Ramsey County All-Abilities Transportation Network Internship Program

This new summer internship program will give five undergraduate and graduate students from a variety of degree programs the opportunity to gain experience in a local government setting. Ramsey County is seeking talented students to bring their unique perspectives, experience, 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 calendar year.

The 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 we strive 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, Regional Railroad, and Parks and Recreation departments. Interns from a variety of levels and degree programs will work within one of these three 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 projects could include:

  • Collecting, compiling, and analyzing data
  • Writing reports, developing plans, and creating presentations
  • Research, field observations, and participation in conferences or events

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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: civil engineering, transportation planning and/or policy, urban planning/design, landscape architecture, or construction management

Additional preferred qualifications:

  • Interest in developing and implementing programs and policies that seek to eliminate racial, cultural, or economic disparities within the community
  • Previous volunteer or work experience in government, nonprofits, or similar fields
  • Proven communication and writing skills

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.

How to Apply

The application deadline for 2018 internships has passed.

More Information

Please contact Chelsea Arbury, arbur001@umn.edu or 612-626-2862, with questions or for more information.