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  • Dayana Salazar
    2004 SUMMARY OF SUMMER COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS (Unpaid) The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is offering several unpaid college internships to students who
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2004
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      The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is offering several unpaid college internships to students who are pursuing their Bachelors or Masters degree and seeking to gain professional experience and training in the area of transportation planning, analysis, finance and marketing.  These full-time unpaid internship opportunities are scheduled to run from June to September 2004, but may be extended.  MTC will also consider an alternate time period or part-time assignment based on the student�s college schedule.  Selected students are strongly encouraged to work with their college administrators to obtain academic credit for this internship.  The following internships are currently available:


      1.      Funding Intern  (Programming & Allocations Section)


              Update MTC�s Statistical Summary of Bay Area Transit Operators.

              Assist with establishing monitoring framework and conducting site visits for the region�s Express Bus Program.

              Assist project manager with financial data in Access database.

              Project delivery and program monitoring.

              Assist Program Manager in developing 2003 transit element of Transportation Improvement Program (might also be expanded to include non-transit aspects of the TIP).

              Assist supervisor in special statistical analyses, as required.

              Update the region�s bus and van price list.



              Graduate or undergraduate student majoring in planning, public administration, public policy or transportation planning.

              Strong Excel skills.

              Strong computer skills (Word processing, spreadsheet applications and database skills).

              Ability to analyze and present financial information for a wide variety of audiences.



      2.      Regional Transit Information System Intern  (Traveler Coordination and Information Section)


              Assist in improving the quality of the transit service data used by MTC�s regional transit trip planning system.

              Work with MTC staff, consultants, regional transit providers and other transit interest groups to expand and update the existing inventory of popular landmarks, points of interest and destinations that are accessible by public transportation.

              Assist in updating a database and region-wide GIS data layer showing landmarks and popular destinations for use with MTC�s regional transit trip planning system. 

              Make recommendations for efficient and cost effective ways of maintaining the regional GIS landmark file.

              Work with MTC staff, consultants and transit agencies to update and edit the landmark data.



              Basic computer skills (MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

              Understanding of basic database structure and data management concepts

              Experience in creating spatial databases and using GIS software

              Strong communication skills, both written and oral

              Self-motivated worker

              Ability to take initiative once given basic instructions

              Academic background in information sciences, urban planning or geography

              Knowledge of Bay Area transit systems



      3.      Marketing and Communications Intern   (Traveler Coordination and Information Section)


      • Assist in the development of information and promotional material that will enhance transit connectivity information to be made available at various transit hubs throughout the Bay Area. 
      • Under direction of supervisor and manager, develop strategy for and support. negotiations with a partnership with UC Berkeley in order to promote the 511 Traveler Information Service and TransLink programs.
      • Assist in 511 Web site-related development and upkeep, working to market 511 and other MTC operational projects through 511.org.



      • Major in marketing, communications, political science, public administration, public policy or business administration. 
      • Dynamic communicator.
      • Strong writing skills.
      • Web-related experience preferred.



      4.      East Palo Alto Community Program Intern  (Planning Section)


      • Provide support for MTC�s Community-Based Transportation Program in East Palo Alto and/or other activities intended to improve transportation services for low-income communities. Examples of specific tasks include:


              Work with MTC and San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) staff to complete inventory of fixed-route and shuttle services providing services in East Palo Alto . Compile relevant operating statistics and performance data for each project (e.g. number of trips provided, hours of service, operating budget, cost per hour or trip, etc.).

              Summarize information in database (spreadsheet) format.

              Evaluate existing services� ability to maximize schedule coordination with main-line trunk services (e.g. SamTrans express bus service, Caltrain, BART). Work with the City of East Palo Alto and SamTrans to identify opportunities to improve service coordination among these programs, including but not limited to route and schedule coordination, marketing materials, location of transfer sites, etc.

              Assist in developing an on-board survey instrument for patrons of shuttle services in East Palo Alto . Participate in the administration of on-board surveys as needed, in close consultation with SamTrans staff and shuttle service providers.

              Develop ridership counts, a survey report, or other activities needed to quantify levels of service currently provided and potential improvements.

              Provide additional assistance as needed to support MTC�s community-based transportation planning program.



              Strong computer skills.

              Ability to conduct research and synthesize results.

              Ability to communicate well in writing and orally.

              Good organizational skills, knowledge of planning principles.

              Graduate level education in Planning, Transportation, Public Policy, Public Administration or related field.

              Related professional or volunteer work in the public sector.

              Interest in and ability to work with low-income communities.

              California Driver�s License (driving to and from survey and inventory sites may be required).





      Instructions          Applications may be downloaded from MTC�s web site, www.mtc.ca.gov. 

      To Applicants:      you may also contact MTC at Job Hotline, (510) 464-7818 or email jobhotline@....  The closing date for these positions is 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2004, although, the recruitment will remain open until the positions are filled.  Candidates interested in more than one position should make copies of the completed application form and write in the title of each position for which you are applying.  Applications not submitted on MTC forms will not be considered.  Materials and questions should be addressed to: College Internship Coordinator, Human Resources Office, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 101 Eighth Street , Oakland , CA 94607 . 


      Objectives:           The objective of the internship is to offer valuable work experience for Graduate and Undergraduate Students in Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, City and Regional Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Studies, or other related fields.


      Salary:                  Unpaid Internship


      Employment         Students who are presently authorized to work in the United States ,

      Eligibility:             including foreign students with practical training eligibility.  Internships are available to students enrolled at least halftime in an undergraduate or graduate-level curriculum.  Individuals who have already graduated may be considered up to six months following graduation.





      Interviews will be conducted by MTC staff who are acquainted with the requirements of the positions.  At the conclusion of the interviews, the interviewer(s) determines which candidates qualify.  The Internship Coordinator may offer the internship to the best-qualified candidate.





      The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is an affirmative action employer.  MTC provides all employees and applicants with an equal opportunity in every aspect of the employment experience regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical handicap, medical condition, or marital status.  This policy is implemented through an ongoing affirmative action program to ensure maximum opportunity to participate in the Commission�s program.


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