About Redwood City
Redwood City is a Charter City operating under the council-manager form of government. The City Council consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year staggered terms (with a four-term limit). Council Members select the Mayor and Vice Mayor from amongst their colleagues to serve in those respective capacities for a period of two years. The city is a full service city with the departments of Library, Police, Fire, Community Development, Parks Recreation and Community Services, Public Works, and Finance, along with the City Manager's Office, City Clerk's Office, and City Attorney's Office. Municipal services are delivered with the support of over 500 employees.

The City of Redwood City is a values-driven organization and a leader in the bay area. Redwood City’s Core Purpose is "Build a Great Community Together" and our employees play a vital and indispensable role in realizing this purpose. We’re looking for creative individuals dedicated to excellence, service and integrity. We offer a wide range of public service career opportunities with potential for growth and advancement. We also offer highly competitive salary and benefits, employee development opportunities, along with alternate work schedules and generous vacation and holidays. So if you’re passionate and bright, community-oriented, creative and committed, we hope you consider making the City of Redwood City your next career home.

About the Redwood City Community
Located in the Silicon Valley at the center of the San Francisco Peninsula, the City of Redwood City is known as a creative, innovative and dynamic organization and community. With a population of over 78,000, the city has a healthy blend of residential, commercial and industrial elements in a community that stretches from the San Francisco Bay to the hills of the San Francisco peninsula. The city is home to a vibrant Caltrain station where commuters from both San Jose to the south, and San Francisco to the north, arrive into one of the most tech-savvy communities in the world. Redwood City offers outstanding accommodations, top entertainment, and diverse dining options. The City's pedestrian-friendly and distinctive Downtown honors the community's heritage and is home to a growing number of restaurants, and a vibrant mix of retail to fit every consumer mood. The beautiful Courthouse Square stands as the centerpiece of Downtown and has become the gathering place for people from throughout the community and the peninsula. Redwood City enjoys a one-of-a-kind waterfront including the Redwood Shores neighborhood, with ample recreational opportunities right on the Bay. The community also boasts the only deep-water port in the south San Francisco Bay, has a yacht harbor, and offers numerous bayfront residential options. The success and health of Redwood City is built upon the community's diversity, civic pride, strong neighborhoods, and each individual's sense of responsibility for making the City a better place for all. It's a terrific place to do business, with appealing neighborhoods supported by a strong sense of community, making Redwood City a natural place to call "home".

The City of Redwood City is seeking an Urban Analytics Intern to work in the Community Development Department, which is comprised of Planning, Housing, Transportation Engineering, Infrastructure, Building Inspection, Code Enforcement and GIS.   This is a hands-on opportunity for someone seeking to apply data analytics and data visualization principles and techniques in the urban planning and transportation engineering context.  This position will report to the Digital Services & Analytics Program Lead and will be primarily involved in data collection, data wrangling and data analysis as well as designing compelling data visualizations of large datasets.  Examples of duties will include:  Policy and user experience research, statistical analyses, development of data visualizations and participation in meetings with Govtech startups. 

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal Urban Analytics Intern will have an insatiable curiosity for data and cities and a strong desire to build a better urban future; will have working knowledge of urban planning and/or transportation engineering principles and techniques; will have working knowledge of statistics or data science principles and techniques; will have the ability to connect the dots from seemingly disparate data and make data-driven recommendations; will be a great storyteller and have the ability to develop beautiful, concise and compelling data visualizations; will be able to take direction and follow established City policies and procedures while maintaining a growth mindset and professional decorum with colleagues; will be detail-oriented and have strong written, presentation and data visualization skills. Experience with Tableau and basic knowledge of SQL are highly desired. Basic knowledge or the desire to learn ArcGIS is a plus. 

Summer Internship Program Period: June 10, 2019 – September 20, 2019

Salary:  $14-$25/hour

Hours:  20 hours/week

The successful candidate will enjoy the following benefits:
  • This is a non-benefited casual position.
  • Casual employees may not work more than 1000 hours per year.
  • Casual employees will receive sick leave in accordance with State Law. 

Supplemental Questionnaire:
As part of the application submittal, please answer the following questions:
  1. Please tell us why you are interested in the Analytics Intern position. (500 words or less)
  2. Provide at least one example of an analytics project that you have worked on and include the role you served in each project, such as contributor, project manager, etc. Supporting information is welcomed, such as online links to a project(s) or portfolio.
How to Apply:
Submit your application using this link: 


  • Location:
    Redwood City
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Minimum qualifications

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education & Experience:
  • Current enrollment or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program or equivalent in Urban Planning, Civil or Transportation Engineering, Political Science, Data Science, Statistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Geography, Environmental Science or related field is preferred.
  • Salary will be based upon the successful candidate’s education level and experience in the field. 
Knowledge of:
  • Basic principles and practices of urban planning and/or transportation engineering.
  • Data collection and data wrangling best practices.
  • Statistical methods to evaluate large datasets to discover trends, develop metrics and derive actionable insights.
  • Research design methods. 
Skills Desired:
  • Great storytelling, presentation and data visualization skills.
  • Working knowledge of Tableau and basic knowledge of SQL are highly desired.
  • Basic knowledge or strong willingness to learn ArcGIS is a plus. 

Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and work cooperatively with City staff.
  • Use tact and discretion in dealing with the public or sensitive data.
  • Plan, develop, review and complete projects in a timely manner.