Jobs and Internships


An exciting opportunity to join the Transportation & Planning Program at City Heights Community Development Corporation is now available. City Heights CDC is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization in City Heights community of San Diego with a mission to enhance the quality of life in City Heights by working with our community to create and sustain quality affordable housing and livable neighborhoods and foster economic self-sufficiency.
The Transportation & Planning Program (formerly the Active Transportation Program) works to facilitate community-shaped policy/systems/environmental change to achieve livable, active, and healthy neighborhoods in City Heights. In doing so, the Transportation & Planning Program interfaces with agencies and residents, while connecting residents to planning and decision-making opportunities related to active transportation, transit, open space, land use, and parks. The Transportation & Planning Program works to shape plans and advocates to have plans implemented.
City Heights CDC is seeking a Transportation & Planning Program Intern who will be responsible for assisting the Senior Program Manager and Program Coordinator in performing tasks related to the activities of the Transportation & Planning Program, including meeting grant deliverables related to researching the impacts that displacement and gentrification have on the Residential Transit Orientation Index of City of San Diego Transit Priority Area communities.

More information can be found at:

Job Opening with the Port of San Diego:

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation and research agency. The goal of our Internship Program at SANDAG is to provide current college students or recent graduates with a “hands on” learning experience that will help them gain experience in their chosen career path. Our interns are paid $13.50 per hour and work approximately 20-25 hours per week around their class schedule. With that being said, we would appreciate you sharing or forwarding this  Active Transportation and Rail Planning Interns opportunity to your current or recent students on our behalf.

Details about this position can be found on the Careers page of our website.

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PA – Intern – Active Transportation and Rail Planning – Feb19

The Division of Transportation Planning at Caltrans District 11 has internship opportunities for students. The Multi-Modal Programs Branch will be hiring two student interns to help with the development of a District Active Transportation Plan. The interns will have the opportunity to learn how Caltrans builds projects, and also have the opportunity to gain work experience in a variety of tasks that include (but are not limited to) assisting to integrate bicycle and pedestrian improvements into transportation projects, analyze data, analyze transportation policy, evaluate traffic data, and evaluate data supplied by consultants.

Interested applicants may read additional information about this opportunity and also submit applications here:

All applications must be submitted by March 31st, 2019.

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Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Internship at University of Northern Iowa

Are you interested in hands-on Hyperspectral Imaging experience and learning how to work with interdisciplinary teams? Here is an opportunity.

The Geography Department ( at the University of Northern Iowa once again host a NSF-funded REU program to introduce young scientists to a highly interdisciplinary research environment with fundamental and applied research in hyperspectral imaging. Hyperspectral imagine is widely used in various disciplines such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Forestry, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geographic Information Science (GISc), and more. If you are interested, application and more information is available online at The program flyer in PDF version is attached. Students don’t need to be a geography major or have remote sensing background to be qualified. A successful candidate should have U.S.-citizen or permanent-residentstatus and have at least one semester of undergraduate studies remaining after the initial summer program (graduating seniors in May 2019 and graduate students are not eligible to apply). The application deadline is March 22, 2019.

Summer Stipend: $4,000 for eight weeks (May 20-July 12, 2019). In addition, the program will cover the cost of transportation to and from the REU site, housing, a meal plan, lab supplies, and up to $750 for follow up activities.

Contact: Dr. Bingqing Liang (, or Dr. Andrey Petrov (

Students for International Development (SID) is seeking passionate and committed individuals who want an intensive field-based introduction to international development to lead our initiatives in education and health in Kenya and Peru during the summer of 2019. SID is a volunteer-run nonprofit based in Canada that organizes intensive global internships that include a comprehensive training program in community project management for university students and young professionals.

Interested? Check out our website for position descriptions and application information: To find out more about the experience, download our Applicant Info Package.

The application deadline is March 8, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m. We admit candidates to our team on a rolling basis, so early applications are at an advantage. Late applicants may be considered if positions are still available. For more information, please contact Alex Girard at

County of Los Angeles to open GIS exams for all GIS Series Positions (Feb, 2019)

We are pleased to announce that the County of Los Angeles is opening Geographic Information Systems (GIS) position exams for the recruitment of talented staff to fill current vacancies and future GIS positions within the County in support of our GIS recruitment and retention efforts.

All nine GIS items will be posted in the coming days. While the specific date has not been confirmed, we anticipate this will be in mid-February 2019.

Now is the time to prepare to file for these upcoming opportunities. Applicants from the qualified lists will provide the pool for open positions. These exams do not come around often – so this is your best (and perhaps only) opportunity for the next year or so.

Once posted, positions will be open for a very limited time (3-5 days for most). This will be your only opportunity to apply in the current cycle.

