Civil Engineering Intern (Transportation) (20422359)

  • 701 Laurel St, Menlo Park, California
  • Sep 09, 2023
Full Time Engineering Internship Transportation or Transit
  • Salary: $20.00-$23.00 Hourly USD

Job Description

The Public Works Department is seeking to hire an engineering intern for the Transportation Division to provide support for several programs as described below:

The transportation division manages the city’s existing transportation infrastructure - traffic signals and streetlights - and delivers new projects to improve travel for people of all ages and abilities. An intern on this team could expect to work on projects to enhance crosswalks, design new bike lanes, conduct corridor studies, coordinate with the capital improvement team on repaving and sidewalk projects, work closely with other department teams such as the streets maintenance team, work with the community on traffic calming projects, respond to resident requests, and review new private development applications to ensure their impacts on the transportation system are minimized. Strong communications skills - in person and in writing - are critical on this team to engage effectively with community members, stakeholders and regional partners like Samtrans, Caltrain, and Caltrans.

Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must be in the process of earning an undergraduate (junior or senior) or master’s degree in Civil Engineering, transportation planning, or a related field or within one (1) year after graduation. Applicants must have a valid California Driver’s License (Class C).

Duties may include:
  • Assist project managers with general clerical, administrative, and technical tasks for transportation projects
  • Assist with citywide signage and striping program, including field investigations, roadway striping design, signage and striping inventory, creating work orders and inputting data into a GIS database
  • Collect, process and record field data; perform field inspections; prepare technical reports, cost estimates and cost-benefit calculations regarding existing and proposed traffic control devices
  • Assist with traffic engineering studies such as field surveys, counts and delay studies.
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications, attend and prepare information for City Commissions and City Council
  • Assist the Transportation Systems Management Coordinator in promoting commute alternatives such as carpooling, public transportation, walking, biking and telecommuting including record keeping, survey work, and distribution of commute alternative information
  • Update the City’s Vistro Model
  • Update the City’s Traffic Signal Equipment Inventory Database and the City’s Traffic Signal Timing Sheets
  • Perform intersection Level of Service analyses and review signal timings using the Synchro and SimTraffic Traffic Signal Optimization Software
  • Assist in writing instructions, procedures, guides, and manuals to describe and improve administrative, technological, and operational methods and systems.
  • Investigating resident and community concerns
  • Compiling and organizing data or documents
  • Assist in other areas such as internal and external communication and public outreach
  • Document imaging and electronic document filing
  • Supporting public outreach events
  • Other projects depending on the intern’s time and interests

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate workload
  • Ability to work independently and within teams
  • Ability to learn new information quickly
  • Exhibit a positive attitude and flexibility in accepting assignments
  • Flexibility to take on various tasks
  • Knowledge of AutoCAD, database programs, GIS, and engineering concepts are preferred but not required.


$20 - $23 per hour

20 - 30 hours per week (flexible)

Hybrid in-office/remote schedule

This is a non-benefited temporary position. Hours of work are flexible and can be designed around course work requirements. There is a possibility for a hybrid work schedule, with some remote work. A temporary employee may not work more than 1000 hours per year (July 1 through June 30) and will receive sick leave in accordance with State Law.

Special Instructions

Apply via CalOpps at
with the following information:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of college (unofficial) transcript

The City will review all applications and interview selected applicants.

The City of Menlo Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Menlo Park not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees. We will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please contact Human Resources at (650) 330-6670 or
prior to the closing date for accommodation requests.

Before receiving an offer of employment, candidates will be required to successfully complete a reference check, criminal conviction history questionnaire, and Department of Justice fingerprinting. Applicants must be successful in all phases of the selection process to be considered for this position.

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, all potential employees are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or authorization to work in the United States.

Closing Date/Time: Until filled

Base Pay


Job Address

701 Laurel St, Menlo Park, California 94025 United States View Map