9910 Public Service Trainee

Housing Affordability and Community Stabilization Intern

Recruitment #TEX-9910-903296


Appointment Type

Temporary Exempt (TEX).  TEX position is excluded by the Charter from the competitive civil service examination pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section 10.104 and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Internship Period

The position is for a maximum of 500-600 hours (12-15 weeks if full-time).  Must be available for a minimum of 15-20 hours a week.  Full-time preferred.


The San Francisco Planning Department plays a central role in guiding the growth and development in our City. The Department works with other City agencies and the community to help achieve great planning for a great city.  

Our mission, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.  

The Department serves a broad range of constituents, including the citizens of San Francisco, community organizations, elected and appointed policymakers, builders, architects, property owners, tenants, and advocacy groups. All rely on the City’s General Plan and the Planning Code to achieve the City’s development goals.  

This is an opportunity to intern in a dynamic, inter-disciplinary, and innovative department and share in our vision to make San Francisco the worlds’ most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.   For more information about the San Francisco Planning Department, please visit www.sf-planning.org

Internship Information:

Housing Affordability and Community Stabilization Research: San Francisco and the Bay Area have one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the United States. Extreme income disparities, lack of housing production, limited public control of residential properties, and limited funding for affordable housing at the federal, state, and local levels result in ongoing challenges with housing affordability and displacement of low and moderate income households. San Francisco has implemented many important policies to produce and preserve affordable housing and protect tenants. We need to understand to what extent the existing tools are meeting their objectives, where enhancements can be made, and what additional tools are needed.

The intern’s work will support two of the Planning Department’s priority projects: Housing Affordability Strategy (HAS) and the Community Stabilization Strategy.

The HAS will provide a framework to help City staff, policymakers, and the public evaluate how our housing policies and plans work together to address housing affordability for our diverse population. The project will develop numeric goals and an inventory and assessment of current and potential tools to improve housing affordability with a focus on outcomes for low and moderate-income households in relation to the broader housing market.

The Community Stabilization Strategy is an inter-agency effort to provide City agencies, decision-makers and the public the comprehensive analysis and tools they need to make strategic decisions to stabilize our vulnerable populations as the City changes. Specifically, the Strategy seeks to: mitigate the impacts of ongoing displacement; help prevent future displacement due to economic and population growth; and better manage economic growth to offer benefits to existing communities with a focus on vulnerable populations.

The Citywide Planning Division intern would help with the following tasks:

  1. Policy and Program Assessment and Research: We will research new policies and programs that are practiced by other cities in the United States and abroad. The candidate may also contribute to the assessment of some existing programs and policies to protect, produce, and preserve housing affordable to low and moderate-income people. Assessments of existing policies and programs include data analysis, challenges and recommendations. The assessment of potential programs and policies will consider benefits, process, and barriers associated with implementation of potential programs and policies in San Francisco. Assessments are developed in collaboration with Project Team members, City agency and community stakeholder partners.
  2. Data Analysis for Housing and Community Stabilization Policy: Identify data sources; compile, organize and interpret/analyze data; conduct and transcribe/synthesize interviews; GIS mapping; write summary documents; create charts, tables, graphs, maps and other graphical display of information; and, create presentations.
  3. Community Engagement: Support the development and implementation of community stakeholder and public meetings. This could include meeting facilitation, note taking, writing meeting summaries, and logistical support.

A letter of interest should include a description of the candidate’s experience and interest in the position. 

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum QualificationsRequires completion of three years (equivalent to 90 semester units or 120 quarter units) of education from an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Studies, or a related field specific to the internship.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.

Desirable Qualifications: The desired candidate should have experience conducting policy analysis and quantitative data analysis.  The candidate should be familiar with, and preferably experienced in geo-spatial research and analytical methods and have familiarity with housing and land use policy and practices.  Candidates should be able to work independently, must have excellent organization and written and oral communication skills; and have proficiency in Microsoft Excel, GIS, Office and familiarity with Adobe InDesign.

The desired candidate will be enrolled in or have completed a master’s program in city planning, public policy, geography, or a related field with a demonstrated interest in housing and community development.  Education may be supplemented with 1-2 years of experience in a position that involves research, data analysis, graphics, and GIS skills.

How To Apply

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Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org, @famsf.org, @ccsf.edu).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the analyst, Susan Chu, by telephone at 415-575-9149, or by email at Susan.Chu@sfgov.org.


Selection Plan

Applications will be reviewed for qualifying experience and education.  Only those applicants deemed best qualified will be invited to participate in the selection process.  Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview.  Additional screening mechanisms may be implemented in the selection process.

Selection Procedures


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

Note: 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.

Conviction History

As a selected candidate for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a selected candidate. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City.

If you are a selected candidate, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


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Copies of Application Documents:
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Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: TEX-9910-903221

Issued:  February 6, 2019



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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