Planning Internships

Compensation: $14.00 per hour

General Description/Information

Qualifying education and experience must be clearly

documented in the “Education” and “Work Experience”
sections of the application. Do not substitute a resume for your application or

write “see attached resume” on your application.

The Valley Metro Planning Internship is designed to provide an introduction to
various aspects of transportation planning, design, GIS, and capital
development at a public transportation agency. Each internship will be up to 12
months in length and begin July 1, 2021. Multiple positions may be filled, each
of which may have a focus taken from among those listed below. The position
will perform pre entry-level professional work as outlined below:

Capital Planning and Development: providing support for long-range
transit planning activities, transit oriented development efforts and assisting
in research and preparing planning documents.

Service Planning: providing support for short-range transit planning
activities, demographic and service data collection and analysis, investigating
and responding to citizen suggestions and complaints and assisting in research
and preparing planning documents.

These internships are part-time temporary (Commitment to work up to 19.5 hours
per week during the school year) for up to 12 months. Some positions may be
limited to the summer months only. Schedules are flexible to accommodate
full-time course load. Additional hours up to 40 hours per week may be
available during the summer months).



The statements listed below describe the general nature
and level of work only. They are not an exhaustive list of all required
responsibilities, duties, and skills. Other duties may be added, or this
description amended at any time.

Assists in studies or research associated with public transportation planning
and development activities;

Assists in preparation of short-term special studies;

Provides technical assistance with bus, rail and paratransit service,
sustainability, accessibility and/or capital planning and development;

Investigates citizen suggestions and comments;

Performs public transportation-related research, including site visits/field

Assists in preparation of maps, graphics and other materials for meetings,
reports, etc.;

Performs peer city research on various public transportation issues;

Assists in collecting, collating and disseminating data;

Participates in public meetings on public transportation programs and related

Meets with stakeholders in future rail corridor project areas;

Works with Valley Metro, city staffs and consultants on public transportation
planning and development issues;

Coordinates activities with other internal divisions;

Independently works on assigned task and projects;

Performs other duties of similar nature and level as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills:

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices related to: Transit or transportation planning,
sustainability, environmental planning, general planning, transit oriented
development, or GIS.

Report preparation methods.

Customer service principles.

Skill in:

Conducting studies and research.

Statistical analysis.

Preparing a variety of business correspondence and reports.

Providing customer service.

Using a computer and related software applications, especially software related
to the area of interest.

Analyzing, evaluating, and identifying complex planning, design, construction
and/or communication issues.

Coordinating activities between multiple departments.

Communicating in order to interact with coworkers, supervisor, partner agency
staff and the general public at a level sufficient to exchange or convey
information and to receive work direction.

Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, etc.)

Knowledge of GIS and/or script/macros programming preferred for some areas of


Physical Demands:

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, standing, walking,
grasping, talking, hearing and seeing. Valley Metro complies with ADA / EEOC
requirements with respect to reasonable accommodation for people with

Work Environment:

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a
negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull
or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves
sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required
only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.



Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Graduate Degree
program in Urban Planning, Geography, GIS, Environmental Planning, Public
Administration, Sustainability or a related field. Students currently enrolled
in a Graduate Degree program preferred.

Background Investigation:

Employment is contingent upon the results of a background check.

Licenses and Certifications:

Some positions may require

—Valid Driver’s License


Cover Letter

Resume - Include all experience in your resume related to this position.
Include dates of employment and hours worked per week, in addition to the
duties of the position. Include a list of all relevant extracurricular
activities including community services/volunteer, professional organizations,
school activities and honors.

References - Name, email address and telephone number of one graduate advisor
or instructor.

Copy of Transcript - Undergraduate and graduate transcript to date (unofficial
transcripts will be accepted). Priority will be given to Applicants with GPAs
of 3.0 or better.

Additional Information