College Internship Program

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Attention College Internship Applicants!

Please note: MTC’s Pathway to Government College Mentorship Program has been established to provide mentees the opportunity to learn about working in regional government. Mentees will have a dedicated mentor assigned to them who will provide students with exposure to projects in areas such as transportation planning, finance, and operational projects. For the summer of 2021, the mentorships will be held virtually and will run from June 14 through August 13, 2021 (maximum of 320 hours). The positions are open to students enrolled at least half time in community college or in an undergraduate program. Visit the Internships page for details and to apply.

Please complete a Job Interest Card and select the Internship category if you would like to be kept apprised of future internship opportunities at MTC!

MTC offers 10 to 12 paid college internships each year. These internship positions are located in San Francisco and the selected interns will work over the summer, between the months of June to September (typically 10-12 weeks).  The positions are open to undergraduates, graduate students and recent graduates in relevant fields.

College internship opportunities may be available in any of the following Sections/Programs:

  • Design and Project Delivery Section (DPD) keeps the Bay Area transportation system of highways, bridges, local roads and transit moving efficiently through strategic planning, design and implementation of operational improvements and shared mobility strategies – focusing specifically on delivering unconventional suites of near-term, modest cost and high-impact strategies to move more people in fewer cars and improve overall mobility, safety and sustainability. As well as plan ahead towards a connected and autonomous vehicles future, and deliver improvements that adapt our most vulnerable transportation infrastructure to sea level rise.
  • Electronic Payments Section (EPS) operates a suite of services to help travelers get around the nine Bay Area Counties, including the Bay Area Express Lanes Network, the Clipper® regional transit fare payment program, and the FasTrak® electronic toll collection system. Upcoming MTC Express Lanes projects include I-880 in Alameda County; I-680 between Walnut Creek and Martinez; and I-80 in Solano County. Clipper is a reloadable smart card used for transit fare payment in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. FasTrak is a way to electronically pay for tolls on all toll bridges, express lanes, and parking at the San Francisco International Airport.
  • Field Operations & Asset Management (FOAM) is responsible for delivering and maintaining our growing asset portfolio in the Bridge and Highway Programs, including implementing and operating the Bay Area's Express Lanes program; maintaining toll bridges safely and effectively; assisting Caltrans to maintain and operate freeway traffic management systems and devices; operating call box and Freeway Service Patrol tow truck programs; deploying technologies and strategies to improve freeway incident management; and managing regional carpool, vanpool, and commuter benefits programs. The section also leads MTC’s efforts to partner with regional transportation agencies on emergency-preparedness activities.
  • Integrated Regional Planning Program (IRPP) addresses the geographic, social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of transportation and land use for the nine county San Francisco Bay Area. The program is responsible for preparing, analyzing and tracking the historical and future economic, demographic, land use and transportation changes for the region. Working with MTC and ABAG boards, staff develops plans and policies to encourage livable communities, transit-oriented development, preservation of key natural lands, access to regional recreational opportunities, and access to jobs and housing for all residents and workers. The program maps conditions and trends with the latest GIS and Data Visualization tools and shares the pulse of the region's transportation system, housing, jobs, environment and economy through the Vital Signs project.
  • Legislation and Public Affairs Section (LPA) researches and analyzes state and federal legislation for its impact on Bay Area transportation and housing and associated environmental, economic and social justice issues. LPA makes recommendations to MTC and ABAG on legislative and/or administrative changes to address the needs of the region. LPA also works to ensure that interested Bay Area residents have an opportunity to help shape regional transportation and land use policies that affect them through a robust public engagement program, summarizes public comments for consideration by ABAG and MTC policy boards, and provides the public with timely information via web content, social media and printed materials.
  • Programming and Allocations Section (P&A) oversees the policy development and investment decision making for federal, state and regional transportation funds. P&A prioritizes requests for scarce regional, state and federal funds, acts as the region's transportation banker, distributing funds to public transit agencies, as well as to county congestion management agencies, and cities and counties for local investment priorities. P&A also supports long-range planning, and estimates investment needs for the construction, maintenance, and operation of the region's transportation network.
  • San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP) is one of 28 National Estuary Programs established by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The Partnership is a collaboration of local, state, and federal agencies, NGOs, academia, and business leaders working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.
  • Technology Services Section (TSS) focuses on the agency's computer operations and other information technology needs. TSS also provides assistance to users of technology products such as desktop and laptop computers, mobile phones, various Audio Visual equipment, software application and/or other informatics, electronic or mechanical goods. The Section also covers various sub-workgroups such as Service Delivery, Desktop Helpdesk Support, Administration, Information Security, Network Infrastructure, Business Solutions and the 511 Traveler Information System.

View current college internship opportunities or additional college internship information.

If you don’t see any college internship opportunities listed here but are interested in being notified of internship positions when they become available, complete our online Job Interest Card and select the 'Internship' category.

For more information, contact us at: or 415-778-5207.