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Student Intern Program, Summer 2024 - Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Construction Management, Project Management, and Land Surveying – Public Works (5380) (5381) (5382)

Recruitment: RTF0138394-01154987

Published: January 10, 2024


Arlena Winn -
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Department: Public Works
Job class: 5382-Student Design Trainee III, Arch, Engr, & Planning
Pay range: $39.2375/hr - $39.2375/hr
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Intern


***This posting is amended to reflect an update to the Minimum Qualifications.

Specific information regarding this recruitment process is listed below.

Application Opening:  Thursday, November 9, 2023
Application Deadline: This is a continuous recruitment. 
*Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately as this recruitment may close at any time, but no earlier than Monday, January 15, 2024 
Salary Range: The compensation range is $34.11 - $38.37 per hour, depending on the assigned classification.
Recruitment ID:

Appointment Type: This is a Temporary Exempt (TEX) appointment, as-needed not to exceed six (6) months or 1,040 hours. This position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

San Francisco Public Works (Public Works) has a far-reaching portfolio with a $453 million annual operating budget, an active capital portfolio that exceeds $3 billion and a workforce of 1,700-plus employees. The department operates around the clock, touching every neighborhood in San Francisco. The staff designs and manages the construction of civic buildings and streets; cleans and greens the right of way; maintains civic buildings; manages multi-million-dollar bond programs; trains people for jobs; keeps the right of way free of hazards; paves the roads; repairs bridges and public stairways; expands accessibility; and works at the forefront addressing some of San Francisco’s biggest challenges. With a mission to enhance the quality of life in San Francisco for residents, visitors and business owners, Public Works is committed to providing outstanding public service through an equity lens.

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.

Public Works currently has vacancies for the position of student intern (5380, 5381, 5382) within our Engineering and Architecture divisions. 

Selected candidates will be placed into one of the designated Trainee classifications -- Student Design Trainee I (Job code 5380), Student Design Trainee II (Job code 5381), Student Design Trainee III (Job code 5382).

Please visit Jobs + Internships at Public Works to learn more about the Public Works Summer Internship Program.  

Role description

Interns will gain on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, and surveyors while participating in various activities in the assigned discipline.

College students in Associate, Undergraduate and Graduate Degree programs studying the following are encouraged to apply:

  • Engineering (Architectural, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, Geotechnical, Mechanical, Structural, Transportation and Water Resources Engineering)
  • Architecture   
  • Construction Management    
  • Project Management
  • Land Surveying 
  • Landscape Architecture           

Intern positions are available in the following Bureaus and Sections:

The Bureau of Engineering has five design sections.  Interns in the following sections will support engineers in providing a full range of professional services, including program and master planning, engineering analysis and studies, conceptual and detailed design for construction, replacement, and improvements of right-of-way infrastructure projects (roadways, water distribution and wastewater collection system, emergency fire protection system, traffic signals and streetlighting, bridges, retaining walls, tunnels); upgrade and renovation of public buildings (hospitals, schools, laboratories, libraries, recreation centers, City administration buildings and offices, and police and fire stations), public facilities (pump stations, water and wastewater treatment facilities and open space projects).

  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Streets & Highways

The Bureau of Architecture is organized around studios that specialize in project types such as healthcare, interiors, transportation, utilities, recreation, parks, libraries, emergency response, homeless shelters, and performing arts. Interns will support our office’s full range of professional services, including programming, master planning, site planning, conceptual design, detailed design, contract documents, and construction administration.

Check out our portfolio San Francisco Public Works Building Design and Construction Portfolio (

The Bureau of Landscape Architecture is responsible for providing planning and design services to agencies and departments responsible for the development of the City’s rights of way, parks, playgrounds, plazas, green infrastructure, and open spaces. Interns will assist with production drawings, 3D modeling, renderings, community presentations, and construction administration for a wide variety of public open space projects.

The Bureau of Project Controls and Services - provides specialized services, such as materials testing, contract preparation, site remediation, and contract management with a focus on buildings, infrastructure, institutional, and transportation projects. 

The Bureau of Construction Management is responsible for ensuring improvements are made in compliance with the contract and permit requirements, and applicable codes and regulations.  Our projects include, construction, replacement, and improvements of right-of-way infrastructure projects (roadways, water distribution and wastewater collection system, emergency fire protection system, traffic signals and streetlighting, bridges, retaining walls, tunnels); upgrade and renovation of public buildings (hospitals, schools, laboratories, libraries, recreation centers, City administration buildings and offices, and police and fire stations), public facilities (pump stations, water and wastewater treatment facilities and open space projects).  Interns will assist Engineers and inspectors who manage, administer, and inspect these construction contracts.

The Bureau of Project Management manages the capital projects mentioned above which include the planning, design, construction, and project closeout phases.

The Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (BSM) manages the public right of way throughout the City.  This includes both the street and sidewalks, some alleyways, and some public staircases. BSM is comprised of three sections.  Interns will support engineers in the review of permits, inspections, or subdivision mapping.

  • BSM Permits
  • BSM Inspection & Enforcements
  • BSM Subdivision & Mapping

Work Schedule:
We work in a hybrid and onsite 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 are scheduled by your supervisor. 

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications:

Education: At the time of submitting application, you must be enrolled in an accredited university or a community college.  

  • You must be returning to your associate, undergraduate or graduate program or entering/continuing a graduate program in Fall, 2024
  • Students enrolled in second-to-last or last semester and will soon graduate are also encouraged to apply.
  • You can still apply if you are in your second-to-last or last semester, as you may still be selected for the program within six months of graduation.

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

Applicants may 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:

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline. Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. 

Note: 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.

Selection Procedures:
After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following:

The selection process will include an evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements. Depending on the number of applicants, the department 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 the department will move forward in the recruitment process.

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through all of the steps in the selection procedure.

What else should I know?

Please read carefully:
You must attach the following:

  • 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.
  • Cover letter (one page PDF only) briefly addressing your interest in Engineering, Architecture, Construction Management, Project Management, Landscape Architecture or Land Surveying, and your career goals.
  • Architectural and Landscape Architecture students to submit school and/or work portfolio in PDF only, limited to 10 pages or attach a link to your portfolio.
  • Applications without these attachments will be considered incomplete and may not move forward in the hiring process.

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.

Next steps:
Invitations to interview will be sent tentatively between February 1-9, 2024.
Interviews will be conducted tentatively between February 12-March 1, 2024.
Selected candidates will be notified tentatively between March 4-22, 2024.

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

Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: At the City and County of San Francisco, we share a commitment to a diverse, inclusive and equitable community. Each member of our organization is responsible and accountable for what they say and do to make San Francisco an inclusive and equitable place to live and work by employing fair and just practices to and for all.

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please send an email to

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.