TransForm Silicon Valley Fall 2011 Community Engagement, Advocacy, and
Planning Internships (Volunteer)
TransForm is looking for two interns to assist TransForm’s Silicon
Valley Community Planner in a variety of projects and tasks including
public outreach and organizing, research, data analysis, and materials
production. Interns will have an opportunity to become engaged in
multiple projects and campaigns including:
· Rapid Transit Advocacy: Supporting community leaders in
advocating for world-class Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) design on El Camino
Real that incorporates the needs of all users, including cyclists and
· Regional Land Use and Transportation Planning: Involving
diverse stakeholders in key transportation and land use funding and
planning decisions as part of the Valley Transportation Plan and Plan
· Federal and State Transit Funding: Mobilizing individuals and
organizations in support of additional public transit funding from the
state and federal government.
TransForm is a non-profit organization that works to create
world-class public transportation and walkable communities by building
diverse coalitions, influencing policy, and developing innovative
programs. Our Silicon Valley office is located one block from San Jose
State University and is very accessible via public transit. To learn
more about TransForm, visit www.transformca.org.
Internship Description – This is a part-time (10-20 hr/wk) unpaid internship.
- Fall semester internships will start September 2011 and run
through December 2011.
- Internships are part-time, and hours are relatively flexible
(typically from Monday-Friday between 9-5pm). Total internship hours
vary depending on university department requirements.
- TransForm interns will have a chance to develop some of the
following skills: community engagement and organizing, public
speaking, research, data analysis, and writing.
- Strong communication skills (in particular, strong writing
skills) are required. Spanish proficiency is a plus. Experience in
research and quantitative analysis, urban design, community
organizing, and group facilitation are desirable.
- Interns will be supervised by TransForm’s Silicon Valley
Community Planner and may work out of TransForm’s downtown San Jose
office and remotely as needed.
TransForm interns will:
1. Conduct research and writing on various land use and
transportation planning and finance topics to provide information to
the public and decision-makers.
Produce educational materials to better explain land use and
transportation planning processes and key decision making
opportunities to the public;
3. Conduct one-on-one outreach, help organize meetings and
workshops, and utilize community organizing strategies to engage
diverse stakeholders in TransForm’s advocacy efforts.
To Apply: Submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest
and qualifications along with a writing sample to Chris Lepe at
. For questions, call 408-406-8074.
Open until September 30th, 2011
 BRT is a set of measures and strategies such as bus-only lanes,
traffic signal priority, and real-time bus arrival information that
can achieve many of the benefits of rail transit but at a fraction of
Hilary Nixon, Ph.D.
Associate Chair and Graduate Advisor
Department of Urban & Regional Planning
One Washington Square (WSQ 218A)
San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0185