MTA offers summer internship program

Available in Contra Costa County, program lets students earn while they learn

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is looking for summer interns seeking a career in transit.

The commission's summer high school internship program places students in local public works departments and transit agencies to help students understand the role of transportation agencies. The program also offers professional skill-building opportunities and enrichment activities and provides assistance to partner transportation agencies.

About 35 summer internships are available throughout the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area: Contra Costa, Alameda, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.

Online recruitment happens at the beginning of each year. The internship locations vary and an applicant may apply for multiple internship opportunities in the county he or she lives in.

Internship activities vary depending on the needs of partner agencies and the skill set and interests of the interns. Information about the program and a link to the internship positions are posted on the MTC's website.

Interns are paid a competitive hourly wage and work Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., up to 40 hours a week. Interns may work full-time or part-time for up to 10 weeks between June and August.

Applicants need some basic abilities, including math and computer skills, must be proficient in making verbal and written communications, -- writing experience such as for a school or club newspaper, website or personal blog will be a plus -- along with customer service skills, eagerness to learn something new and challenging, willingness to work in an office or in the field, familiarity with public transportation, and an ability to perform basic office tasks, such as typing and compiling information.

Those chosen as interns may get the chance to perform fieldwork, such as taking project photos, observing bicycle and pedestrian activity and collecting land-use data, creating reports orpresentations from field data, use software to construct maps and write articles for newsletters or websites and assist in the production of publications.

To qualify, applicants must live and go to school in the county she or he is is applying, have completed the 10th grade by the summer, and be at least 16 years of age by date of hire.


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