San Bruno

Community Development Intern (20446323)

San Francisco/Peninsula
1/3/2024 at 5pm or until 999 applicants
$30.00-$30.00 Hourly


567 El Camino Real, San Bruno, 94066


The City of San Bruno Community Development Department

is looking for a bright and enthusiastic Intern!

The City of San Bruno is seeking an enthusiastic, forward-thinking, professional and creative Intern to support the Community Development Department! The Community Development Department is comprised of the Planning and Building Divisions responsible for ensuring that new and existing developments comply with city and State laws and regulations. The department provides technical information to residents, commissions, and developers regarding codes and ordinances. In addition, the department prepares plans and ordinances related to long-range planning initiatives. The department processes and reviews building permits for new construction and modifications to existing buildings.


Example of Duties:

The Intern will support the Department in a variety of professional tasks, primarily assisting the Building Division with customer inquiries and the processing of building permits. The intern may also provide support to the Planning Division by providing zoning information to customers and processing planning applications or conducting planning research or working on housing related initiatives.

Examples of responsibilities include:

  • Interacting with members of the community.
  • Answering phones, permit and application intake.
  • Writing staff reports.
  • Researching and collecting information on planning-related topics.
  • Performing related duties as assigned.

There will be opportunities for exposure to various City departments during the internship and opportunities to network. There may also be opportunities for interns to network with other jurisdictions in San Mateo County or others in the Bay Area region.

Candidates must have a flexible schedule, approximately 20 hours per week (not to exceed 999 per fiscal year), to meet the needs of the Community Development Department. Hours can be scheduled in 3 to 8 hour blocks of time during regular business hours (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.). Applicants able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for the internship typically gain a more in-depth experience.


The ideal candidate is currently enrolled as a Junior or Senior undergraduate in an accredited college university program to obtain a Bachelor's degree or as a graduate student in a Master's Program. Preferred majors include Construction Management, City Planning, Public Policy, Urban Study, Environmental Study, Architecture, Civil or Structural Engineering, Public Administration, or other related programs. The City will also consider applicants who are enrolled in an Associate’s degree program and who have completed at least one year of coursework in building inspection or a related field. In addition, the candidate will also possess the following competencies:

  • Has achieved a satisfactory level of technical, functional, and/ or professional skill or knowledge in position-related areas.
  • Actively identifies new areas for learning, using newly gained knowledge and skill on the job and learning through their application.
  • Responds favorably to feedback and using it constructively to take action to improve knowledge, skills, behavior, and impact on others.
  • Effectively manages one’s time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Takes prompt action to accomplish work goals; takes action to achieve results beyond what is required, being proactive.
  • Identifies and understands problems and opportunities by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting quantitative and qualitative information.
  • Conveys information and ideas clearly and concisely to individuals or groups in an engaging manner that helps them understand and retain information.  
  • Demonstrates strong report writing skills and computer proficiency.



Part-time, temporary employees serve in an at-will capacity and understand that service with the City may be terminated at any time. This position does not provide any benefits, except for paid sick leave. In accordance with the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, all temporary, part-time, and seasonal employees who on or after July 1, 2015, work in California for 30 or more days within a year from the commencement of employment are entitled to paid sick leave for prescribed purposes.  Employees will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked and are entitled to use accrued sick days beginning on the 90th day of employment. Employees may use up to 24 hours (or 3 days) of accrued sick leave in each year of employment.


How to Apply

Applications may be submitted online at https://www.calopps.orgApplications must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. The City of San Bruno utilizes a merit-based selection system that is competitive and based on broad outreach efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to take part in a process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness, and ability of competitors to perform the duties of the vacant position.


What happens next?

  • We will review your application and all supplemental materials to select the best-qualified applicants to continue in the process. Screening will include a review of qualifications, application appraisal rating of education, training and experience and relevance of background qualifications related to the target job, and supplemental questions if applicable.
  • Applicants selected to move forward in the process may be asked to participate in any combination of the following (at any phase of the selection process): a written examination, job-related exercise, physical test or job simulation, phone interview, in-person or video interview(s), and/or web-based testing.

Reasonable Accommodations

The City of San Bruno is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and provides equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws in its employment actions, decisions, policies and practices. 

The City of San Bruno Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the selection process to accommodate disabled applicants. Individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation in the process must inform the Human Resources Department by the final filing date by emailing


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