Internship Opportunities at Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
- Please distribute this announcement regarding immediate and upcoming
internship opportunities at the Transportation and Land Use Coalition
to your current/incoming students, recent alumni, and faculty.
of the internships are included as text within this e-mail and in the
attached documents (Microsoft Word). TALC is located in the San
Bay Area, but some of the positions don't require the intern to be
here. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions and thanks in
advance for your assistance.
Jeremy Nelson, Innovative Programs Coordinator
Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
Working together for a sustainable and socially just Bay Area
414 13th Street, 5th floor
Oakland, CA 94612
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Internship Opportunities at TALC
The Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) is pleased to announce
three exciting internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate
students working in the fields of urban policy, land use and
planning, community development, and public health. Some of the
currently available at TALC offer stipends and/or the potential for
credit; and all of the internships offer the opportunity to gain
hands-on experience in public policy research, community outreach, and
non-profit advocacy work. TALC is based in the Bay Area, but some of
internships do not require you to be. Each position is described below
in the attached files) along with the appropriate contact person.
About the Coalition: The Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
partnership of more than 90 Bay Area organizations working to maintain
region's quality of life, achieve greater social equity, and protect
natural environment. TALC is the region's leading organization uniting
diverse constituencies to work for sustainable, equitable
and smart growth. TALC develops high-quality analysis, educational
materials and reports, carries out strategic media campaigns, and leads
extensive grass-roots advocacy efforts. Our history of success has
led to substantial shifts in regional funding and planning priorities.
further information about TALC and our current campaigns, please visit
website at http://www.transcoalition.org/about.html.
1) Innovative Programs Intern - Instant Advocate Toolkit CD-ROM
In January 2000, TALC published the 120-page World Class Transit for
Area to significant media and community response. This report
$12 billion in transportation projects that would keep the Bay Area
while enhancing the quality-of life of local communities. This report
served as the basis for TALC members' advocacy efforts in the past two
and, as a result, several of the recommended projects have now been
Over the coming months, TALC will finalize the development of an
transportation blueprint for the Bay Area, entitled Transportation for
Livable Region, which will identify environmental, social, and
quality-of-life goals for the region and map out a strategy for
One critical element of Transportation for a Livable Region will be the
Instant Advocate Toolkit. The Toolkit will be an interactive CD-ROM
highlighting innovative transportation and land use programs. The
will be designed in a user-friendly format that allows community
search for appropriate solutions to problems that are impacting their
neighborhoods. The Toolkit will also outline the steps community
must take in order to successfully implement these solutions in their
The Innovative Programs Intern will take the lead in researching
programs, policies, and projects to include in the Toolkit. This
will include information on how each program works, how it was
how much it cost, and what impact it is having. The Intern will then
a succinct summary of each program with supporting documentation (e.g.,
model ordinances, press releases, etc.) for inclusion in the Toolkit.
internship is ideal for someone with strong research and writing skills
is able to work independently and has experience (or simply a strong
interest) in exploring digital alternatives to standard research
order to facilitate community advocacy.
* Hours: Flexible, approximately 5-10 hours per week for 12 weeks.
* Compensation: Currently no stipend is available, but we will work
you to make your internship a rewarding experience by: 1) Coordinating
your school to arrange for academic credit, 2) Providing you with a
the Toolkit CD-ROM to show to potential employers, 3) Offering
feedback, and access to TALC's resources/contacts to assist you, and 4)
Serving as a reference for you in your future endeavors.
* Start: Immediately, with work through November 2003.
* Contact: Jeremy Nelson, Innovative Programs Coordinator,
2) Outreach Intern - Transportation Equity and Community Health (TEACH)
Lack of adequate transportation is increasingly mentioned by community
groups and confirmed in the literature as a key factor restricting
health care. Transportation barriers, and the associated negative
outcomes, are especially significant for some of the most
sectors of society - people of color, youth, elderly, disabled, and the
TALC is now embarking on a remarkable 3-year model program that makes
health and transportation connection. This project, Transportation
and Community Health (TEACH), will follow-up on the findings in our
report Roadblocks to Health by building partnerships between health,
transportation, and community groups and by increasing the
the community in transportation decisions to ensure that investments
access and better health for low-income residents in Contra Costa
As the TEACH project gets on its feet, a tremendous amount of outreach
be required to gain a comprehensive picture of the specific
barriers that these residents face in accessing healthcare.
The TEACH Outreach Intern will assist in making direct connections with
community groups and healthcare providers, coordinating and
community meetings to assess transportation barriers and needs,
distributing outreach materials, and following up with participants as
necessary. This internship is ideal for someone with a strong interest
community outreach and the relationship between equity, community
transportation planning. Requires strong interpersonal skills,
organizational skills, compassion and creativity!
* Hours: Flexible, approximately 15 hrs/week.
* Compensation: Potential for class credit and/or stipend.
* Start: August/September 2003 through December 2003.
* Contact: Sita Chokkalingam, Outreach Coordinator, 510-740-3150,
3) Web/Database Design Intern - Transportation Advocacy Handbook
Community members want to get involved in transportation decisions, but
navigating the byzantine world of transportation policy can leave even
most energetic advocate feeling deflated. At the same time,
agencies are under mandates to improve their public participation
but they don't know how to reach community groups.
To respond to these problems, TALC is developing a guide on how to
transportation decision-making in the Bay Area: Roadmap to Bay Area
Transportation Decisions. The intended audience is leaders in
communities. To supplement a concise, easy-to-read printed guide, the
Roadmap project will include a companion website to highlight
information, links to transportation agencies and other helpful
and a tie-in to TALC's Instant Advocate Toolkit (currently being
part of a separate project) that allows users to easily find
programs to solve specific transportation and land use problems
their communities. The Roadmap will also include an extensive database
groups and leaders who are interested in transportation decisions and
represent low-income communities. The guide and associated materials
be distributed to thousands of community leaders throughout the region.
The Transportation Advocacy Handbook Web/Database Design Intern will be
responsible for: designing and implementing the website companion;
researching resources to include in the website; establishing
schedules for website updates; designing and implementing the database
community groups; and establishing procedures and programming scripts
securely sharing the database. The database will need to be compatible
TALC's existing contacts database, which uses Filemaker Pro. This
internship is ideal for someone with strong technical skills and an
in communicating complex policy details to a wide audience.
* Hours: Flexible.
* Compensation: Commensurate with experience.
* Start: September 2003 through December 2003.
* Contact: Jeff Hobson, Policy Director, 510-740-3150,
Dayana Salazar, Interim Chair
Urban and Regional Planning Department
San Jose State University