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San Francisco International Airport (SFO) - Student Design Trainee Program (Summer Internship 2024) - 5380, 5381, 5382

Recruitment: REF35098U

Published: March 20, 2024

Accepting applications until: March 28, 2024


Eric Lew -
Liz Castillo -

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Department: San Francisco International Airport
Job class: 5380-Student Design Trainee I, Arch., Engr., & Planning
Salary range: $72,540.00 - $72,540.00
Role type: Temporary Exempt What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time


Application Opening:  Thursday, March 21, 2024
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 28, 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 International Airport (SFO), an enterprise department of the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF), has a workforce of approximately 1,700 CCSF employees and strives to be a diverse, equitable, and inclusive employer.

SFO’s vision, “Inspiring the Extraordinary,” is a testament to our resilience, renewed sense of purpose, and aspirations for the future.

Our mission, "Delivering an airport experience where people and our planet come first," focuses on people and planet because at the core of everything we do lies a deep commitment to the well-being of our guests, employees, tenants, and the communities we serve.  Likewise, environmental stewardship is our compass, guiding our everyday decisions across our operations and projects. 

Our core values are Safety and Security, Teamwork, Excellence, Care, and Equity. 

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).

Role description

SFO is hiring!  Are you a college student with a major in Engineering, Architecture, Planning, and Computer science/Information services?  We offer summer interns on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced professional engineers, architects, planners, and surveyors!  

SFO Internship Programs are available in the four (4) divisions below:

Design and Construction

SFO’s Design & Construction office is responsible for the long-term planning of the Airport, as well as the development, design & construction of all Airport infrastructure projects. This office oversees the architecture, engineering, and project management staff.

  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Construction Services
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Project Management Office
  • Utilities Engineers

Information Technology & Telecommunications

SFO’s Information Technology & Telecommunications (ITT) office provides world-class customer service and security in state-of-the-art facilities. SFO employs a range of modern technology solutions and platforms to support the delivery of the Airport’s business goals. The Information Technology and Telecommunications (ITT) Section, comprised of 100 staff and managers, oversees SFO’s information technology services. 

  • Development Operations (DevOps)
  • Information and Data Services
  • Infrastructure Engineering
  • Infrastructure Operations
  • Innovation, Architecture and Standards (IAS)
  • Programs and Projects
  • Technology Support
  • Training and Hiring-ITT  

Landside Operations

SFO’s Landside Operations oversees the Airport’s transportation planners, traffic engineering and ground transportation services to ensure passengers are moved efficiently on and off the Airport; encourages the use of alternative transportation modes by airport passengers, employees, and ground transportation providers; and disseminates accurate information on ground transportation programs and services to promote their use. 

  • Traffic Engineering

Resiliency and Sustainability

SFO’s Resiliency and Sustainability office looks to the future and focuses on efforts to ensure that SFO is well prepared to manage through the various impacts of the climate crisis, including sea level rise and energy reliability, and achieve our highly ambitious environmental goals.

  • Bureau of Planning and Environmental Affairs
  • Infrastructure Information Management
  • Sustainability & Resilience Office (SRO)

Explore our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for further infromation.

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 Spring, 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 for which you are hired.

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, and/ or class schedule that shows your current enrollment or student status with your school.
  • Cover letter (one page PDF only) briefly addressing your interest in Engineering, Architecture, Planning, and Computer science/Information services, and your career goals.
  • 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 March 28, 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.

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

Conviction History
Disaster Service Workers
Equal Employment Opportunity 
Information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation
Veteran's Preference
Seniority Credit in Promotional Exams
General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Copies of Application Documents
Right to Work
Diversity Statement
Position Based Testing Information
Benefits Overview


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit and begin the application process.

• Select the “I’m Interested” button and follow instructions on the screen

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date. Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter. To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and

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 regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Liz Castillo at or (650) 821-2090.

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.