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

How you will make a difference:
This internship will focus on campaign development, strategy and implementation for the City’s CommuteSmart programs. This division works directly with 60 City departments and their 27,000 employees to promote sustainable commute and work travel options.

Recently, CommuteSmart projects include a comprehensive survey of City employee commuting and at-work travel behaviors and coordination of departmental Transit First action plans.

As an intern, you will help develop targeted outreach campaigns. You’ll assist with the review of the Transit First plans and the analysis of the survey results. Other activities include drafting action plans, updating departmental database information, distributing materials, developing informational resources, stakeholder engagement and outreach.

Your professional development:

  • Gain experience working in the environment department of one of the world’s most progressive and environmentally conscious cities
  • Experience working with the breadth of city department from within city government
  • Improve outreach and presentation skills
  • Become more comfortable with strategic thinking, database systems, analytical reports and campaign development
  • Learn from and network with a knowledgeable, experienced, and environmentally conscious workplace

Position Description:

  • Review transportation survey responses and Transit First plans
  • Assist with the development and implementation of the 2013 Municipal campaign to encourage the use of sustainable transportation modes (walking, biking, transit, carpool) for commuting to work and traveling at work
  • Attend and participate in information gathering meetings with City departments
  • Conduct focused outreach such as email, phone call, tabling, presentations
  • Ongoing analysis and outreach assistance

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
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Excel, Access and database management
  • 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.) and Google Docs
  • 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 City and County of San Francisco on 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:


RE: Municipal Campaign 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.