Internship - Santa Clara VTA - Transportation Engineering/Planning
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA)
Development & Congestion Management Division
Student Intern - Transportation Engineering and Planning
Duties and Responsibilities
This student intern position in the Transportation Engineering and Planning section of VTA’s Development and Congestion Management Division is expected to provide assistance in the following areas:
- Land Use Development Review – VTA as Santa Clara County’s designated congestion management agency (CMA) is responsible for annual monitoring of the County’s Congestion Management Program (CMP). As part of the CMP, VTA has established the Proactive CMP Process for evaluation of land development projects that includes analysis of traffic studies and environmental documents. The student intern may participate in the review of transportation engineering and planning and traffic operations analyses related to these studies.
- Annual CMP Monitoring Program – The student intern may assist the VTA project manager with the development of VTA’s annual CMP monitoring report. The monitoring report includes but is not limited to the evaluation of the following: freeway level of service based on aerial photography data; rural highway level of service; origin-destination travel times for single-occupant vehicles, carpools and transit; and expressway travel times. The student intern may participate with other VTA staff in the data collection in some cases and assist with the review of data collected by consultants in other cases.
- Highway Planning Studies – The student intern may assist the VTA project manager with highway planning studies. Participation on these studies would allow the intern to learn about the planning process for the development of roadway improvement projects.
- Highway Project Development – The student intern may assist VTA staff with highway development projects. Project development steps include the development of a project study report (PSR), environmental document, project report (PR) and related technical studies. Participation in the preparation of such project development documents would allow the intern to learn about the project development process for roadway projects.
- Transit Project Development – The Transportation Engineering and Planning section is providing technical assistance on the implementation of signal priority for buses and a real-time passenger information system. The intern may have an opportunity to participate in field review, data collection and data review on these efforts.
- Other Tasks – The student intern may be called upon to assist in data collection, report reviews or other investigations related to other work groups within the Development and Congestion Management Division. These other programs or efforts include: transportation demand modeling, bicycle program, pedestrian program and transit planning.
This student intern position offers the opportunity to gain transportation engineering and planning experience. The position offers someone the opportunity to improve not only analytical and technical skills, but also verbal and written communication skills.
The position allows for up to about 990 hours of employment per VTA fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The position would pay a salary set by VTA based on the individual’s qualifications, but does not include any other benefits. The successful applicant must have a valid California driver’s license.
In order to be considered for this employment, please provide the following:
- A resume not exceeding two pages in length; and
- A one-page maximum essay responding to the following question:
Please describe what you feel are the most challenging transportation issues facing the Bay Area and Santa Clara County (include reasoning for your answer).
Please submit these two items to Casey Emoto at the following address by 5:00 pm on May 17.
Development and Congestion Management Division
3331 North First Street, Building B
San Jose, CA 95134