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.
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.
How to Apply
The application deadline for the 2020 internships has passed.
Please contact Frank Alarcon, email@example.com or 651-266-2795, with questions or for more information.