Attached is the job announcement for the 10 internship positions currently
open with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The closing date
for these positions is Tuesday, Feb 18th.
It would be appreciated if you would distribute these announcements
or pass them on to interested parties or organizations.
2003 SUMMARY OF SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Internships at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) provide opportunities
for professional contributions in a variety of transportation planning, finance
and operational projects for aspiring professionals, as well as opportunities
to obtain further training in these areas. Employment generally is full-time
from June to September and with potential of part-time work (up to 20 hours
a week) through December. Ten (10) hourly positions are available this year.
Refer to the application process at the end of the message.
I. ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES SECTION
1. High School Intern Coordinator
· Assist with implementing an internship program for high school students.
(Students will be placed at transportation-related work sites around the
nine-county Bay Area.)
· Serve as main contact at MTC for high school students and their supervisors.
Visit students and supervisors to ensure each student is performing well.
Counsel students as needed
· Organize a one-day workshop to introduce high school students to transportation
as a career choice.
· Collect and review program data and write summary report.
· College junior or senior, or recent graduate or graduate student, majoring
in psychology, sociology, education, public administration, social welfare,
planning or related field
· Excellent command of written English
· Excellent typing and fluency in word processing programs
· Good research and quantitative skills
· Experience as a mentor, peer counselor or tutor helpful
· Familiarity with Bay Area
· Valid California Driver’s License
· Preference to someone who can work in part-time in April or May, fulltime
beginning in June.
II. LEGISLATION AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION
2. Library Intern
· Assist in maintaining a complete collection of MTC Publications.
· Catalog historic and recent MTC publications into the online database
and prepare them for deposit in the MTC Publications Archive.
· Miscellaneous Library duties, including reference work, as needed.
· MLIS student or June Library School graduate
· Familiarity with online cataloging systems
· Knowledge of standard cataloging practices
· Familiarity with Library of Congress classification scheme
· Interest in special libraries
3. Public Information and Legislation Intern
· Assist with legislative analysis and advocacy.
· Research/write copy for MTC’s newsletters, write press releases, and
produce material for Web site.
· Assist with general public information duties, such as planning public
meetings, working on various community outreach efforts, updating mailing
lists and researching questions from the general public.
· College junior or senior or recent graduate or graduate student, majoring
in English, political science, communications, journalism, marketing or related
· Excellent command of written English and journalistic style
· Excellent typing and fluency in word processing programs
· Good research and organizational skills
· Experience with publications, the web and in planning and organizing
· Applicants should submit published writing with their applications,
or bring to the interview
III. PROGRAMMING AND ALLOCATIONS SECTION
4. Funding Intern
· Prepare Transit Operator Statistical Summary of Bay Area transit operator
· Update the region’s bus and van price list.
· Assist project manager with updating financial data in Access database.
· Assist supervisor in special projects, as required.
· Strong Excel skills (mandatory)
· Graduate or undergraduate student majoring in planning, public administration,
public policy or transportation planning
· Strong computer skills (Word processing, spreadsheet applications and
· Ability to analyze and present financial information for a wide variety
IV. PLANNING SECTION
5. GIS Intern
· Provide GIS support for planning related efforts undertaken by MTC.
· GIS tasks may include cartography, GIS analysis, GIS data compilation,
metadata creation, and web-based mapping application development.
· Specific tasks may vary depending on the skills and experience of the
· GIS or planning related discipline (i.e. planning, geography, environmental
science, etc.) with a concentration in GIS. Graduate student preferred
· Completion of coursework in GIS
· Experience with ESRI ArcGIS 8.x and Arc View 3.x software
· Good oral and written communication skills
· Experience with metadata and/or MS Access and /or web development (i.e.
ArcIMS, HTML, DreamWeaver).
6. LIFT Program Intern
Provide support for MTC’s Low Income Flexible Transportation (LIFT) Program
and other activities intended to improve transportation services for low-income
communities. Examples of specific tasks include:
· Prepare a status report of all LIFT projects funded to date. Collect
relevant operating statistics and performance data for each project (e.g.
number of trips provided, hours of service, operating budget, cost per hour
or trip, etc. May include conducting on-board surveys).
· Summarize information in database (spreadsheet) format.
· Survey agencies providing welfare-to-work transportation services to
determine the types of performance measures currently being used. Develop/draft
standardized methodology for tracking outcome based-performance measures
for different types of welfare-to-work transportation projects based on the
findings of survey.
· Make site visits and interview project sponsors in order to provide
more qualitative information regarding program operations.
· Conduct interviews or conduct focus groups of program participants in
order to solicit “success stories” resulting from improved services through
the LIFT program.
· Work with other MTC staff to develop public outreach materials for the
LIFT program, such as brochures, photos, video, fact sheets, etc.
· Provide assistance as needed to support MTC’s community-based transportation
· Strong computer skills
· Ability to conduct research and synthesize results
· Ability to communicate well in writing and orally
· Good organizational skills, knowledge of planning principles
· Graduate level education in Planning, Transportation, Public Policy,
Public Administration or related field
· Related professional or volunteer work in the public sector
· Interest in and ability to work with low-income communities
· California Driver’s License
V. TRANSIT COORDINATION AND ACCESS SECTION
7. Regional Transit Information Systems Intern
· Assist in improving the quality of the transit service data used by
MTC’s regional transit trip planning system.
· Work with MTC staff, consultants, regional transit providers and other
transit interest groups to create a comprehensive list of popular landmarks,
points of interest and destinations that are accessible by public transportation.
