Job Posting: Sustainable Transportation Planning Intern, San Francisco

Sustainable Transportation Planning Intern

San Francisco, CA

Nelson\Nygaard is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated intern for its San Francisco office primarily to support the firm’s sustainable transportation planning practices. This is an outstanding opportunity for the right person to become involved in building Nelson\Nygaard’s practice, which is focused on transportation planning for livable communities. Nelson\Nygaard’s work emphasizes creative, innovative transit/transportation planning and community involvement, often within a wider set of goals such as economic development and reduced dependence on the private automobile. A strong interest and some background in developing the transportation aspects of livable communities is therefore a must.


Intern responsibilities will depend on specific needs of projects that are being undertaken but will likely include research, data collection, spreadsheet analysis, mapping, editing reports, support/field work, and possibly some business development tasks. Though most of the work will come from projects in the Bay Area and the West Coast, there may be opportunities for the candidate to contribute to projects across the United States. Candidates must be willing to travel occasionally for day or overnight trips.

Qualifications and Requirements

In preferential order, the ideal candidate would be someone who (1) holds a master’s degree in planning or equivalent degree with a specialization in transportation planning; (2) has completed his/her first year of a master of planning program and who is focusing on transportation planning; or (3) has a bachelor’s degree in a related field and is interested in gaining experience prior to entering a graduate program. Above all, we are looking for someone who has a passion for sustainable transportation planning, and is interested in making communities better for our clients and their constituents.

Potential candidates must demonstrate excellent skills in writing, data analysis, oral presentation, and problem solving. The candidate must be able to demonstrate basic proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint. Additional experience with GIS, graphics (InDesign, Illustrator, SketchUp), modeling (Synchro, TransCAD), web development, or database analysis will be considered favorably. Potential candidates may be asked to demonstrate their writing and oral presentation skills. Candidates should be available to start in February or March, 2015.

Salary and Benefits

Nelson\Nygaard offers a flexible, friendly work environment that encourages diversity and creativity. This paid internship provides an opportunity to join Nelson\Nygaard for 3-12 months. You will be assigned a “point person” to guide you through Nelson\Nygaard’s intern program and provide feedback along the way.

Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single PDF with the filename format “Firstname Lastname – San Francisco Transportation Planning Intern.pdf” and email to with the subject heading “San Francisco Transportation Planning Intern”.

No phone calls, please.

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