Administrative Intern - Public Works (Engineering Division)

$14.00 - $20.44 hourly
  • City of Carson
  • Carson, CA, USA
  • Sep 01, 2021
Part Time Paid Intern Civil Engineering (general)

Internship Description


The City of Carson - Public Works Department is seeking current/recently graduated Civil Engineering students, who are are eager and passionate to learn about Civil Engineering within the public sector. Interns will be exposed to various forms of Civil Engineering fields, including Traffic, Parks and Facilities Development.  Interns will be directly supervised and trained by professional engineers.  Also, interns will get the opportunity to collaborate with other City personnel on various projects.  

The ideal candidate must be motivated and willing to engage others within a professional engineering team. S/he must have successfully complete at least two Civil Engineering college courses, and preferably is at least at the junior level.

Position Information:
This is a part-time at-will position (FLSA: non-exempt), limited to 960 hours per fiscal year.  Typical work schedule is between 7 am to 6 pm, Monday to Thursday.  Position will be classified in accordance with the selected candidate's qualifications.

Salary ranges as follows:

  • Admin. Intern I: $14.00 - $15.46 per hour
  • Admin. Intern II: $14.60 - $17.26 per hour
  • Admin. Intern III: $16.68 - $20.24 per hour

Required Documents:

All required documents must be submitted with the application at the time of submission.
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter, addressed to the Director of Public Works, detailing why you are interested in the position
  3. Proof of relevant education (official or unofficial transcripts)
  4. Proof of current college/grad school enrollment (if applicable)

Job Summary:

Under direction, performs professional administrative duties in support of divisional or departmental operations.



(These functions are representative and may not be present in all positions in the class.  Management reserves the right to add, modify, change or rescind related duties and work assignments.)
  1. Performs research, compiles data and prepares reports related to administrative and operational matters.
  2. Conducts surveys and studies and makes recommendations based on findings.
  3. Assists with file maintenance, data entry and generates reports using a variety of computer software programs.
  4. Prepares written correspondence.
  5. Participates in the preparation and revision of brochures and other administrative materials.
  6. Works with other professional employees assigned to special work projects.
  7. Provides information to and consults with staff and the public.
  8. Operates a variety of office machines, including a personal computer.
  9. Attends meetings or events in the evening or on weekends.
  10. May drive to different locations to perform work, site inspections/surveys or attend meetings within and outside the City.
  11. Performs related duties as required.



Education and Experience:
  • Admin. Intern I: Equivalent to high school graduation and be currently enrolled in a college or university or other continued educational program, including vocational or certified training programs.
  • Admin. Intern II: Completion of sixty (60) semester units at a recognized college or university and must be currently enrolled in upper division courses at a recognized college or university. Some experience performing administrative or clerical work is desirable.
  • Admin. Intern III: Must be enrolled in a college or university as a senior or graduate student or must have graduated from a 4-year college program within the last six months and have the equivalent of 6 months full-time administrative, para-professional, technical or advanced clerical work experience.
 Knowledge of:
  • Modern English usage.
  • Mathematics, including statistics.
  • Research and analytical methods.
  • Personal computers and related software applications.
  • Methods of report presentation.

Skill and Ability to:

  • Compile, review and evaluate data.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
  • Learn City organization, operations, policies and objectives.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Deal tactfully with the public.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C Drivers License.



Employee accommodations for physical or mental disabilities will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Positions in this class normally:
  • Require vision (which may be corrected) to read small print.
  • Perform work which is primarily sedentary.
  • Are subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.
  • May be required to use personal vehicle in the course of employment.
  • May be required to attend periodic evening meetings and/or to travel within and out of City boundaries to attend meetings.
  • May be required to work evenings or weekends.

Applications will be screened and evaluated for relevant training and experience.  Applications must be complete, and include any and all required documents. Only those applicants determined to be among the most qualified may be invited to participate in the recruitment process.

This is an at-will position, with no permanency rights.

Revisions to the recruitment process can be made at the discretion of the Human Resources Department.  Applicants will be notified by email if a revision is made. 

The City of Carson is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities.  Call Human Resources for assistance at (310) 952-1736.


Any offer of employment, or acceptance of an employment offer, is contingent upon passing live scan, background check and other tests.  All new employees are required to take a loyalty oath.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.  Any provisions contained herein may be modified or revoked without notice.  All statements made on the job application are subject to investigation and/or verification.  Inaccurate and/or false statements will be cause for disqualification, removal from the eligibility list or discharge from employment.