This summer internship program, offered in partnership by CTS and Ramsey County, gives undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of degree programs the opportunity to gain experience in a local government setting.
As part of the program, students get the opportunity to bring their unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas to projects that plan, develop, and maintain the county’s All-Abilities Transportation Network. The internship program offers students three months of experience during the summer, with the potential to extend through the end of the following academic year.
Ramsey County’s All-Abilities Transportation Network, approved in 2016, aims to advance the county’s vision of "a vibrant community in which all are valued and thrive" with a commitment to creating and maintaining a transportation system that provides equitable access for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexual preference, health, education, abilities, and economics.
The transportation network Ramsey County strives to achieve accommodates all users, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit, motorized vehicles, and freight based on factors affecting corridors such as current travel use, land use, community input, and parking needs. Related projects originate in the county’s Economic Growth and Community Investment (EGCI) service team, which includes the Public Works, Community and Economic Development and Parks and Recreation departments. Interns will work within one or more of these departments and form a cohort; they will also interact with EGCI staff as well as interns participating in other county programs.
Work duties will be part of delivery of a specific project or program within the EGCI service team department(s). Examples of work tasks include:
- Collecting, compiling, and analyzing data
- Writing reports, developing plans, and giving presentations
- Research, field observations, and participation in conferences or events
- Strategizing and conducting public engagement
Interns will work on high-priority Ramsey County projects and initiatives, such as:
- Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit project
- Riverview Modern Streetcar project
- Roadway projects
- Riversedge development
- Active Living Ramsey Communities
Minimum qualifications for the internship program include:
- At least two years of academic coursework.
- Interest in local government and public service.
- Enrollment at the undergrad or graduate level in one of the following degree programs or a related degree program: urban planning, urban design, urban studies, civil engineering, transportation planning and/or policy, geography, public policy, public administration, landscape architecture, environmental studies, recreation administration or construction management.
Additional preferred qualifications:
- Interest in developing and implementing programs and policies that seek to eliminate racial, cultural, and economic disparities within the community.
- Previous volunteer or work experience in government, nonprofits, or similar fields.
- Proven communication and writing skills.
- Familiarity with GIS programs (ArcGIS).
Candidates are required to meet minimum qualifications to be considered for the internship, but this does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Candidates will be assessed based on a combination of the listed qualifications as well as other relevant factors.
Internships paid $17.29 per hour in 2019. Rates for 2020 will be updated when they become available.
How to Apply
Application information for next summer's internships will be available in January 2020.
Please contact Frank Alarcon, email@example.com or 651-266-2795, with questions or for more information.