Intern - Engineering Division

  • Sunnyvale, California
  • Mar 23, 2024
Full Time Engineering Internship
  • Salary: $18.55 - $25.85 Hourly USD

Job Description


Engineering Division - Land Development
Transportation & Traffic Division


Starting Date: May-June 2024 timeframe

A paid intern position is available with the Engineering Division - Land Development Section. Candidates will also be considered for an open summer full-time intern position with the Transportation and Traffic Division. The position is an excellent opportunity for a College Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student wishing to obtain work experience in the Civil Engineering field. This internship will involve office work and some field visits. Selected individuals must be on-site at the City of Sunnyvale (City Hall). Working conditions are subject to change depending on public health orders.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Learn basic principles and practices of civil engineering as related to land development, including the California Subdivision Map Act, or related to transportation planning and traffic engineering.
  • Gain work experience and insight into local government work specific to your area of interest and educational background.
  • Assist City staff on review of development projects, which may include design and construction inspection.
Engineering Division: Hours are flexible; a minimum of 16 hours per week is highly desired with a maximum of 25 hours per week year-long. The selected candidate for this position will work under the supervision of a higher level supervisor on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Transportation & Traffic Division: Eight hours a day, five days a week over the summer months. The selected candidate for this position will work under the supervision of a higher level supervisor on weekdays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Essential Job Functions

(May include, but are not limited to, the following):
  • Conduct record research and field investigations related to development projects.
  • Compute appropriate fee calculations and review of project cost estimates.
  • Create exhibits and details using GIS and/or AutoCAD.
  • Review and process minor encroachment permits.
  • Provide information regarding existing infrastructure to the general public at the counter, over the telephone, and by computer.
  • Assist in field inspections with Public Works Construction Inspector.
  • Assist Engineering staff with other duties as desired, including some administrative tasks as needed.
  • Public interaction, with regards to “public service” policies. Candidate is expected to conduct him/herself in a highly professional manner at all times while representing the City.
Other responsibilities if selected for the Transportation and Traffic Division, may include:
  • Collect traffic data and conduct field observations.
  • Perform transportation analyses and studies.
  • Assist City staff in preparation and review of signing/striping plans, traffic signal and construction plans, and Temporary Traffic Control Plans.
Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, and turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine motor coordination when using a computer keyboard. Near vision is required when reading plans, written reports and other documents, and far vision is required when performing field work. The need to lift, carry and push tools, equipment and supplies weighing up to 25 pounds is also required. The job duties may expose the employee to the outdoors, which may include exposure to fumes, dust, allergens, and air contaminants. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • College Sophomore, Junior, Senior or Graduate Student having completed at least one course in Civil Engineering.
  • Positive work attitude, reliable and responsible.
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Proficient computer skills with basic knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access, Project and AutoCAD. GIS experience is a plus.
  • Good organizational skills, detail-oriented and good record keeper.
  • Interest in Civil Engineering and willingness to learn.
  • Willingness to travel to various sites within the City utilizing City of Sunnyvale Vehicle.
Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California class C driver's license and a safe driving record.

Application and Selection Process

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your online City of Sunnyvale employment application, responses to the supplemental questions, a cover letter and resume to the Department of Human Resources. Electronic applications and required documents may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page; go to, Search: Jobs.

This position is open continuous. Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis. This recruitment may close at any time without notice .

Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience and/or skills relevant to this position. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the application, please do not indicate "see resume".

Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidate applications will be forwarded to the hiring department for review. Application materials will be evaluated for job-related skills, experience and education. Individuals with the best match to the position may be invited to participate in an interview.

Candidate(s) selected for hire will be required to submit a copy of their current California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) record printout . To obtain a copy, you can go to the DMV website at to purchase your record on-line for $2.00.

Candidates are required to submit/attach proof of education (i.e., original copy of class schedule or transcripts with the application.

Any candidate selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

For additional information regarding this employment opportunity, contact Arnold Chu, Assistant City Engineer at . For information relating to the application process contact Faye Brand, Human Resources Technician at (408) 730-3015 or email: .

The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of actual or perceived race, religion (including religious dress or grooming practice), color, sex (includes gender, pregnancy, childbirth, medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, breastfeeding or medical conditions related to breastfeeding), gender identity and/or gender expression, sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality and bisexuality), ethnic or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, uniformed service member status, marital status, family relationship, age, cancer or HIV/AIDS related medical condition, genetic characteristics and/or genetic information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.

No City benefits are offered with this Temporary Position.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


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