Community and Economic Development Intern
Summer Project: Comprehensive Broadband Assessment
ABOUT THE INTERN EXPERIENCE:
This is a great opportunity for anyone studying communications, engineering, computer science, political science, economics, and more. If you are looking for real experience with a government agency in an exciting department, we hope to hear from you. Tracy Tosta, Administrative Analyst in the Economic Development Department and Fernando Santillan, Community Development Director, will support the Intern throughout the project. The intern will be coached on processes to complete the milestones for a Comprehensive Broadband Assessment and will be provided a shared workspace in City Hall as needed for the completion and oversight of the project.
COMPENSATION: $5000 Stipend (paid out in installments)
FINAL FILING DATE: July 26, 2021
CLASSIFICATION: Intern, non-employee
FLEXIBLE START DATE: Internship to begin no later than August 9, 2021
END OF INTERNSHIP: September 15, 2021
GOAL OF INTERN PROJECT:
Develop Intern’s skills and abilities to perform in a professional government environment by completing one assigned assessment that will identify gaps in service availability and potential funding sources to support broadband infrastructure improvements in the City of Selma.
SCOPE OF WORK:
- Study types of broadband and include any definitions and availability by type in final analysis.
- Identify and Interview Service Providers and local stakeholders including large employers, tech companies, partner organizations. Acquire coverage information and/or routes of infrastructure. (As much as they will provide). Include any expansion plans they are able to share or other funding in the pipeline for expansion of broadband.
- Conduct community and business survey for coverage. Generate online survey and in person survey. Target areas of the City of Selma to gather information on gaps in service. (Survey Monkey available for use or google forms).
- Analyze responses and incorporate into document that covers the following:
- Service Providers and Availability (Speed and Location)
- Neighborhood responses (price, availability, speed/usability)
- Sources of funding from local, state and federal programs
- Existing expansions from local or regional efforts
INTERNSHIP PROJECT OUTCOME
Produce an analysis document, including digital maps of service information and qualitative data, that will be included on City of Selma’s website. Final report will be presented to City Council or City Staff, approximately 10 minutes, with possible question and answer section. Intern will demonstrate their ability to complete a targeted project within the timeframe and scope of work noted above.
NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of: Basic math; English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and syntax; word processing; operation of Microsoft Office and standard computer equipment.
Ability to: Perform assigned duties and functions efficiently and effectively; follow oral and written instructions and the procedures and policies of the office; operate a computer and computer workstation efficiently; operate Microsoft Office; gather and compile data; perform mathematical calculations; prepare correspondence and reports; answer telephones; work cooperatively with others and meet the public with courtesy and tact; read and write at the level required for successful performance. Utilize critical thinking and take initiative on tasks assigned.
- Graduation from high school (or G.E.D. equivalent)
- Typing speed of 55 words per minute
- Valid Class C California Driver’s License (required)
- Must be currently enrolled in college level coursework, or have been enrolled within the last two years with an accredited college, university, community college or trade school located in California. Preference will be given to students residing in or attending school in Fresno County.
SKILLS TO DEVELOP DURING THE INTERNSHIP:
- Community Outreach
- Data Analysis
- Report Writing
- Public Speaking (Final presentation to City Council or City Staff)
- Utilization of digital tools such as maps, surveys, and presentations.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that may be required of an employee/volunteer/intern to successfully perform the essential functions of their duties. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to sit, talk and listen; use hands to operate, finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands or arms; occasionally stand, walk and lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
Candidate must complete online Intern Interest Form (see below) for the Comprehensive Broadband Assessment Summer Internship Project. Must include description of existing skills and desired experience as it relates to your education or career development. Applicants will be interviewed and assessed on the quality of their professionalism and relevance of the internship to their long term goals. A background investigation will be conducted on the final applicant prior to executing an Internship Agreement. Agreement to include photo of intern performing the work as required by the Judy L. Kelsey Memorial Fund Grant. An offer of internship does not constitute an employment agreement or long term employment with the City of Selma. This is a stipend and project based internship.