW!) - Speak Spanish and love urban & regional planning? Engage with Latino communities on urban sustainability! Conservation Coordinator- Want to learn how to be a grassroots organizer for the environment? This internship is for you.  Environmental Impact Analysis - Environmental law, policy, and impact assessment is needed for our work. If you have a great understanding of this, choose this internship. Fracking Action - Have you seen gasland? Want to take action? Set an interview with us. Recycling & Zero Waste -  Like talking trash? Our team of experts do too! Come join them. Sustainable Land Use & Transportation - If you believe that planning for a sustainable future is achievable, join our cause in building climate-friendly communities through smart planning. Water Advocacy & Education -  Do you wish our creeks and rivers were cleaner? This internship is perfect for you! Posted December 12, 2014. Deadline: Unspecified. Contact: LEARN MORE

  • 2015 AIDDATA SUMMER FELLOWS: In partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Lab, the AidData Center for Development Policy is now seeking undergraduate and graduate students for our 2015 Summer Fellows Program. Selected participants have the opportunity to work with development stakeholder organizations primarily in Nepal and Uganda, with the potential for further opportunities in additional countries as they arise. After attending a week-long intensive training session at the Center in Williamsburg, VA in late May, selected finalists will then travel to their assigned post for a 10 week embed with a host organization. While there, Summer Fellows will leverage AidData’s geospatial data and tools to further the goals and work of their respective host organizations. Applications are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. This is an unpaid position and selected fellows are encouraged to seek funding from their home academic institutions. To apply for the AidData Summer Fellows program, send a short (1-2 page) resume and a cover letter to Alena Stern and Lauren Harrison ( Deadline: January 5, 2015. LEARN MORE

  • Internships - San Francisco MTA, Sustainable Streets Division:  The SFMTA is looking for student interns who are interested in Transportation Planning and Engineering.  Posted: December 11. Deadline: February 11. Contact:

  • City of San Francisco Summer Student Intern Program: The City and County of San Francisco is seeking student interns for various engineering and architecture disciplines, to provide support to in-house Engineering · Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Surveying · GIS · IT staff. The City Departments that employ interns are the Airport Commission (SFO), Department of Building Inspection (DBI), Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), Port of San Francisco (Port), San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Department of Public Works (DPW), and Recreation and Park Department (RPD). Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners and surveyors. Interns will participate in various activities in the respective City Departments. Posted: December 11. Deadline: February 11, 2015. LEARN MORE

  • California Capital Fellows Program: The Capital Fellows Programs offer a unique opportunity to participate in policymaking and development. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the California State Assembly, California State Senate, California Executive Branch or the California Judiciary. Fellows actively engage in public service and prepare for future careers, while gaining firsthand experience in the governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.  Posted: December 10. Deadline: February 9, 2015.  Learn more

  • Internships and Full-Time Jobs with Fehr & Peers: Interested in Transportation Engineer/Planner opportunities with Fehr & Peers? Our staff will be meeting with selected candidates at TRB (Transportation Research Board annual meeting) this January to discuss opportunities.  Posted: December 4.  Deadline: None listed.  Learn More

November 2014

  • Research Assistant, Reconstructing California Conservation History: The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University seeks to hire an undergraduate Research Assistant to work on a project entitled “Reconstructing California Conservation History”. We seek students interested in integrating Earth Sciences and land management. Posted: November 24. Deadline: January 4, 2015. Pay: $16 / hours. Contact: Chau Ho. Learn more

  • Parking Intern:  The City of Palo Alto is seeking a motivated, creative and technically proficient individual to serve as a Parking Intern within the Transportation Department at the City. This individual will work with the Parking Manager on a myriad of programs and projects including but not limited to parking permit programs, parking technology implementation, downtown parking and wayfinding projects, permit policies, transportation demand management policies and programs and many other tasks. The intern may be asked to participate and prepare for community meetings, meet with parking technology and other parking and TDM-related vendors, do research projects, create and analyze data related to parking and help implement various projects. No experience in parking is required, but the individual should be quick to learn, able to balance multiple priorities simultaneously, have a passion for improving the community and not be easily discouraged. Ability to jump in and do what needs to be done is a must!  Pay is $25 / hour.  Posted: November 20.  Deadline: Not specified.  Contact: Jessica Sullivan.

  • Urban Workspace Startup: From two GSB students: "In response to global urbanization and changing role of the workplace, we are working on creating urban working spaces that do a better job of blending work & social environments. A membership model concept would enable a global joint-ownership and generate spaces that operate as hubs for community and engagement. We are looking to assemble a team to enroll in ENGR 245, The Lean LaunchPad: Getting Your Lean Startup Off the Ground.  The class meets Tuesdays, 4:15 to 7.  We're really looking for people passionate about the built form and excited about doing interviews/prototyping ideas. Powerpoint is a must, excel a good to have. Really we just want a passionate person who's willing to work hard and put themselves out there (and maybe thick skin bc apparently Blank is a tough evaluator!)."  Posted: November 18.  Deadline: Not specified. Contact: Virginia Calkins or Carrie Denning.

  • Arts Immersion, NYC: Join the Arts Institute in New York for the Sixth Annual Spring Break Arts Immersion trip! Accepted applicants to the spring break trip are required to enroll in the spring quarter class Art in the Metropolis. To apply, submit your completed application through the Introductory Seminars website Posted: November 18.  Deadline: December 1.  Learn more

  • Project Funding, Stanford Office of Sustainability: The Student Green Fund provides grants for innovative, student-driven projects that improve sustainability in campus operations. Up to $30,000 is available to fund projects each academic year.  Posted: November 14.  Deadline: November 19. Contact: Meghan KearnsLearn more

  • Internships, Silicon Valley Leadership Group: Want to experience first-hand how public policy is developed on local, state, and federal levels?  Want to make a difference in areas such as improving middle school math education, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the supply of affordable homes?  Posted: November 14.  Deadline: None specified.  Learn more

  • Research Assistantship, Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA), Undocumented Mexican Migration Project: Students will work closely with the project manager to trace and map the rise of Mexican migration to the United States from 1964-1986. The goal is to figure out how migrant communities moved in local, national, transnational, and translocal scales. Some student tasks will be data entry, creating maps, and analyzing primary sources among other things. Preferred Skills: GIS, Google Maps, archival research. The ability to work independently and bring new ideas to the project is also indispensable. Posted: November 12.  Deadline: None specified.  Contact: Matt Bryant. Learn more

  • Research Assistantship, Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West, Measuring and Visualizing Metropolitan Areas: The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants (RA) to work on a project to evaluate, expand and visualize measurements of American metropolitan areas. The project extends over winter and spring quarters of 2015, and possibly over the summer.  Posted: October 31.  Deadline: November 17.  Learn more