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Applications Open for Paid High School Summer Internships

UPDATE: Deadline for Submissions Is Extended to Sunday, March 22

OAKLAND, CAFirst-time jobs can be hard to come by, so getting a paid summer internship and gaining experience while still in high school is a real score. High school sophomores, juniors and graduating seniors in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area are encouraged to apply for paid summer internships in the transportation field. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (MTC) annual High School Internship Program seeks student applicants for summer internship positions in local transportation agencies throughout the region (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma counties). “The program’s purpose is to introduce students to career opportunities in transportation,” said Steve Heminger, executive director. 

Students must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program this June and have completed the 10th grade. Additionally, students must live and go to school in the county where the position is offered. Students graduating in 2015 are eligible to apply for the internships. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 8. (Update: extended to March 22, 2015.)

The program’s flexible schedule allows students to be employed either full-time or part-time for up to ten weeks between June 18 and August 28. Students will work with local public agencies in a department related to transportation planning or engineering, public works or public transit. Hourly pay is $12.25. Some 40 paid internships are available.

MTC’s high school internship coordinator, Yulee Kim, can be contacted at (510) 817-5807 for further information. 

Students applying with a minimum unweighted grade-point average of 2.8 or above must submit one letter of recommendation. Applications from students with grade-point averages below an unweighted 2.8 will be considered if accompanied by two letters of recommendation. “This is an opportunity for students throughout the entire region,” commented Ann Macaulay, recruiting manager. “Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties are areas where student applications are especially sought.”

Applications will only be accepted online. To apply, submit the completed application, along with a one-page response that describes, in the applicant’s own words, a transportation problem in their community and what the applicant thinks could be done to resolve it. A letter (or letters) of recommendation from a teacher, principal, counselor, religious leader or employer must also be included. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, March 8 (Update: extended to March 22, 2015). In some counties, the deadline may be extended until the internship positions are filled.

MTC is the regional transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.


Yulee Kim: (510) 817-5807