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Clean Transportation Communications and Outreach Intern – SF Environement (San Francisco, CA)

Program Background:

The mission of the City and County of San Francisco Department of the Environment (SF Environment) is to promote innovative policies and programs to protect the urban and natural environment, promote social equity and expand the green economy. SF Environment programs include Zero Waste/Recycling, Climate, Green Building, Energy Efficiency and Renewables, Toxics Reduction, Environmental Justice, Urban Agriculture, Clean Transportation, Urban Forest, and Public Information Programs. The Clean Transportation Program works to improve air quality in San Francisco, primarily by reducing vehicle emissions, and working with businesses and other local and regional agencies to promote trip reduction. For more information on SF Environment and the Clean Transportation Program, visit SFEnvironment.org/commutesmart.

How you will make a difference:

This internship will focus on improving the Clean Transportation team’s outreach and communication channels for all program areas: sustainable commuting programs, clean vehicles and alternative fuels. The audiences are businesses and commuters in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

As an intern, you will be helping to develop content for the Clean Transportation web pages, and implementing design updates. Activities include brainstorming with the team on needs and challenges of the current content and layout, creating page layout drafts and implementing changes. Other activities include assisting with campaign outreach targeted at SF commuters and municipal employees and creating commuter videos.

Your professional development:

  • Gain experience working in the department of one of the world’s most progressive and environmentally conscious cities
  • Improve outreach and presentation skills
  • Become more comfortable with database systems and creating analytical reports
  • Learn and network from a knowledgeable, experienced, and environmentally conscious workplace

Position Description:

  • Edit and develop new content for CommuteSmart program web pages; work with CommuteSmart Program Associate to develop a Website Work Plan for internet communications
  • Assist with content development for CommuteTalk summer newsletters for businesses and City and County of San Francisco employees
  • Initiate the development of a commuter video, “Why CommuteSmart?” for business and CCSF audiences; conduct interviews with commuters, businesses, etc.
  • Develop an approved images library for CommuteSmart web and materials use; take photos related to sustainable transportation use or edit existing images
  • Assist in managing the CommuteSmart hotline
  • Provide communications and outreach support as needed to various program areas, including the SchoolPool program and campaigns

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled college/university junior, senior or graduate student majoring in urban planning, environmental studies or communications at an accredited college or university. Recent graduates of these programs are also encouraged to apply
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with the ability to communicate and work well with others in a professional office environment
  • Detail-oriented and flexible, able to handle multiple priorities and deadlines
  • Proficiency with MS Office applications (including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook, etc.), Google Docs, Constant Contact, WordPress or blog style web pages, graphic design platforms
  • Photography & videography capabilities a plus
  • Ability to assist with evening and weekend events

Appointment Type:

This is a three to six month unpaid internship. Participation in this program does not guarantee continued service with the City nor any future employment with SF Environment or the City and County of San Francisco.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must be a currently enrolled college/university junior, senior or graduate student majoring in urban planning, environmental studies or communications at an accredited college or university. Recent graduates of these programs are also encouraged to apply.

  • Submit a cover letter (1 page max.) stating:
    • Your interest in working on the San Francisco business and commuter transportation programs
    • Experience relevant to this position
    • Examples of initiative and/or a fresh approach to an existing system
  • Resume

Send the above documents and information to:

TO: CommuteSmart@sfgov.org

RE: Communications and Outreach Internship



All applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying experience, education, training, license, etc. at any point in the application, examination or departmental selection process. A copy of a diploma or transcripts must be submitted to verify the education requirement when requested. Verification of experience, when requested, must be on the employer’s letterhead and must show the name of the applicant, job title(s), duties, dates of service, and must be signed by the employer. City employment may be verified by submitting a performance evaluation in lieu of other verification.

Failure to provide the required verification when requested may result in rejection of application and/or removal from eligibility for referral and appointment in this class. Verification may be waived if impossible to obtain. The applicant must submit a signed statement explaining why verification cannot be obtained. Waiver requests will not automatically be granted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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