Paid Internship - City of Menlo Park - Planning
- CITY OF MENLO PARK, PLANNING INTERN
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, PLANNING DIVISION
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
phone: (650) 330-6702
fax: (650) 327-1653
The City of Menlo Park is located on “The Peninsula,” between San
Francisco and Oakland on the north and San Jose on the south. The City
enjoys easy access from both US-101 and Interstate 280, as well as a
direct connection to the “East Bay” via the Dumbarton Bridge. The City
borders the communities of Atherton, Redwood City, Woodside, East Palo
Alto, and Palo Alto, as well as unincorporated San Mateo County lands.
The City is home to approximately 32,500 residents and 28,500 jobs.
The City’s residential neighborhoods are complemented by a number of
active commercial areas, most notably the El Camino Real and Sand Hill
Road corridors, the central downtown district along Santa Cruz Avenue,
and the M-2 industrial district near Bayfront Expressway and US-101.
SALARY: $12-$20/hour, depending on qualifications
FILING DATE: by 5:00 p.m. on June 13, 2013
The Planning Division of the Menlo Park Community Development
Department is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate or graduate
student for a planning intern position for the summer of 2013
(approximately 30 hrs./wk). Start and end dates are flexible and can
be designed around the academic summer schedule. The position would be
for approximately three months, with the possibility of an extension
during the academic year depending on performance, the Planning
Division’s work load, and available funding.
Local government planning plays a meaningful role in creating
communities that enriches lives. The intern position provides hands-on
experience in the public sector and an opportunity to work in a small,
team-oriented environment. The position will focus on various aspects
of long-range planning, with a focus on data collection and analysis
using GIS (Geographic Information Systems). There will also be
opportunities for involvement with the development review process,
including plan review for single-family residential projects,
assistance at the public information counter, and the ability to
interact with other city departments integral to the planning
profession. The position can be beneficial in preparing for a career
in local government or other planning agency. The position reports to
the Senior Planner and would provide support to Planning staff on a
variety of activities. The position may include, but is not limited to
the following activities:
Advanced Planning and Research: Gathers, organizes, summarizes and
interprets data on community demographics and properties needed to
support planning activities. Conducts field surveys, makes
calculations, takes measurements, and produces maps, charts and other
graphics necessary for effective evaluation of planning policies.
GIS: Assists in development and implementation of Geographic
Information Systems (ArcMap) components for land-based analysis.
Current Records: Updates planning records and maps to assure
accurate and up-to-date information. Establishes records of new
information gained from surveys and special studies, which may require
work-related database maintenance and report generation. Researches
records to obtain information needed for studies and/or responding to
Current Planning: Assists with review of applications for
conformance with various city ordinances and policies, checks
development applications and sites, prepares visual aids as needed.
Performs site inspections of residential and commercial projects.
Graphics: Assist with the design and development of graphics to
incorporate into handouts, presentations, and other planning
Performs other duties as assigned.
Education and Experience: Prospective candidates will be pursuing a
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in urban planning, urban and regional
studies, geography or related field from an accredited college or
university, and have an interest in public sector employment.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities: Ideal candidate will be able
to collect and analyze data; perform independently when clear
direction is provided; work in a team environment; have good oral,
written and interpersonal skills; and be able to clearly document
procedures, summarize findings, and write reports and correspondence.
Proficiency with Microsoft Word is required. Knowledge of ArcMap and
related ESRI products, database management, SketchUp and Adobe
Illustrator/Photoshop, and/or web page design is highly desired.
Individuals wishing to be considered must submit a resume and a cover
letter explaining their interest in the position to:
Deanna Chow, Senior Planner
City of Menlo Park
Community Development Department OR Via e-mail to: dmchow@...
701 Laurel Street
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Questions about the position and/or hiring process should be directed
to Deanna Chow at (650) 330-6733 or dmchow@....
Applicants selected as finalists will be interviewed. Finalists will
be asked to submit a City of Menlo Park job application and a copy of
a valid driver’s license, which must be submitted prior to
consideration for hire. All employees must provide evidence that they
are legally authorized to work in the U.S. without immigration
sponsorship by the City of Menlo Park. The City of Menlo Park is an
Equal Opportunity Employer.