Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated intern for its Downtown Los Angeles office to support the firm’s practice in transit and multimodal planning. Nelson\Nygaard’s work emphasizes creative and innovative transportation planning and community involvement, often within a wider set of goals such as economic development and reduced dependence on the private automobile. A strong interest and some background in developing the transportation aspects of livable communities is therefore a must.
Intern responsibilities will depend on the specific needs of projects that are being undertaken but will likely include research, data collection, spreadsheet analysis, mapping and GIS-based analysis, writing and editing reports, and development of outreach materials. Though most of the work will come from projects in Southern California, there may be opportunities for the candidate to contribute to Nelson\Nygaard projects across the United States. Candidates must be willing to travel occasionally and must have a valid driver’s license.
In preferential order, the ideal candidate would be someone who (1) holds a master’s degree in planning or equivalent degree with a specialization in transportation planning; (2) has completed his/her first year of a master’s in planning program and who is focusing on transportation planning; or (3) has a bachelor or master of science degree in a related field and is interested in gaining experience prior to entering graduate school for planning. Other relevant degrees include transportation engineering, transportation operations, urban/city/regional planning, urban design, and landscape architecture. Above all, we are looking for someone who has a passion for sustainable transportation planning and is interested in making communities better for our clients and their constituents.
Potential candidates must demonstrate excellent skills in writing, data analysis, oral presentation, and problem solving. The candidate must be able to demonstrate proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Candidates should be able to demonstrate proficiency using ArcGIS for tasks such as analyzing census demographic information and displaying transit networks. The ideal candidate would also have experience using Adobe Illustrator in conjunction with outputs from ArcGIS to create visually appealing maps. Additional experience with graphics (InDesign, SketchUp), modeling (Synchro, TransCAD) or database analysis will be considered favorably. Potential candidates will be asked to complete a skills assessment and demonstrate their writing and oral presentation skills. Candidates should be available to start in early October 2016.
Additional Salary Information: Nelson\Nygaard offers a flexible, friendly work environment that encourages diversity and creativity. This paid internship provides an opportunity to join Nelson\Nygaard for 3 months, up to 24 hours per week. The number of hours per week is dependent on your schedule. You will be assigned a mentor to guide you through Nelson\Nygaard’s internship program and provide feedback along the way.
Benefits include carshare and bikeshare membership, pre-tax transit or bicycling benefit, and sick leave (1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked).
A Different Kind of Transportation FirmNelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is an internationally recognized firm committed to developing transportation systems that promote vibrant, sustainable, and accessible communities. Founded by two women in 1987, Nelson\Nygaard has grown from its roots in transit planning to a 130-person, full-service transportation firm with offices across the United State...s. Putting People FirstNelson\Nygaard puts people first. We recognize that transportation is not an end by itself but a platform for achieving broader community goals of mobility, equity, economic development, and healthy living.