Shared Mobility Intern

Seattle Department of Transportation

Seattle, WA, USA

Full time


May 1

Position Description

The Seattle Department of Transportation's (SDOT) Transit and Mobility Division is seeking up to two college interns to support the New Mobility Team. This position will focus support on the Shared Mobility programs (Bike, Scooter, and Car Share) as well as other initiatives as they arise.

The New Mobility Team's objectives include: Address the climate emergency by advancing transportation electrification and low carbon travel options towards aggressive emissions reduction; Expand new and improve existing mobility options for historically and currently disinvested communities and individuals; and Implement proactive strategy, policy, and pilots for emerging mobility services and innovative technology and data solutions to prepare department for the future of transportation.

As transportation becomes increasingly shared, active, self-driving, electric, and data-driven, Seattle is planning to ensure the fast-paced changes in mobility help us create a safe, equitable, and sustainable transportation system. The New Mobility Team collaborates with other SDOT divisions (primarily Traffic Operations, Policy and Planning, and Street Use), and with other City Departments, transit agencies, and the private technology sector to strategize and deliver solutions and pilots to improve mobility in the City of Seattle. Sound interesting? Come and join our team and build your community and career with us!

Educational Benefits to the Student:

You will have opportunities to:

  • Gain skills in program management, program outreach, and in-depth, behind-the-scenes knowledge about micromobility (bike and scooter share) and car share policy.

  • Receive in-depth training on work duties, including but not limited to: 
  • how to conduct equitable outreach supporting Black and Brown and low-income communities; 
  • cutting edge, shared micromobility management and auditing strategies; and 
  • designing policies for emerging mobility services and technologies. 

Other Benefits Includes

 Professional and educational development

  • Meaningful and educational opportunities that complements your academic program.
  • Establish effective networking relationships with professional staff, which may be beneficial to future career development.
  • Access to City sponsored trainings and professional development modules.
  • Diverse array of work experiences, responsibilities, and opportunities to help make Seattle a great place to live, work, and play.
  • Working for the city builds your career and your community.

Competitive pay and benefits

  • Commuting benefits including ORCA passes, car share discounts, and ride matches.
  • Paid sick and safe leave (after 90 days of employment).
  • Access to the City's Flash Mentorship program.

Job Responsibilities

40% - Micromobility Operations Support, including field audits gathering data on bike and scooter parking and maintenance performance

30% - Outreach and Education efforts supporting shared micromobility [tabling community events]

30% - Other Associated Duties (research, policy support, website editing, community engagement) supporting the New Mobility Team





Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year educational program and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited educational program.


Preferred Areas of Study: Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Business, Marketing, Public Administration or related areas of study.


Undergraduate students will need to maintain a 2.0 GPA or above throughout the internship.

Graduate students will need to maintain a 3.0 GPA or above throughout the internship.




  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research, organizational and analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Ability to work with diverse communities (low-income, communities of color, and people with disabilities)
  • Ability to conduct audit work in all weather conditions 
  • Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience designing and performing innovative, equity focused outreach work, especially with diverse communities (low-income, communities of color, and people with disabilities)
  • Experience or education in transportation planning and/or emerging mobility policy
  • Multi-language proficiency

Additional Information

Start/End Dates: Late June/early July 2023 - June 12, 2024


Schedule:  Intern will work up-to 20 hours/weeks while school is in session. Up-to 40 hours/week during school breaks. Work hours can be scheduled between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm. May work weekends. May work evenings.



Undergraduate students will be paid $19.09 - $19.09/hour

Graduate students will be paid $23.40 - $23.40/hour


How to Apply: complete an online application and include the following:

  • Unofficial transcript including current classes and GPA
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Two references
  • If applicable - for students transitioning from an undergraduate to graduate program, submit admissions offer to the graduate program to confirm intention of fall enrollment.

  Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Job offers are contingent on the verification of credentials and other information required by the employment process including the completion of a background check which includes a criminal history review. 


Teleworking: The City has the expectation that interns will be readily available to report to onsite work in Seattle when operational needs require.

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