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Posted: 03/02/2016

City & County of San Francisco
San Francisco Planning Department

The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city. Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code. The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City’s General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City’s development goals. This is an opportunity to intern in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally. For more information about the San Francisco Planning Department, please visit www.sf-planning.org

City Planning Intern
Internship Opportunity
San Francisco, CA

The San Francisco Planning Department is currently looking for a number of bright and enthusiastic interns to work with staff on a variety of planning projects this summer (June 6 thru Aug. 26). This will be a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and desire introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, collect and analyze data, and prepare draft documents for planning work related to urban design, historic preservation, archeology, housing, and sustainable development.


The following internships are available:





1. Marketing the Citys ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) Program Intern              

The San Francisco Planning Department is interested in hosting an ADU expo in the City, where we can invite design firms and property owners to talk about their experience in creating ADUs. The selected intern would help design and organize events for the expo and conduct outreach to potential participants.  The intern would also help create a video to promote the ADU program including some footage from the ADUs under construction and built. The intern will assist with finding applicants interested in participating in the video. The intern would reach out to the applicants, create footage, write the script, and make the video. Finally, the intern would also conduct general tasks to promote the ADU program in the Department such as updating and creating hand-outs.  The ideal candidate should have skills in outreach, marketing, planning and some skills in filming for short videos.


2.  Tenderloin Community Development Study Intern

The San Francisco Planning Department, in partnership with the Mayors Office of Economic and Workforce Development (MOEWD), is working with community organizations and stakeholders to implement the recently developed Central Market/Tenderloin Strategy and to meet additional needs in the Tenderloin neighborhood. The selected intern will work with the Planning Departments Community Development team and MOEWD to conduct a survey of parcels and expand on a database of existing non-profits (and their efforts/communities served) in the Tenderloin neighborhood, identify potential gaps and unmet needs in the community, which will inform ongoing implementation of strategies as well as better inform the upcoming, community-initiated Tenderloin Action Plan effort.  Other responsibilities may include supporting transportation and housing-related efforts in the Tenderloin. The ideal candidate should be a college or graduate student; some planning, community development/engaging and/or mapping experience, strong communication skills (speaking and interviewing), and a passion for community-based planning.


3.  Black SF Needs Assessment Intern

A multitude of factors have driven the displacement of San Franciscos Black Population over the last two decades. The exodus of this population has quickened in the last decade in 2000 the population was 60,000 but by 2010 had dropped to 48,000 and has continued to decrease into the mid-2010s. The intern will support the development, administration and analysis of surveys to community organizations, small business owners, youth, residents of public housing and members of the faith community through in-person, online and other strategies to identify needs and opportunities to retain and improve existing conditions within Black SF.  The ideal candidate should have experience in research and community organizing and/or engagement; working knowledge of urban planning and local government; strong communication skills, and command of and enthusiasm for the subject matter. 


4.  Measuring Urban Sustainability & Performance Intern

The San Francisco Planning Departments Sustainable Development Group is pioneering new ways to integrate sustainability measurement and performance into traditional long range planning. To integrate the Citys various sustainability goals, targets and programs, the Department is developing a framework for advanced planning that incorporates a comprehensive set of social and ecological elements (e.g. health, equity, water/energy, zero waste, etc.) more fully into the planning process. As part of this effort, the selected intern will assist in identifying ways to track and measure these performance areas and communicate them to a broad constituency as well as developing creative ways to show the cross-cutting and/or overlapping relationships between them.  The ideal candidate should have sustainability planning background/experience; basic knowledge of GIS & MS Office skills and graphics software (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop); strong communication skills (speaking, writing, and interviewing).


5.  Market Street Prototyping Festival Intern

We are looking for an intern that is interested in tactical and temporary urbanism to help with the 2016 Market Street Prototyping festival.  The selected intern would assist with outreach events and design charrettes relating to Prototyping Festival community stakeholders, design teams and design captains; assemble, generate, and push social media for incubation, the festival, and related efforts, and manage incubation artists/curriculum updates; upgrade and format website elements to be ADA compliant (alt-tag, screen reader, etc.), assist management of the festival logistics (including permit materials assembly, liaison to production manager, event production and set up).  The ideal candidate should possess knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and basic graphic design and AutoCAD drafting skills; have interest in tactical and temporary urbanism, urban design, streetscape design and place making.  Knowledge of WordPress is desirable.


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How to apply
Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process using the following link: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=9910&R3=066750 •Follow instructions given on the screen. Computer kiosks are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco. Resumes may be attached to the application; however, resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed City and County of San Francisco application. Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement 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 (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com). 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. 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. If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at (415) 575-9143 or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org.
Michel Eng
Phone: 415-575-9143
1650 Missino Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

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