· Assist in creating a database and region-wide GIS data layer showing
landmarks and popular destinations for use with MTC’s regional transit trip
· Make recommendations for efficient and cost effective ways of maintaining
the regional GIS landmark file.
· Work with MTC staff, consultants and transit agencies to update and
edit the landmark data.
· Basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
· Understanding of basic database structure and data management concepts
· Experience in creating spatial databases and using GIS software
· Strong communication skills, both written and oral
· Self-motivated worker
· Ability to take initiative once given basic instructions
· Academic background in information sciences, urban planning or geography
· Knowledge of Bay Area transit systems
8. TransLink® Intern
· Support an analysis of regional fare policy issues. Tasks may include
examination of existing inter-operator agreements, modeling the revenue and
ridership impacts of regional fare policy change and other tasks as appropriate.
· Conduct site visits to confirm proper installation of equipment and
site preparation for the implementation of the TransLink® fare payment system
on Bay Area transit operators.
· Conduct quantitative analysis supporting the development of distribution
programs for TransLink® cards and value.
· Assist project management staff in developing updated contract documents
for the implementation and operation of the TransLink® regional fare collection
· Participate in the testing of the TransLink® system by using smartcards
to confirm proper software execution of the transit operators’ business rules.
· Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills
· Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
· Computer skills: MS Excel, Word
· Basic academic background, skills aptitude and other job related qualifications
· Knowledge of transportation policy and transit operations
VI. BRIDGE AND HIGHWAY OPERATIONS SECTION
9. Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Intern
· FSP GIS project to map FSP incident data onto a GIS map to geographically
locate incidents, including type, frequency, duration etc.
· Work with FSP staff to develop and systematize the fleet management
activities that can be used by the FSP partners (MTC, CHP and Caltrans) to
track the tow activities of real time through an Automatic Vehicle Location
· Assist project manager partner coordination with Caltrans & CHP
including: developing agendas, creating materials for meeting packets, etc.
· Revise and restructure project manager database (Access), and produce
operational statistics in the form of tables, graphs, and other reports.
· In the area of marketing, assist at local public events and purchase
materials for the events in coordination with partners.
· Plan incentive programs including: Driver of the Month and an awards
event, working with partners on selection of awardees.
· Graduate or undergraduate student majoring in engineering, transportation
planning or related field
· Basic knowledge of GIS concepts, experience with relational DB applications
(Access), analytical skills
· Computer skills in word processing (Word) and spreadsheets (Excel)
· Written communication skills
10. Pavement Management Program Intern
· GIS Application – Utilize Arc View and GIS/Pavement Management Program
linked software applications to compile and map data such as pavement condition
scores, MTS routes, bicycle routes, transit routes, etc…assist in summarizing
data by city and county
· Database Upkeep – Update the PMP User Database including contact information,
pavement inspection data, jurisdiction financial statistics, and technical
· MTC PMP Data Migration – Assist in migrating PMP databases in order
to make them compatible with the new version of MTC PMP software about to
· MTC PMP Software Testing - Perform Beta testing for MTC PMP Version
· User Week - Assist in the preparation for User Week. Prepare minutes
for meetings. Summarize User Week evaluations. Participate in User Week
· State Controller’s Data - Enter data for FY 2000/2001. Update revenue/expenditure
tables for each jurisdiction. Update dollars to current 2003 $. Summarize
data for Bay Area cities and counties.
· Other duties as assigned.
· Proficiency in the following software applications:
§ Microsoft Access
§ Microsoft Excel
§ Arc View
· Practical experience with analyzing large databases
· Some experience with running and evaluating software applications
· Some knowledge of programming languages (ASP, Java, Visual Basic), though
not required, would be useful
Instructions To Applicants: Applications may be downloaded from MTC’s
web site, www.mtc.ca.gov
. you can also contact MTC at Job Hotline, (510)
464-7818 or email jobhotline@....
. Candidates, interested in more
than one position, should make copies of the completed application form than
write in the title of each position you are applying for. Applications not
submitted on MTC forms will not be considered. Materials and questions should
be addressed to: Internship Coordinator, Human Resources Office, Metropolitan
Transportation Commission, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland, CA 94607. Completed
applications must be received at MTC’s office no later than 5:00 p.m., Tuesday,
February 18, 2003. (Faxed applications will not be accepted.)
Requirements: · Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Transportation
Planning, Transportation Engineering, City and Regional Planning, Public
Policy, Public Administration, Library Sciences, Journalism, Communications,
or English, Urban Studies, Public Finance, or other related fields.
· Internships are available to students enrolled at least halftime
in an undergraduate or graduate-level curriculum. Individuals who have already
graduated may be considered up to six months following graduation.
· Students must submit verification of their legal right to work in
the United States upon an offer of employment.
Salary: Undergraduate Students:Graduate Students: $11.00 per hour$14.00
This announcement sets a cut-off date and time for receipt of applications.
Applications received after the cut-off date will not be considered. Applications
will be screened promptly; those qualified candidates whose applications
and resumes show the best qualifications will be invited for an interview.
Interviews will be conducted by MTC staff who are acquainted with the requirements
of the position. At the conclusion of the interviews, the interviewer(s)
determines which candidates qualify. The Internship Coordinator may offer
the position to the best-qualified candidate.
MTC IS AN EEO/AA EMPLOYER
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is an affirmative action employer.
MTC provides all employees and applicants with an equal opportunity in every
aspect of the employment experience regardless of race, color, religion,
sex, age, national origin, physical handicap, medical condition, or marital
status. This policy is implemented through an ongoing affirmative action
program to ensure maximum opportunity to participate in the Commission’s