Regional Models Intern
San Diego Association of Governments 3 reviews - San Diego, CA

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Overview of our Regional Models Section

As regional issues become more complex, the demands and expectations of our modeling program have also increased. To meet these challenges, SANDAG has committed the resources necessary to develop a more robust, agile, and integrated modeling infrastructure. This effort includes deploying the economic land use simulation model PECAS and migrating to an activity-based transportation model. The resulting tools will provide more accurate answers to the cause-effect debate that is often central to land use and transportation policy decisions. More information on SANDAG modeling programs can be found at .

Intern Responsibilities

With the guidance and mentoring of senior staff, this position will provide a “hands-on” learning experience in the land use and transportation modeling profession. Examples of intern responsibilities include:

Participate in the development of a next-generation spatial economic forecasting model to support regional land use and transportation planning.

Assist in the development of distributed computing platform to solve “big data” issues associated with processing models efficiently and quickly.

Assist in acquiring, transforming, and integrating socioeconomic data used for land use and transportation models.

Assist with developing SQL queries, stored procedures, and other database related tasks.

Other related work as assigned.


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:

An educational background that includes coursework in software engineering, algorithms, data structures, and database development.

Ability to creatively apply technology to solve data processing and business process problems.

Ability to independently complete complex assignments that involve analyzing user requirements, designing, and implementing a solution.

Knowledge of modern enterprise relational database products, such as Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle is desirable.

Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

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

Demonstrated flexibility and willingness to perform a variety of tasks typical of an entry-level research assistant 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 or work sample. A cover letter describing how this internship would contribute to your career development is highly desirable.

The 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 internship is expected to start in January 2013.

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

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is comprised of 18 city and county governments which serve as a forum for regional...