Monday, October 31, 2016

SPUR San Jose needs a Great Policy Intern

San Jose Policy Intern
Hours per week: 15-20 hours per week
Commitment: 3+ months
Reports to: San Jose Policy Director


The San Jose Policy Intern will support SPUR San Jose’s policy efforts, with a special focus on activities in downtown San Jose and Diridon Station. The San Jose Policy Intern position is appropriate for anyone with strong research skills and interest in transportation, land use, master planning, urban design, government function and public process. The candidate should be organized, flexible, professional, detail-oriented and be able to exercise good judgment and discretion.

Essential Functions


• Write and blog about current events and innovative policy solutions
• Develop, curate and edit content for newsletters and other publications
• Develop and curate content for exhibitions and public programs
• Create compelling maps and graphics


• Assist with coordinating public programs and special events
• Generate confirmations, invoices, thank-you letters, RSVP lists, reports; handle follow-up correspondence as needed


• Research and analyze relevant policy issues, best practices and trends
• Track and map real estate/development activity
• Examine the applicability of theories, methods, tools, research and practice and standards to the facts and analysis of each particular situation and place

Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills
• Excellent written, visual and verbal communication skills
• Proficiency in the following software and tools: Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Google Pro and Google Earth
• Ability to assemble, analyze and present data clearly and persuasively
• Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment
• Track record of completing tasks on-time
• At least one year of previous work experience

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Interest in and familiarity with SPUR public policy issues and initiatives
• Interest in public policy analysis, transportation, development and governance
• Ability to work with a variety of people in a complex political environment
• Currently enrolled in (or a recent graduate of) a graduate program in public policy, public affairs, business, not-for-profit management or a related field


Internships at SPUR are unpaid. Transit costs will be reimbursed. Interns will enjoy SPUR membership benefits, including free admission to all forums and tours and a one-year subscription to SPUR’s magazine, The Urbanist. This particular internship will provide an opportunity to participate in SPUR’s special events and convenings. As a thought leader in urban planning, design and policy, SPUR has been a valuable stepping stone for interns to graduate school and careers in planning, policy, real-estate, transportation, architecture, design, fundraising and consulting.


To apply, send the following information to Brandon Durant, SPUR’s Volunteer Coordinator, with the job title in the subject line, at
• Cover letter
• Resume
• 1-2 writing samples
• 1-2 maps, data visualizations or infographics (your choice)
Applications will be accepted through November 11. The position will start in January 2017.

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