If you are interested in applying to any of these positions, sign up to receive information as soon as it becomes available:

Positions which will be listed for filing:

  • GIS Manager II
  • GIS Manager I
  • GIS Specialist
  • Principal GIS Analyst
  • Senior GIS Analyst
  • GIS Analyst
  • Supervising GIS Technician (open to current County employees only)
  • GIS Technician II
  • GIS Technician I

We encourage candidates to apply for all positions for which they are qualified and interested (filings for multiple positions are welcome).

Serving Seniors – Community Outreach Case Manager

Job Title: Community Outreach Case Manager
Reports To: VP of Clinical Services
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Department: Clinical
The Community Outreach Case Manager reports to the VP of Clinical Services and works independently, as well as collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team. In order to ensure excellent service provision to Mandarin-speaking older adults 60 and over, this candidate will demonstrate a commitment to the values, vision and mission of Serving Seniors and will need fluency in English and Mandarin in order to meet the needs of our Mandarin-speaking clients.


Below is the full application

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Planning Intern for City of Lemon Grove

City of Lemon Grove
Invites Applications for:
$15.00 per hour

THE POSITION: Under supervision, a Planning Intern provides general administrative support to the Planning and Zoning Division of the Development Services Department while gaining knowledge of current and advance planning, code enforcement, and other functions in a municipal planning agency. There is currently one (1) vacancy in the Development Services Department.
Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: learning the City’s development application review process and learning to review applications for completeness; performing preliminary review of and/or assisting with processing minor planning permits; serving as first point of public contact for the Planning and Zoning Division; preparing maps using GIS, preparing graphics, and assisting Planning staff with assembling documentation for projects and presentations and public noticing; participating in a variety of special projects as assigned; conducting surveys, gathering data, and performing research; preparing general correspondence and reports as well as statistical reports; performing general clerical duties, including filing, typing, copying, verifying information, and data input; assisting in public outreach events; and performing other duties as assigned.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in land-use, urban or regional planning urban design, landscape architecture, issued within the past one (1) year or a current college or university student in their junior or senior year; and a valid Class C California driver’s license. No prior work experience in the planning field is required.
The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of principles and practices of urban planning, and researching techniques in the field of urban planning.
Physical Conditions: Incumbents are required to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; occasionally stop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight.
Work Environment: Incumbents are required to work in a standard office environment with extensive public contact and frequent interruptions.
CLOSING DATE/APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A City application must be filed/submitted to the Human Resources Department at 3232 Main Street, Lemon Grove, CA 91945 by 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 4, 2019. Postmarks are not accepted. Candidates are requested to provide thorough yet concise information on their experience and education, which relates to the position.
City applications will be evaluated and candidates meeting the minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in the selection process, which may consist of a written examination and/or oral interviews to be held in the City of Lemon Grove. A City application is available on the City’s Website:
Note: Prospective employees will undergo and must successfully pass, a background reference check (including fingerprinting). All new employees must verify identity and entitlement to work in the United States by providing documentation required by the Immigration & Control Act of 1986. Candidates who require a reasonable accommodation in the selection process are required to submit their request in writing specifying their need(s) with their application materials.
If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Roberto Hidalgo, Human Resources Manager at or at 619-825-3848.
The City of Lemon Grove is an EEO/AA/ADA employer. The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract and any provision may be modified or revoked without notice.

GIS Summer Intern Program

What is the GICSI/USGS Cooperative Summer Field Training Program?

The GISCI/USGS collaboration seeks to bring students trained in GIS to USGS for internship opportunities. It is additive to our longstanding NAGT program. Now in its fifth decade, the National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)/U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Cooperative Summer Field Training Program is the longest continuously running internship program in the earth sciences. Over the past fifty-one years, more than 2,400 students have participated in this program with an impressive number of these individuals becoming full-time employees of the USGS.

With active participation and support from the highest levels of both the NAGT and USGS, and now GISCI, a joint committee oversees the program. The program “year” begins in September with GISCI looking through their database of students with GIS training, and identifying well-qualified nominees. Nominated students apply by sending a resume, letter of interest, and transcripts to the USGS YES Office. At the same time, USGS scientists interested in working with an intern send information about proposed field and laboratory related scientific projects to the YES Office. Candidates are then matched by their coursework, skills, and interests with up to five projects. The listing of candidates and accompanying academic information are sent to USGS scientists for review, interviews, selection or possible further discussion. As interdisciplinary system science is a cornerstone of USGS science, all science disciplines are encouraged and do take advantage of this program. Students hired through this program have continually received outstanding reviews from our managers.

Over the years, NAGT has succeeded in identifying top-flight students for the program, and the USGS has succeeded in garnering the interest of competent and enthusiastic supervising mentors. The Cooperative Summer Field Training Programs provides a first-rate professional experience to students early in their careers. These wonderful partnerships influence the career paths of future scientists in positive and exciting ways.


