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General Information

Q: What is the purpose of this program?
A: The Summer Student Intern Program is designed to provide students an opportunity to spend a summer working side-by-side with engineers in various departments within the City and County of San Francisco.
Q: Where are these opportunities located?
A: The internships are mostly located in downtown San Francisco. However, there are opportunities at the San Francisco International Airport, Millbrae, Burlingame and Sunol.
Q: Is this a paid internship?
A: Yes
Q: Does the City and County of San Francisco provide housing?
A: No, trainees in this program are responsible for obtaining their own housing.
Q: What are the start and end dates for the program?
A: Start and end dates are negotiated by the applicant and the individual Department hiring manager who selected him/her as an intern. Students selected for the program usually begin work between mid-May and the end of June. The minimum time commitment is eight weeks, 40 hours a week.

Eligibility

Q: Can I apply if I am a graduate or will be graduating soon?
A: At the time of filing, the applicant must be in an accredited Engineering · Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Computer Science/Information Services Program at a university or a related field at a community college. An applicant must be returning to their undergraduate program or entering/continuing a graduate program in the Fall. For students that have graduated, an applicant can be appointed to begin work within 6 months after graduation. As a graduate in Engineering, you qualify for a position as a 5201 Junior Engineer. You can find more information about this position and others like it in the City and County of San Francisco by going to 5201 Junior Engineer. All jobs that are currently available in the City and County of San Francisco are listed at Employment Opportunities.
Q: Can I apply if I am not a citizen of the United States?
A: Yes, However, all persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the US. The list of acceptable verifications can be found at: http://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/acceptable-documents/list-documents/form-i-9-acceptable-documents.
Q: Are there any eligibility criteria in addition to citizenship?
A: Yes, the applicant must be in an accredited Engineering · Architecture · Landscape Architecture · Planning · Surveying · IT/GIS Program or related field at a Junior College or University.
Q: Is the summer program limited to specific majors?
A: No, however, most summer positions are in Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Surveying and Information Technology and Geographic Information System. You should have successfully completed one year in one or all of these areas.
Q: Is there a minimum GPA to participate in this program?
A: No.
Q: Is there a minimum age requirement to participate in this program?
A: No.
Q: Are students who are U.S. citizens attending foreign institutions eligible to apply?
A: Yes, applications from students who are U.S. citizens attending institutions in foreign countries will be considered.

Application Procedure

Q: Is there a deadline for submission of applications?
A: Yes, all applications must be submitted by the deadline date. No applications will be accepted after that day.
Q: When should I apply?
A: It is recommended that you apply as soon as possible after the application site becomes available, as acceptances are made on a rolling basis.
Q: Can I submit a paper application?
A: No, only online applications will be accepted.
Q: Is there a deadline for submitting Cover Letter, Resume and Transcripts?
A: Yes, all applications must be submitted and received by the deadline date. Failure to submit a copy of college transcripts with cover letter and resume may result in rejection of application. Submission date for college transcripts may be extended if it is impossible to obtain them by the deadline date. Applicants must submit a signed statement explaining why transcripts cannot be obtained by the deadline. Extension requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility that all application materials and support documentation be received in a complete and legible form.
Q: Do you accept unofficial transcripts?
A: Yes, copies and unofficial transcripts will be accepted but make sure your name is printed clearly and highlighted on the first page.
Q: Do I need to submit transcripts from all colleges/universities I have attended?
A: Yes, but make sure your name is printed clearly and highlighted on the first page.
You will need to save your transcripts into one PDF file. To do this, you can use Adobe Acrobat to combine multiple files by going to File-Create PDF-From Multiple Files.
Q: Can the school send my transcripts by mail?
A: No, we can only accept electronic transcripts and academic summaries online. Scanned copies and unofficial transcripts will be accepted; however, official transcripts may be requested later on if applicants are selected. Submission date for college transcripts may be extended if it is impossible to obtain them by the deadline date. Applicants must submit a signed statement explaining why transcripts cannot be obtained by the deadline. Extension requests will be granted on a case-by-case basis.
Q: Do I need to submit my transcripts even though I entered my grades into the electronic application?
A: Yes, the grades that you enter into the electronic application are used for evaluation purposes.
Q: Who ensures that all required documentation is received?
A: You are responsible for making certain that we receive your cover letter, resume and transcripts. You should login to make certain that the documents have arrived and posted to your application.
Q: To whom should I address my cover letter?
A: Since your cover letter can be read by any hiring manager in the Summer Student Intern program, you may wish to use the salutation "Dear Sir/Madam."
Q: Should I list all the courses and grades that I have completed or only my engineering courses?
A: Please list all of your relevant courses with grades, as well as the relevant courses that you plan to complete by the end of the current academic year.
Q: May I apply to a specific Department?
A: Yes, if you already know the department(s) in which you wish to work (for example, if you are a returning student), you may select that specific department(s).

After Applying

Q: How are applications reviewed?
A: Hiring managers have access to the database containing the electronic applications to this program. They can search for applicants with particular interest or specific GPA or who are enrolled at selected universities. Each hiring manager decides whom they will offer summer position to.
Q: How will I be notified if I am selected?
A: Applicants will be notified by e-mail whether they were selected. All candidates are notified regarding their application status by the middle of May, at the latest.
Q: How soon can I expect to hear that I am selected?
A: Selected applicants will be contacted with hiring instructions according to the intern schedule.
Q: How can I update my application or check if my required documentation has been received?
A: After you have created a login, you will be able to review and edit the application using the Update Page Also available in the Student Intern dropdown menu.
Q: Can I update my application from last year?
A: No. You will need to reapply and submit all new documentation each year.
Q: If I have been accepted for graduate school for the Fall, can I apply to the Summer Student Trainee Program?
A: Yes, at the time of filing, the applicant must be attending an accredited Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Surveying and Information Technology/Geographic Information System University Program. In order for the applicant to be eligible, the applicant must be returning to their undergraduate program or entering into or returning a graduate program in the Fall.
Q: If I am currently working as a Student Intern with the City and County of San Francisco, should I apply to the Summer Student Trainee Program?
A: Please also contact your department for requirements.

Other Opportunities

Q: If I am currently working as a Student Intern with the City and County of San Francisco but I would like to be considered for an internship position at another department, can I apply to the Summer Student Trainee Program?
A: Yes, you will need to apply.
Still have a question? Email sfintern@sfdpw.org
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