INTERNSHIP TITLE: Information Exchange Intern (Paid)
The Information Exchange Intern will research and update a list of federal grant opportunities for transportation and transportation-oriented-development (TOD) projects. This project (the main focus of the internship) is a great way to get up to speed on federal resources related to transportation and housing. It also provides the opportunity to interact with members of Rail~Volution’s National Steering Committee, a group of 40+ livability experts (including transit and multimodal planners, TOD managers, urban designers, engineers, project managers for large transit projects, and housing & economic development leaders) from across the United States and Canada.
The funding opportunities may come from a range of federal agencies. Initially, the intern will get up to speed by reviewing the last update and other relevant documents as well as contacting National Steering Committee members and other industry professionals who have worked on this project in the past. The work will then involve verifying whether past grant opportunities still exist, confirming terms of eligibility, and scanning for new sources of funding. The ultimate product is an updated and current spreadsheet of opportunities. The internship may also include other areas of work supporting Rail~Volution’s Information Exchange, including researching and drafting blogs, drafting questions for podcast guests, and compiling resources about aspects of building livable communities through transportation and related investments. This is a paid internship.
- With supervisor, set a work plan for systematically updating and augmenting federal grants spreadsheet. Provide weekly updates of work completed.
- Research federal programs via online and possibly library-based searches as well as direct contact with officials and other professionals in the field.
- Work as a temporary member of the Rail~Volution team, including reaching out to professional contacts via phone or email to verify research and/or seek information and attending team meetings.
- As time allows, assist in researching issues for blog posts or podcast guests.
- Work independently but collaboratively, utilizing professional demeanor and high standards for research, attention to detail and accuracy, as well as with strong written and verbal communication abilities.
START DATE: Immediately or Summer 2018
LOCATION: Sunny office overlooking Loring Park in Minneapolis. Some work may be done offsite, as long as there are periodic progress reports/meetings.
DURATION/HOURS: 10 hrs/week for the summer, May-August, or a total of 120 hours. Based on the progress of the project, the internship may extend beyond this time frame.
EXPERIENCE and QUALIFICATIONS:
Current college graduate students in urban planning, public policy, urban design, architecture, transportation engineering, political science, geography or related field are encouraged to apply. Undergraduates with course work in these areas and a passion for transportation may also apply. Applicants should have familiarity or interest in transportation (especially transit and multimodal options) and supportive land use. Applicants should have experience with independent research and demonstrate a proficiency at using excel spreadsheets and databases.
COMPENSATION and BENEFITS: $15/hour. Excellent work environment with colleagues committed to creating and supporting more livable, equitable and sustainable cities with transit.
APPLICATION: Email resume and one research sample (term paper, etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Women, people of color, and LGBTQ individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
DEADLINE: Open until filled. We will review applications April 23, 2018.
SUPERVISOR: Hilary Reeves, Marketing & Communications Manager
For more information about Rail~Volution, visit www.railvolution.org