Ramsey County All-Abilities Transportation Network Internship Program

Ramsey County interns reviewing plans

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 2021-2022 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.

2021 Positions

This year, the program is seeking three full-time interns. The location and a description of each position are listed below. Depending on public health guidelines related to COVID-19 at the time of the internships, interns may work remotely for all or a portion of their work hours.

Public Works, Multimodal Planning Division

Located at 15 W Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN (accessible by METRO Green Line and all bus routes serving downtown Saint Paul)
The Multimodal Planning Division of the Public Works Department will hire one summer intern who will support planning and project management activities related to the Rush Line Bus Rapid Transit Project, the Riverview Modern Streetcar Project, and other transportation planning initiatives. Interns in the Multimodal Planning Division should have an interest in transit planning, multimodal transportation and transit-supportive land use and a desire to learn about how agencies at different levels of government collaborate to deliver transit projects. Strong communication skills are desired, and basic familiarity with GIS tools (e.g., ArcGIS) is a plus. Examples of work tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Developing public engagement and communication strategies.
  • Assisting with marketing and social media.
  • Engaging directly with residents at public engagement events.
  • Reviewing technical and communications materials.
  • Participating in coordination meetings with partner agencies (Federal Transit Administration, Metro Transit, MnDOT, cities).
  • Researching best practices and presenting research findings to internal staff and external partners. 

Public Works, Program Delivery Division

Located at 1425 Paul Kirkwold Drive, Arden Hills, MN (location not served by public transit)
The Program Delivery Division of the Public Works Department will hire one full-time summer intern. This intern will work closely in several areas of the division including Traffic, Project Management and Design Engineering. Applicants should have an interest in traffic engineering, GIS, data analysis, and pedestrian and bicycle safety planning. Strong communication skills, ability to work independently, familiarity with GIS tools (ArcGIS), and ability to read and interpret construction plans are desired. Examples of work tasks include but are not limited to:

  • Analyzing and reporting on crash data.
  • Producing GIS maps.
  • Producing and reviewing traffic data.
  • Assisting in public engagement efforts.
  • Working on project management tasks. 

Community and Economic Development

Located at 15 W Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN (accessible by METRO Green Line and all bus routes serving downtown Saint Paul)
The Community and Economic Development Department (CED) will hire one full-time summer intern to support various aspects of Ramsey County's economic development portfolio. The CED intern should have an interest in affordable housing and/or economic development. A basic-to-intermediate understanding of GIS tools (e.g., ArcGIS) is a plus.

The CED intern's job duties will include:

  • Assisting CED staff in implementation steps and activities associated with the County's first Economic Competitiveness and Inclusion Vision Plan.
  • Supporting housing and economic development program managers in collecting, compiling, and analyzing program data. It may include writing reports, developing plans, performing independent evaluation, and creating presentations.
  • Providing ongoing content maintenance of the County's Regional Economic Portal, including working with internal departments and external city partners.
  • Participating in community engagement activities associated with the Vision Plan, redevelopment projects, and other programs. This includes leading the design and implementation of CED's quarterly economic development summits with city and business partners.
  • Supporting project managers involved in the County's redevelopment projects (e.g., RiversedgeRice Creek CommonsPonds at Battle CreekBoys Totem Town).

Eligibility Requirements


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.


$17.72 - $21.10per hour in 2021.

How to Apply

Visit the Ramsey County website and submit your application by 4:30 p.m. CST on February 11, 2021.

More Information

Please contact Frank Alarcon, frank.alarcon@co.ramsey.mn.us or 651-266-2795, with questions or for more information.