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Regional Planning Intern

Salary Range:

Close Date: Open Until Filled

* This is not a regular SANDAG position. The selected candidate will be hired as a Temporary, Intern, Part-Time, or Seasonal (TIPS) employee. Benefits are not included.

Application Instructions:
Details about the SANDAG Employment Application, 2-3 page writing sample, and cover letter required for this position can be found below.

Overview of our Long-Range Transportation Planning Program

SANDAG and its partners have embarked on updating San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. The Plan will build upon local planning efforts and incorporate emerging issues and innovative concepts to form an overall vision for the region’s future. The Plan also will continue to develop specific actions aimed at turning that vision into reality by 2050. The intern will have an opportunity to support aspects of the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan.

Intern Responsibilities

With the guidance and mentoring of senior staff, this position will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in the regional planning profession. Examples of intern responsibilities include:

  • Contribute as a team member to various research projects and planning studies related to development of the Regional Plan; participate in meetings and liaise with project partners; assist with coordinating activities.
  • Assist project managers with the following Regional Plan elements: performance measures, public outreach, transportation network alternatives, and assist with policy issue areas.
  • Contribute to the preparation of various reports, summaries, correspondence, and presentations; assist with editing documents, letters, and other materials.
  • Assist with data analysis, including statistical calculations; participate in estimating and forecasting potential trends and network performance measures.
  • Collect and compile information required for meeting agendas, committee reports, and presentations; assist with drafting these types of documents.
  • Assist with providing staff support to committee meetings; record and summarize minutes and actions for distribution to committees, working groups, and the public; assist with specific follow-up requests that arise from meetings.


SANDAG staff are known for their commitment to excellence and passion for the work they do. We look for the same qualities in interns. To be most successful in this position, our ideal candidate would have the following education, experience, and attributes:

  • Graduate level coursework in urban or regional planning, public policy, business or public administration, or a related field (preferred, but not required).
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends related to regional planning and smart growth initiatives.
  • Ability to conduct complex research and collect data for regional planning-related projects; ability to compile and synthesize information into written summaries and reports.
  • Proficient computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Internet research.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; proficiency with the Spanish language is desirable.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level planning position.

Hours, Pay, and Perks

Interns are paid $13.50 per hour, are eligible to receive pro-rated holiday pay, paid sick leave, and a regional transit pass. This internship is offered as a one-year position, working approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. The work is primarily performed during normal business hours and, from time to time, may involve evenings and weekends; a specific schedule will be worked out between the intern and manager.

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this internship by sending us a completed employment application form along with a recent 2-to 3-page writing sample. A cover letter describing how this internship would contribute to your career goals in the planning field as well as a resume is highly desirable.

The application form can be downloaded from the Careers section of the SANDAG website. Once completed, your application and writing sample can be emailed to or sent to SANDAG, Attn: Human Resources, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

Apply immediately. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. The internship is expected to start in October 2017.

The selected candidate can anticipate a driving record check upon hire, and approximately annually thereafter. The results of the check may determine whether the selected candidate will be permitted to drive for SANDAG business.

Any questions regarding this internship or application procedures can be referred to Cristen Powell, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 595-5379.

Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer