Ramsey County All-Abilities Transportation Network Internship Program

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 2020-2021 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, and community input. 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 & Recreation departments. Interns from a variety of levels and degree programs will work within these departments and form a cohort that meets one to two times per month for educational activities.

2020 Internships

There are 4-5 internship positions available for summer 2020. Student interns will perform designated duties as assigned in accordance with the student's educational program and the needs of the department to which the student is assigned; and to perform related duties as assigned. The location and a description of each position are included below.

Public Works, Multimodal Planning Division

The Multimodal Planning Division of the Public Works Department will hire one to two full-time summer postions located at 15 W Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN (accessible by METRO Green Line and all bus routes serving downtown Saint Paul). These interns will support planning and project management activities related to the Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit Project, the Riverview Modern Streetcar Project, and other transportation initiatives. Interns in the Multimodal Planning Division should have an interest in transit planning, multimodal transportation, and transit-supportive land use and a desire to learn about how agencies at different levels of government collaborate to deliver transit projects. Strong communication skills are desired and basic familiarity with GIS tools (e.g., ArcGIS) is a plus. Examples of work tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Developing public engagement and communication strategies.
  • Assisting with marketing and social media.
  • Engaging directly with residents at public engagement events.
  • Reviewing technical and communications materials.
  • Participating in coordination meetings with partner agencies (Metro Transit, MnDOT, cities).
  • Researching best practices and presenting research findings to internal staff and external partners.

Public Works, Program Delivery Division

The Program Delivery Division of the Public Works Department will hire one full-time summer position located at 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive, Arden Hills, MN (location not served by public transit). This intern will work closely in several areas of the division including traffic, project management, and eesign engineering. Applicants should have an interest in traffic engineering, GIS, data analysis, and pedestrian and bicycle safety planning. Examples of work tasks include analyzing and reporting on crash data, producing GIS maps, producing and reviewing traffic data, assisting in public engagement efforts, and working on project management tasks. Strong communication skills, ability to work independently, and familiarity with GIS tools (ArcGIS) is desired.

Parks & Recreation, Planning and Development Division

The Planning and Development Division in the Parks & Recreation Department will hire one 80% time summer intern (32 hours per week) located at 2015 Van Dyke Street, Maplewood, MN (accessible by Metro Transit bus routes 54M and 80). The intern will support planning, design, and construction activities related to redevelopment of park and trail facilities, natural resource projects, and other park planning initiatives. Applicants should have an interest in park and trail master planning, park facility design, natural resource activities, and a desire to learn about how Parks & Recreation agencies operate and collaborate with different levels of government to deliver high-quality park amenities. A basic-to-intermediate understanding of AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop) and GIS tools (e.g., ArcGIS) is desired. The intern will assist in various levels of delivery of projects, planning studies, and/or programs within the Parks & Recreation department. Examples of work tasks could include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in field site inventory and assessments for park planning, design, and natural resource activities.
  • Collecting, compiling, and analyzing data.
  • Writing reports, developing plans and graphics, and giving presentations.
  • Conducting research and field observations.
  • Participating in conferences or events.
  • Collecting input from community members at public engagement activities.
  • Assisting in design-related activities for park and trail related projects.
  • Assisting with oversight of construction activities.

Community and Economic Development

The Community and Economic Development Department (CED) will hire one full-time summer position located at 15 W Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN (accessible by METRO Green Line and all bus routes serving downtown Saint Paul). The intern will support various aspects of Ramsey County's economic development portfolio. The CED intern should have an interest in housing and/or economic development and basic-to-intermediate understanding of GIS tools (e.g. ArcGIS). The CED intern's job duties will include:

  • Supporting project managers involved in the county's redevelopment projects (e.g., Riversedge, Rice Creek Commons, Boys Totem Town).
  • Providing ongoing content maintenance of the county's Regional Economic Portal, including working with internal departments and external city partners.
  • Assisting CED staff in the development of the county's first Economic Competitiveness and Inclusion Vision Plan, including collecting, compiling, and analyzing housing and economic data.
  • Participating in community engagement activities associated with the Vision Plan and other programs. This includes leading the design and implementation of CED's quarterly economic development summits with city and business partners.
  • Supporting program managers in collecting, compiling, and analyzing data. It may include writing reports, developing plans, and creating presentations.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum qualifications for the internship program include:

  • Enrollment at the undergraduate or graduate level at any college or university in one of the following degree programs or a related degree program: urban planning, urban studies, civil engineering, geography, public policy, public administration or landscape architecture.
  • At least two years of academic coursework.
  • Interest in local government and public service.

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.

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.


$17.29 to $20.59 per hour.

How to Apply

Submit an online application on the Ramsey County website by 4:30 p.m. CST on February 11, 2020.

More Information

Please contact Frank Alarcon, frank.alarcon@co.ramsey.mn.us or 651-266-2795, with questions or for more information.