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San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Student Intern Program, Summer 2024 – 5380 Engineering Intern (Level 1)

Recruitment: RTF0141960-01155831

Published: November 09, 2023

Accepting applications until: January 15, 2024


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Department: Municipal Transportation Agency
Job class: 5380-Student Design Trainee I, Arch., Engr., & Planning
Salary range: $73,632.00 - $73,632.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) connects San Franciscans with their communities to enhance the economy, environment and, ultimately, the quality of life in the city. As an agency within the City and County of San Francisco, the SFMTA is responsible for managing the city’s transportation network. The agency has more than 6,000 employees who are responsible for the management of all ground and some underground transportation in the city. The SFMTA has oversight over public transit, as well as bicycling, paratransit, parking and curb management, street operations, walking, and taxis.

Please visit the “About Us” section of our website at to learn more about the department’s core values, Racial Equity Initiative, leadership team, history, budget and more.

Role description

The internship is open to students who will be returning to school in Fall 2024. Students enrolled in second-to-last or last semester and will soon graduate are also encouraged to apply.  Applicants must be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Traffic Engineering or Transportation Engineering.  The 5380 classification is open to undergraduate students with no prior engineering internship experience.

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  • Filing Deadline:  January 15, 2024
  • Invitations to interview will be sent tentatively between February 14-23, 2024
  • Interviews will be conducted tentatively between February 26-March 8, 2024
  • Selected candidates will be notified tentatively between March 18-29, 2024

The internship program offers weekly seminars and field trips for interns to learn about various parts of the Agency. Attendance is mandatory at these events. Interns will also participate in Pecha Kucha presentations at the end of the summer.

This role is exempt from the San Francisco Civil Service Rules and employment is at the discretion of the appointing officer.  The internship follows a 40-hour workweek, generally between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday to Friday. Work outside these hours may be required for fieldwork, outreach events, etc. Interns may be eligible for a flexible work schedule, subject to supervisor and division approval. Interns may work up to 1,040 hours in a fiscal year.

Work Schedule
We work in a hybrid and traditional environment, and you may be expected to work onsite in the office up to 5 days per week. In-office workdays are determined by the nature of the work and scheduled by your supervisor.

Intern positions are available in the following Divisions and Sections:

Streets Division:

Engineering interns within the Streets Division are responsible for developing design alternatives for transportation projects; performing field visits; preparing traffic control device work orders; drafting in AutoCAD; preparing striping drawings for official records; estimating project costs for traffic striping, signage, signal, and civil work scope; analyzing signal timing; reviewing construction work zones and site plans; supporting public outreach; and preparing legislation. Responsibilities will vary depending on the team.

Engineering teams within the Streets Division include:

  • Traffic Routing
  • Operations
  • Livable Streets
  • Transit Engineering
  • Street Use, Development, and Signals (SUDS)

Transit Division:

Engineering interns within the Transit Division are responsible for supporting the evaluation of the E-bus pilot program, participates in design review, project planning and engineering maintenance support for electrical distribution utility or be a part of the team that supports the Cable Car systems, storage tank systems, elevator/escalator systems and a variety of other transportation infrastructure. The specific responsibilities will vary depending on the team assigned.

Engineering teams within the Transit Division include:

  • Program Delivery and Support – Fleet Engineering
  • Maintenance of Way – Mechanical Systems Program
  • Maintenance of Way – Traction Power Group
  • Maintenance of Way – Maintenance Engineering

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: At the time of submitting application, you must be enrolled in an accredited university or a community college pursuing a degree in one of the following fields:  Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Traffic Engineering or Transportation Engineering. 

  • You must be returning to your associate, undergraduate or graduate program or entering/continuing a graduate program in the Fall 2024
  • Students enrolled in second-to-last or last semester and will soon graduate are also encouraged to apply.

Experience: No previous experience is necessary. However, previous internship experience may be used to determine the possible level of classification into which you are hired.

Desired Qualifications

The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify candidates advancing to the interview process and/or to identify job finalist(s) at the end of the selection process when referred for hiring.

  • Interest in public service and understanding of impact of work on the diverse community in San Francisco.
  • Applied knowledge of Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, AutoCAD, SolidWorks, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software
  • Ability to convey messages effectively.
  • Ability to work collaboratively such as participation in club, team sport, or organization.

What else should I know?

Important Information for Applying – Please read carefully:

Use the ‘Easy Apply’ feature at the top of the application page to pre-fill the page. This will also automatically attach your resume to the application.

You must attach the following:

  1. Proof of your community college, undergraduate or graduate school education (Master’s or PhD program). This can be official or unofficial transcript, diploma, class schedule, or other document that shows your current enrollment or student status with your school.
    Submission date for college transcripts may be extended if it is impossible to obtain by January 15, 2024. Applicants must submit a signed statement explaining why transcripts cannot be obtained by the filing date. Extension requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility that all application materials and support documentation be received in a complete and legible form.
  2. Cover letter (PDF only, limited to 2 pages) briefly addressing your interest in Engineering, Transportation, Architecture, city government, community engagement, and career goals.  Also include any relevant information related to the desirable qualifications listed on this job ad.

Applications without these attachments will be considered incomplete and may not move on in the hiring process. If you have any questions or need assistance, you may  email

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.

Depending on the number of applicants, SFMTA may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates. If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of SFMTA will be invited to participate in the oral/performance interview.

Your resume and cover letter will be used for scoring in selection processes and/or interviews.

Applicants will be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. More information can be found at: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

What else should I know?

Staying Connected
Applicants will be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that the email address on the application is accurate and accessible. Also, applicants must ensure that our emails are not blocked by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept mail from and

After successfully submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. You should retain this confirmation email for your records. Failure to receive this email means that your application was not submitted or received.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.