We are delighted to circulate the application for the 2019 Blum Summer Field Internship, our annual interdisciplinary undergraduate internship program in the UCSD Community Stations.  The 6-week internship will run July 8-August 16, 2019.  Successful applicants will each receive a stipend of $2,500.  For more information about the Blum Summer Field Internship, please see:
With generous support from the Andrew W, Mellon Foundation, we are expanding the internship, and will be increasing academic-year opportunities during 2019-20 for undergraduate research and independent study in the UCSD Community Stations.
Please circulate this call to your students and listservs!
Applications are due January 24, and decisions will be announced February 1, 2019.
Completed applications should be sent as a PDF to Khushbu Gokalgandhi at:
Once again, students in the following 13 majors, programs and concentrations are eligible to apply (although other uniquely qualified students are occasionally considered):

1.    Global TIES (JSOE)

2.    The Global Health major / minor

3.    The Human Rights minor

4.    The Sixth College practicum

5.    The Public Service minor (in Thurgood Marshall College)

6.    Partners at Learning (in Education Studies)

7.    The Urban Studies and Planning Program

8.    Earth Sciences (in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

9.    Environmental Systems (in the Division of Physical Sciences)

10.  B.S. in Public Health (in the UCSD School of Medicine)

11. Structural Engineering (JSOE)

12. Intersectional Health Project San Diego (IHPSD)
13. Public Culture (PATH program participants, and any undergraduate in an Arts & Humanities major interested in the intersection of arts / culture / humanities and public life.)
Please direct student questions to Khushbu Gokalgandhi at

International Institute and Human Rights Program Fellowship

The International Institute and Human Rights Program are pleased to announce the annual competition for student fellowships in partnership with organizations working for human rights. Fellowship is available to students from several UC Campuses. Registered students at UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, Hastings College of Law, UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, and UC Irvine are eligible, with priority given to graduate and returning students. Prior recipients of Human Rights Center fellowships are not eligible. The amount of the fellowship stipend will be $5,000.

These awards will enable students to carry out clearly defined fieldwork, domestically or internationally, with organizations working on human rights issues related to a student’s area of interest. Applicants must plan to spend at least 6-8 weeks full time or its equivalent part-time working with a partner organization to qualify for the fellowship.

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide students with an opportunity to contribute to the organizations’ work while also gaining practical experience that may influence the students’ areas of research, academic focus, or career trajectory. Partnerships with both governmental and non-governmental organizations are acceptable, so long as the affiliation enables the proposed human rights work. Multi-disciplinary approaches to human rights fieldwork are welcomed.

More information can be found in the attached application and FAQ

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Student Assistant – Transportation Planning (San Diego)

Caltrans is looking to hire a Student Assistant to work under the supervision of the Senior Transportation Planner. The Student Assistant will assist in the performance of the technical duties required by the departmental assignment. The Student Assistant will work with the Multi-Modal Programs Branch and has the opportunity to gain work experience in a variety of tasks that include (but are not limited to) assisting to integrate multi-modal alternatives into transportation projects, analyze data, analyze transportation policy, evaluate traffic data, and evaluate data supplied by consultants.

Apply by: January 30, 2019


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City of Poway Planning Intern

Job Title: Planning Intern (volunteer)

Job Location: City of Poway City Hall, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway

Employer Website:

Job Description:

Purpose of Position:

Position offers volunteer interns an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the day-to-day operations of the Planning Division at the City of Poway. In addition, volunteer interns will assist with special projects related to, but not limited to, conducting research on land use regulations, preparing for public meetings and working collaboratively with multiple divisions within the Development Services Department.

Functions of Agency/Department:

The Development Services Planning Division works cooperatively with residents in assisting with the public and private property permit process. The Planning Division includes advance planning and current planning.

Advance planning is responsible for conducting environmental reviews of both private and public projects in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and for maintaining policy/regulatory documents, such as the City  Specific Plans and the General Plan including the Housing Element and Safety Elements which the internship may have a focus on. Current advance planning projects include Municipal Code updates including Zoning Ordinance updates.

Current planning is primarily responsible for day-to-day operations of the front counter and reviewing planning aspects of proposed development and land use projects within the City. Current planning projects offer interns the opportunity to assist with special projects related to public counter assistance, zoning and building plan checks, processing discretionary applications and research of land use and building codes for code enforcement.

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Volunteer interns will assist with projects related to their majors/areas of interest. Projects are developed in collaboration with an assigned mentor/supervisor or directly with management. Examples of potential projects include: Conducting analysis related to a current procedure/policy and recommending improvements; participating in case study research; preparing brochures or other materials to improve public information/customer service; conducting research for subject-matter expert staff and assisting with public outreach events to increase awareness of services and projects.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

The most essential qualifications for this volunteer internship are a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new procedures and information in order to provide better service to customers. Basic computer skills are essential, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Knowledge and experience with GIS is preferred.

