Parks and Open Space Planning Internship

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department recruits Planning Interns for its Capital and Planning Division annually for a year-long (or longer) part-time internship. This is a great opportunity to work during the summer and following school year as an integral part of our planning unit. 

We are now accepting applications for 2023-2024 internships!  

Application Period: The application period for 2023-2024 opens on Monday, December 12, 2022, and applications can be submitted through Tuesday, February 14, 2023

This is a Citywide recruitment process. To be considered for a position with the Recreation and Park Department, please rank Rec & Park as one of your top three choices when filling out the citywide application.  

Internship Period: Summer 2023 to Summer 2024 or longer. Interns are eligible to work part-time for 6-months post-graduation or 6 months after they stop taking classes.

Time Commitment: A minimum of two days (16-20 hours) per week during the school year, and up to four days (32 hours) per week during the summer months, for a total of 1,040 hours a year.

Eligible Candidates: Candidates must be current graduate students in an Urban Planning, Geography, or similar graduate program, with at least one year left of schoolwork. Candidates must be able to report to work in person in San Francisco a minimum of twice a week during the school year. Successful candidates will have previous work experience and working knowledge of Microsoft Office, ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Suite.   

Pay: $33.27 per hour

To apply please visit the Citywide 2023 Summer Student Intern Program website:

Roles & Responsibilities: 

  1. Perform site review, research and data analysis, and preparation of reports related to property acquisition, park improvement projects and natural resources. 
  2. Prepare informational and analytical maps and graphic materials using ArcGIS software and the Adobe Creative Suite.
  3. Prepare presentations and staff reports to citizen advisory groups and the Recreation and Park Commission; assist project managers at community meetings; conduct user intercept surveys.
  4. Analyze existing and proposed open spaces and population growth impacts.
  5. Assist planning staff with review, analysis and preparation as needed of Environmental Review documents such as California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reviews and SF Planning Dept Certificates of Appropriateness (CoA) for projects impacting Recreation and Park facilities.
  6. Evaluate shadow impact studies for Proposition K (SF’s “Sunlight Ordinance”) analysis and prepare reports with recommendations for Commission consideration. 
  7. Assist in grant applications through grant writing, policy and environmental sciences research, and graphics preparation.
  8. Monitor and update capital project schedules in Airtable and other software.
  9. Basic administrative support including filing, ordering supplies, receiving mail, data entry, word processing, creating spreadsheets, and other administrative tasks. 

For questions regarding this position or the recruitment process please email ( and Yael Golan (