Unpaid internship - San Francisco - Chinatown Community Development Center - Planning intern (transportation)
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Chinatown Community Development Center - Planning Intern (Transportation)
Unpaid Internship Opportunity
Under the supervision of a Senior Planner, the Intern is responsible for
supporting department efforts to develop a
Transportation Master Plan for Chinatown. The hours for this position are
flexible with a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Interns are asked to make a commitment of at least three months. The
internship opportunity is unpaid.
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the second and largest Chinatown in the
United States. It is a cultural Mecca for visitors and
people of Asian descent from around the world. Since the mid-1900s,
immigrants have been drawn to Chinatown for its
strong community ties and local-serving businesses. As the densest
neighborhood in the City, Chinatown suffers from a
share of congestion issues. Pedestrian, cars, and transit uses regularly
compete for right-of-way on narrow streets and
sidewalks. Furthermore, Chinatown’s residential population consists of
primarily low-income, seniors, and monolingual
immigrants who are transit-dependent. A culturally sensitive approach is
necessary to planning effective streets.
CCDC seeks a highly motivated planning intern who will be responsible for
compiling a literature review, conducting
fieldwork, and analyzing primary data as the groundwork for a
Transportation Master Plan for Chinatown. The intern
will develop a list of priority areas and recommendations for improving
pedestrian safety, improving transit services, and
mitigating traffic congestion. Opportunities may arise to facilitate
community meetings and present research findings.
�h Able to take initiative, work independently, and follow instructions
with minimum supervision.
�h Able to prioritize work and manage multiple projects and meet rigorous
�h Be organized and have excellent time management skills.
�h Reliable, punctual, excellent attendance.
�h Strong attention to details and follow through.
�h Excellent verbal, written communication and interpersonal skills.
�h Excellent working knowledge of Word and Excel.
�h Able and willing to work well in a diverse environment.
�h Available to work 15 hours per week for a minimum of three months
starting mid-January 2010.
Advanced undergraduate or graduate student majoring in Urban
Studies/Planning or related subject
�h Familiarity with Chinatown neighborhood and/or demographics
�h Demonstrated passion and willingness to learn about the community
�h Familiarity with ArcGIS
�h Cantonese speaking skills
The Mission of the Chinatown Community Development Center is to build
community and enhance the quality of life for
San Francisco residents. Based in the Chinatown neighborhood, the
Chinatown CDC also serves other San Francisco
neighborhoods, including North Beach and the Tenderloin. We are a
community development organization with many
roles, serving as neighborhood advocates, organizers, planners, as
developers and managers of affordable housing.
Submit cover letter and resume to Deland Chan, Senior Planner, at dechan
[at] chinatowncdc [dot] org.
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