Borders Planning Intern
San Diego Association of Governments - San Diego, CA

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Overview of our Borders Planning Program

The Borders Planning and Coordination Division addresses planning issues from three perspectives: the binational perspective with relation to our international border with the Republic of Mexico; the interregional perspective regarding issues with our Orange, Riverside, and Imperial County neighbors; and collaboration with tribal governments within San Diego County. Current collaborative efforts are focused on jobs/housing accessibility, transportation, energy and water supply, environment, economic development, and homeland security.

Intern Responsibilities

With the guidance and mentoring of senior staff, this position will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in transboundary regional planning. Examples of intern responsibilities include:

Contribute as a team member to various research projects and planning studies; participate in meetings and liaise with project partners; assist with coordinating activities.

Assist with providing staff support to formal committee meetings; record and summarize minutes and actions for distribution to committees, working groups, and the public; assist with specific follow-up requests that arise from meetings.

Contribute to the preparation of various types of reports, summaries, correspondence, and presentations.

Assist with English/Spanish translation of documents, letters, and other materials as required.

Respond to requests for project information from the public or other interested parties.


SANDAG employees are known for their commitment to excellence and passion for the work they do. We look for the same qualities in interns. To be most successful in this position, our ideal candidate would have the following education, experience, and attributes:

Graduate level coursework in urban planning, public policy, or a related field with a specific focus on transboundary planning.

Knowledge of current issues and trends related to interregional and binational planning and coordination.

Ability to independently complete complex assignments that involve researching, analyzing, and synthesizing information into written summaries, reports, or recommendations.

Advanced computer skills with MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and Internet research.

Ability to communicate with various audiences using exceptional interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills; proficiency with the Spanish language is highly desirable.

Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to multitask and work on several projects simultaneously.

Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level planning position.

Program, Pay, and Perks

This internship is offered as a one-year position, working approximately 20 hours per week. The work is performed during SANDAG’s normal business hours; a specific schedule would be worked out between the intern and manager.

Interns are paid a starting rate of $13.50 per hour and are provided with several perks such as pro-rated holiday pay, a regional transit pass, TDM incentives, and an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

How to Apply

We encourage all interested candidates to apply for this internship by sending us a completed Employment Application form along with a recent 2-to-3 page writing sample. A cover letter describing how this internship would contribute to your career goals in the planning field is highly desirable.

The Employment Application form can be downloaded from the Careers section of the SANDAG Web site. Once completed, your application and writing sample can be e-mailed to or sent to SANDAG, Attn: Human Resources, 401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101.

Apply immediately. We are accepting applications on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. The first review of applications will begin on Friday, January 18, 2013. The internship is expected to start in February 2013.

Any questions regarding this internship or application procedures can be referred to Cristen Powell, Human Resources Analyst, at or (619) 595-5379.

SANDAG is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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