Educational Requirements:

Position is best suited for undergraduate- or graduate-level college students or recent graduates with backgrounds or interests in City, Urban or Regional Planning; Land Use Management; Architecture; Public Administration; Political Science; Environmental Science; Geography or related fields.

Time Commitment:

Position requires 10 – 40 hours per week for 4 – 6 months. Hours must be scheduled and agreed upon with the supervisor. Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for this internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although this is an unpaid volunteer position that does not lead to paid employment or include employee benefits, volunteer interns will gain valuable skills and knowledge by participating in a variety of projects. They will gain experience in their fields of interest and enhance their personal and professional development.

Additional Information:

Prior to placement, applicants may be asked to submit contact information for reference checks. A background screening that requires fingerprinting will be conducted.

How to Apply:

Please email a resume, cover letter, and a writing and/or design sample to David De Vries, City Planner, City of Poway, Questions may be addressed to Mr. De Vries at 858.668.4604. The first round of reviews will be conducted on December 26, 2018 or sooner.

Link or email to apply:

Apply by date: 12/26/2018

Norwood Development Strategies Internship

San Diego is in great need of housing, and in response to that need, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has engaged Norwood Development Strategies (NDS) to create a procedures manual (“Manual”) for the joint development of MTS’s real estate assets.  The primary purpose of MTS is to fulfill the functional needs of transit operations, however, real estate owned by MTS can also be developed to enhance the financial stability of MTS operations, promote increased transit utilization, and achieve other community development objectives.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to participate in the creation of a best practices model, become directly exposed to the public/private partnership of the real estate development process and assist San Diego in becoming best in class as a model for promoting quality transit oriented-development to create revenue while also contributing to environmentally sustainable livable communities that are focused on transit accessibility.

This paid internship for students would involve work on a comprehensive project that involves San Diego real estate, transit and the public/private process on a regional scale.  This project may also be of value to those interested in urban planning and land use, finance, economics, government, architecture, and policy and will include interaction with leaders in the private and public sectors, as well as create connections that may help with future career choices.

Those interested in this internship should contact

Deborah Norwood Ruane

Norwood Development Strategies


Please share this opportunity with your peers, students, colleagues, and social media networks!

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington is a diverse, committed, and creative community from around the country that aims to change the face, practice and future of conservation.
What we do:  We support emerging conservation scholars in developing innovative perspectives and skills by providing opportunities to strengthen connections between nature conservation, identities, and environmental justice.
Who we’re looking for: We are looking for 20 undergraduates who reflect cross-cultural perspectives with an emphasis on students from underrepresented groups in the conservation field.

The details:

  • Multi-year program, 8-weeks per summer (mid-June through mid-August)
  • Location: Washington State
  • Paid travel, lodging, and food
  • Additional stipend: $4,000/summer, total $8,000
  • Application opens: November 13, 2018


More about the program:

  • Year One:  Scholars engage in field excursions facilitated by diverse conservation professionals and gain experience with interdisciplinary conservation practices while exploring the intersections of nature conservation, identities, and environmental justice.  Learn more here:
  • Year Two: Scholars engage in internships with a government agency, community, or non-governmental organization that is positioned within the conservation field  or that works at the intersections of nature conservation, identities, and environmental justice. Learn more here.

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Are you community minded or a social entrepreneur?  Passionate about making a positive impact in peoples’ lives?  Would you like to have an internship that matters and pays? The California Coalition for Rural Housing is recruiting for  its 22nd Annual Internship Program for Diversity in Rural Nonprofit Housing and Community Development in California, Oregon and Washington State.  Position available in San Diego, CA.The new 2019-2020 Program year begins in June 2019 (full-time summer) and ends in May 2020 (part-time academic year).  Selected interns are placed at nonprofit housing developers building and rehabilitating housing complexes for low-income and vulnerable populations in need of  habitable affordable housing.This is a very unique and dynamic internship program for students interested in learning about what it takes to build and preserve affordable housing and strong communities in underserved, diverse, rural and emerging areas by using technical, qualitative and business skills in working for social change. We highly encourage minority undergraduate students who come from low-income, rural, American Indian Reservations/Rancherias, and/or immigrant backgrounds with a strong commitment to improve the quality of life of low-income communities to apply.  This opportunity is open to all majors.  Hourly pay is $14-$16 depending on location.
Application deadline is January 11, 2019.Please visit our website to learn more about this opportunity that can open the doors to a rewarding and fulfilling career by building affordable housing and contributing to community development: former intern testimonials below.For more information, please contact:Gisela Salgado
Internship Program
California Coalition for Rural Housing
PO BOX 1375, La Mesa, CA 91944
(619) 741-0633 (O & F)<>

For more information and to view the full application, please click the following link:

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