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Internship Opportunities at Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)

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  • Dayana Salazar
    Please distribute this announcement regarding immediate and upcoming internship opportunities at the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) to your
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 16, 2003
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      Please distribute this announcement regarding immediate and upcoming
      internship opportunities at the Transportation and Land Use Coalition
      (TALC)
      to your current/incoming students, recent alumni, and faculty. 
      Descriptions
      of the internships are included as text within this e-mail and in the
      attached documents (Microsoft Word).  TALC is located in the San
      Francisco
      Bay Area, but some of the positions don't require the intern to be
      based
      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
      510.740.3150 voice
      510.740.3131 fax
      jeremy@...
      www.transcoalition.org
      414 13th Street, 5th floor
      Oakland, CA 94612

      -----------PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY----------

      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
      transportation
      planning, community development, and public health.  Some of the
      internships
      currently available at TALC offer stipends and/or the potential for
      academic
      credit; and all of the internships offer the opportunity to gain
      valuable
      hands-on experience in public policy research, community outreach, and
      non-profit advocacy work.  TALC is based in the Bay Area, but some of
      the
      internships do not require you to be.  Each position is described below
      (and
      in the attached files) along with the appropriate contact person.

      About the Coalition:  The Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
      is a
      partnership of more than 90 Bay Area organizations working to maintain
      the
      region's quality of life, achieve greater social equity, and protect
      our
      natural environment.  TALC is the region's leading organization uniting
      diverse constituencies to work for sustainable, equitable
      transportation,
      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
      already
      led to substantial shifts in regional funding and planning priorities. 
      For
      further information about TALC and our current campaigns, please visit
      our
      website at http://www.transcoalition.org/about.html.

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      1) Innovative Programs Intern - Instant Advocate Toolkit CD-ROM

      In January 2000, TALC published the 120-page World Class Transit for
      the Bay
      Area to significant media and community response.  This report
      identified
      $12 billion in transportation projects that would keep the Bay Area
      moving
      while enhancing the quality-of life of local communities.  This report
      served as the basis for TALC members' advocacy efforts in the past two
      years
      and, as a result, several of the recommended projects have now been
      funded.
      Over the coming months, TALC will finalize the development of an
      updated
      transportation blueprint for the Bay Area, entitled Transportation for
      a
      Livable Region, which will identify environmental, social, and
      quality-of-life goals for the region and map out a strategy for
      achieving
      these goals.

      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
      Toolkit
      will be designed in a user-friendly format that allows community
      members to
      search for appropriate solutions to problems that are impacting their
      neighborhoods.  The Toolkit will also outline the steps community
      members
      must take in order to successfully implement these solutions in their
      own
      communities.

      The Innovative Programs Intern will take the lead in researching
      successful
      programs, policies, and projects to include in the Toolkit.  This
      research
      will include information on how each program works, how it was
      implemented,
      how much it cost, and what impact it is having.  The Intern will then
      write
      a succinct summary of each program with supporting documentation (e.g.,
      model ordinances, press releases, etc.) for inclusion in the Toolkit. 
      This
      internship is ideal for someone with strong research and writing skills
      who
      is able to work independently and has experience (or simply a strong
      interest) in exploring digital alternatives to standard research
      reports in
      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
      with
      you to make your internship a rewarding experience by: 1) Coordinating
      with
      your school to arrange for academic credit, 2) Providing you with a
      copy of
      the Toolkit CD-ROM to show to potential employers, 3) Offering
      guidance,
      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,
      510-740-3150,
      jeremy@...

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      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
      access to
      health care.  Transportation barriers, and the associated negative
      health
      outcomes, are especially significant for some of the most
      disenfranchised
      sectors of society - people of color, youth, elderly, disabled, and the
      poor.

      TALC is now embarking on a remarkable 3-year model program that makes
      the
      health and transportation connection.  This project, Transportation
      Equity
      and Community Health (TEACH), will follow-up on the findings in our
      recent
      report Roadblocks to Health by building partnerships between health,
      transportation, and community groups and by increasing the
      participation of
      the community in transportation decisions to ensure that investments
      promote
      access and better health for low-income residents in Contra Costa
      County.
      As the TEACH project gets on its feet, a tremendous amount of outreach
      will
      be required to gain a comprehensive picture of the specific
      transportation
      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
      participating in
      community meetings to assess transportation barriers and needs,
      creating and
      distributing outreach materials, and following up with participants as
      necessary.  This internship is ideal for someone with a strong interest
      in
      community outreach and the relationship between equity, community
      needs, and
      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,
      sita@...

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      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
      the
      most energetic advocate feeling deflated.  At the same time,
      transportation
      agencies are under mandates to improve their public participation
      processes,
      but they don't know how to reach community groups.

      To respond to these problems, TALC is developing a guide on how to
      influence
      transportation decision-making in the Bay Area: Roadmap to Bay Area
      Transportation Decisions.  The intended audience is leaders in
      low-income
      communities.  To supplement a concise, easy-to-read printed guide, the
      Roadmap project will include a companion website to highlight
      additional
      information, links to transportation agencies and other helpful
      resources,
      and a tie-in to TALC's Instant Advocate Toolkit (currently being
      designed as
      part of a separate project) that allows users to easily find
      appropriate
      programs to solve specific transportation and land use problems
      affecting
      their communities.  The Roadmap will also include an extensive database
      of
      groups and leaders who are interested in transportation decisions and
      who
      represent low-income communities.  The guide and associated materials
      will
      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
      procedures and
      schedules for website updates; designing and implementing the database
      of
      community groups; and establishing procedures and programming scripts
      for
      securely sharing the database.  The database will need to be compatible
      with
      TALC's existing contacts database, which uses Filemaker Pro.  This
      internship is ideal for someone with strong technical skills and an
      interest
      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,
      jeff@...


      Dayana Salazar, Interim Chair
      Urban and Regional Planning Department
      San Jose State University
      (408) 924-5854
      salmar@...

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