9910 City Planning Intern

Housing Policy and Analysis Intern

Recruitment #TEX-9910-904255


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
This is a full-time position.  The duration of this internship is six months, with an opportunity to extend the duration for up to one year. The extension may be possible contingent upon City budget conditions and demonstrated competence and professionalism in the first six months of employment. 

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 Analysis: 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 the Housing Element Update 2022, the Recovery Strategies, and additional housing data and policy support. This would include assisting in the completion of the Needs Analysis for the Housing Element Update which requires knowledge of data gathering and narrative development. Additional tasks may include a constraints analysis, site inventories, implementing programs and policies analysis, policy writing, and outreach support. 

The Community Equity Division intern would help with the following tasks: 

  1. Data Analysis for Housing Element: 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. 
  2. Policy and Program Assessment and Research: The candidate may 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. 
  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 Qualifications
Requires completion of three years (equivalent to 90 semester units or 135 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.  

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 including production of data tables, charts, and other graphics; and have proficiency in Microsoft Excel, other common data software, GIS, Office and familiarity with Adobe InDesign. Experience with coding for data analysis and python preferred but not required. 

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.  

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 https://sfdhr.org/how-verify-education-requirements

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.

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

How To Apply

In line with the Official Public Health Order to slow the spread of COVID-19, “shelter-in-place” has been issued for all San Francisco residents that is expected to be in effect until further notice.  As a result, 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.

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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 exam analyst, Michael Eng, by telephone at 628-652-7522, or by email at Michael.Eng@sfgov.org

Selection Procedures

Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ - Qualifying)
All applicants must complete and the Supplemental Questionnaire along with the application by the filing deadline. The information provided on the Supplemental Questionnaire must be consistent with the information on the application and is subject to verification. Applicant responses to the Supplemental Questionnaire will be used to assist in determining if applicants meet the minimum qualifications for the position.

Only those candidates who most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited to continue in the selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

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:

Applicants are advised to keep copies of all documents submitted. Submitted documents become a permanent part of the exam record and will not be returned. The hiring department may require applicants to submit the same documents and/or additional documents at a later date.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


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Issued:  October 19, 2020

Carol Isen, Acting Human Resources Director

Department of Human Resources

Recruitment ID Number: TEX-9910-904255



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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