• Summer College Intern - Government Relations/Regional Initiatives

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    College Intern
  • Overview

    OCTA's Summer College Intern Program is a ten-week paid student/intern program. You will gain real world work experience on meaningful projects under the guidance of transportation professional. You will have the opportunity to use problem solving, communication and decision-making skills as you gain valuable work experience.


    As a Summer College Intern, you will be exposed to OCTA's career opportunities in the transportation industry. You will gain deeper awareness of transportation's many facets through your OCTA orientation, projects and teams, and internal networking.


    Under direct supervision, students will perform a variety of professional, entry-level duties to obtain practical experience related to their major field of study and interest, and the sponsoring department's current business operations within OCTA and the Transportation Industry. Employment will be full-time, approximately 40 hours per week, for the duration of the ten-week program.


    This opportunity will provide exposure to the general practices of government relations and how policy is advanced in a political environment.  During this program, the focus will be primarily on local government but will also include working with the state and federal government affairs.  The Intern will provide research on various topics of interest to OCTA, support government relations communication efforts and monitor local agency agendas.


    The pay range is from $14.00 - $17.00 per hour depending on your education level. This position is not eligible for employee benefits.


    This position will remain open until it is filled.


    This list is intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and is not designed to be interpreted as an exhaustive listing of all tasks required of employees assigned to this job.
    • Conducts data research on city and county agenda items; compiles data, analyzes, interprets and reports out on content. 
    • Supports events involving OCTA board members and local elected officials and stakeholders.
    • Operates personal computer, mainframe, or other applications relative to maintaining lists and creating other tools dealing with local agencies. 
    • Attends, compiles, interprets, computes, analyzes, and evaluates meetings for department studies, plans, or technical reports. 
    • Assists in preparing specifications for projects or preliminary reports. 
    • Prepares draft content for the Government Relations department to be posted on organization’s intranet. 
    Interest in:
    • Learning about the political impact on public agencies. 
    • Learning the methods, materials, equipment, and techniques used in this field.
    Ability to:
     • Perform entry-level professional work. 
    • Acquire increasingly complex and technical knowledge and skills. 
    • Assume progressively responsible duties.


    Requirements to qualify for the Summer College Intern Program are as follows:
    • College students must be enrolled full-time in a two or four-year college program, at an accredited college or university, and follow a course of study leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree.
    • Students that graduate with their bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in the fall of 2018 or the spring of 2019, are eligible.
    • College students enrolled full time and pursing a master’s degree from an accredited college.
    Desirable degree programs for this assignment include Political Science, Public, Communications, or Business Administration.
    Special Qualifications:
    • College students pursuing a course of study leading to an undergraduate degree must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better. 
    • College students pursuing a course of study leading to a graduate degree must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
    • Must submit most recent college transcript.
    Working Conditions/Physical Activities:
    (The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. OCTA provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions).
    Positions in this class typically require:
    • Work may be performed in a stressful, fast-paced office environment, depending upon assignment.
    • Requires ability to understand verbal communication and to respond effectively.
    • Positions in this class typically require: Reaching, Fingering, Grasping, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Seeing, and Repetitive Motions in computer use.
    The above statements are intended to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.
    OCTA is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination in employment on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification or status.


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