2022 Summer Planning Intern (9910)

Position Description

The San Francisco Planning Department is currently looking for seventeen (17) bright and enthusiastic interns to work full-time with staff on a variety of planning projects this summer (June 6, 2022 thru Aug. 26, 2022). This will be a rewarding and valuable experience for those interested in the planning field and desire introductory work experience or college credit. Interns will conduct research, collect, and analyze data, and prepare draft documents for planning work related to housing, historic and cultural resources, social and racial equity, community engagement, urban design, climate change, and many other issues.


  1. Four-Plex Prototypes Intern
    The Intern will develop architectural prototypes for four typical lot typologies by considering recent legislation that allows for the construction of fourplexes.  Ideally this would result in reference designs that would illustrate the basis for related code, policies, and design standards, and potentially be developed to approvable prototypes for the purpose of site permits.
  2. Public Art & Statues Historic Context Statement Intern
    The Intern will research and write a historic context statement on Public Art & Statues that identifies and evaluates the significance of San Francisco’s public artworks, murals, statues, artists, sculptors, and muralists.  The Intern will identify, and survey public art created over different periods of development and draft biographies of known artists who have contributed to the public art of the city.
  3. SFCCRS – Jewish Historic Context Statement Intern
    The intern will research and write a historic context statement documenting the history of the Jewish community in San Francisco. The context statement will identify key people, buildings, sites, and events associated with this theme and aid with the evaluation of potentially significant sites related to Jews in San Francisco.
  4. SF Cultural Association & Historic Resource Finding Audit Intern
    The Intern will identify properties eligible for landmarking that are associated with marginalized and underrepresented communities.  The intern will analyze existing information from past historic resource determinations to identify buildings and neighborhoods with potential cultural associations, develop metrics on evaluation findings related to cultural associations, and identify gaps in priority geographies and underrepresented communities.
  5. Landmark Recognition & Interpretation Intern
    The intern will examine the current landmark plaque program, research historic recognition programs in other cities, research new technologies for recognizing historic buildings and sites, and recommend a strategy to ensure consistency in recognizing San Francisco’s landmarks.
  6. ADU Program Communication and Outreach Intern
    The Intern will identify, develop, and assist with process improvements for the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) permitting and outreach procedures to pro-actively advance equity in the Department’s external work as it relates to community planning, community engagement, and process improvements.
  7. Public Resources for Commercial signage and Residential building standards Intern 
    The Intern will create informational manuals about commercial signage and development standards for residential buildings. Tasks of this internship are reviewing existing regulations, conducting field work, interviewing staff, updating existing materials, and writing easily understandable summaries and instructions.
  8. Equity Map of Resources Intern
    The Intern will build on the existing Environmental Justice Framework to help residents, planners, and community-based organizations understand the complex resources and needs by geography across the city. The Intern will develop community profiles that will include demographic, land use, and employment information along with qualitative data on community priorities and concerns, cultural and language needs, and past and existing projects.
  9. Community Engagement Public Information and Process Improvement Intern 
    The Intern will produce public informational material to inform project applicants about community engagement requirements and recommended best practices.  The Intern will also create internal materials to support Department staff in reviewing and administering outreach efforts of project applicants.
  10. Housing Element 2022 Update Intern 
    The intern will conduct policy research, create a plan for ongoing outreach, and assist with current engagement efforts related to the Housing Element 2022 Update.  Other responsibilities may involve data analysis for the Housing Element and other related work.
  11. Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Intern
    This intern will update various greenhouse gas  (GHG) related documents.  The intern will also identify recent local, state, and federal policies and legislation that could affect San Francisco’s GHG emissions and assess the progress in meeting greenhouse gas reduction targets.
  12. Environmental Planning Racial and Social Equity Intern  
    The intern will assist in analyzing past appeals of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) determinations by examining who typically participates in appeals, topics of concern raised in appeals, staff hours spent, and outcome of appeals.  The Intern will then conduct a racial and social equity impact analysis on related environmental topics.
  13. Environmental Monitoring Team Intern
    The intern will assist the environmental monitoring team on researching past and current projects with mitigation requirements, creating a modern tracking system, and developing monitoring procedures and site visit tools.
  14. Railyards Redevelopment and General Plan Transportation Element Intern
    The Intern will provide support to the Railyards Redevelopment project and the new Transportation Element of the General Plan. The intern will develop a communications strategy for the Transportation Element, participate in public outreach events associated with the Transportation Element Update and the development of the 4th and King Railyards, and analyze existing travel behavior in the city.
  15. Streetscape Design Advisory Team Intern
    The Intern will assist with several interdepartmental initiatives related to the advancement of safe, dynamic, and engaging streets. The Intern will  collaborate with various agencies to develop design typologies for alleyways that need to accommodate both pedestrians and commercial trucks; and designate ideal truck routes in coordination with existing and planned bicycle routes.
  16. Small Multifamily Strategies Research Intern
    Expanding small multifamily housing (sometimes called “missing middle” housing) can add housing choices in areas that have been limited to single family homes and that are currently too expensive for many residents. The Intern will research approaches to support existing homeowners in adding housing by provide information and education about financing and other incentives.
  17. SF Young Planners Program Intern
    This position will assist the Internship Coordinator in managing a group of 16 high school students as part of the summer high school internship program.  This includes content development related to the field and career of city planning, information presentation, project creation, intern supervision, field trip chaperone, and liaison with employment partners.

For complete description of the available internships, please visit:  https://sfplanning.org/internships2022


Minimum Qualifications

Requires completion of two (2) years (equivalent to 60 semester units or 90 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university to a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field specific to the internship.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at http://sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=456

Falsifying one’s education training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Additional Information

The Department of Human Resources (DHR)’s office (located at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103) is currently closed to the general public. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the Human Resources Analyst listed on this announcement.

Additional Information Regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at 628-652-7522, or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  For details on how it is applicable to your employment, please click here.

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.