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Systems Engineering Intern

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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 Systems Engineering Program

Mid-Coast Trolley Extension. Enhancements to existing Trolley lines. Deploying regional traveler information systems. Traffic signal prioritization. Transportation system control and communications networks. These are a few examples of the priority projects our Systems Engineering group are working on. As a member of this team, the intern will gain exposure to the industry-leading work SANDAG is doing in these areas.

Intern Responsibilities

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

  • Assist with the update of the Light Rail Transit Standard Plan in rail-related electrical, signaling, and communications systems.
  • Contribute to the preparation of various types of reports, project summaries, correspondence, and presentations.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of a document control and management system.
  • Provide technical support for the conceptual design of intelligent transportation systems.
  • Participate in the detailed design of rail-related electrical, signaling, and communication systems.
  • Participate in field investigations and meetings with various agencies.
  • Assist with project management and project oversight activities.


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:

  • An educational background in electrical engineering, computer systems engineering, communications engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field.
  • Ability to complete assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.
  • Advanced computer skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; proficiency in Access or other relational database technology is desirable.
  • Experience with AutoCAD or Microstation is desirable.
  • Knowledge of electrical, railway signaling, and communication systems is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate with various audiences using exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • 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 research 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 position is offered as one-year opportunity, working approximately 20 to 25 hours per week. The work is primarily performed during SANDAG’s 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 engineering field as well as a resume is 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/November 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 Tala Piñones, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 699-7385.
Applicants requiring an accommodation due to a disability should state their needs in writing when submitting an application

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.