Zero Fare is a new City-funded two-year pilot program launched in partnership with Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and community-based organizations in Philadelphia that provides fully subsidized transit passes to approximately 25,000 Philadelphia residents with low income. The goal of this program is to make it easier and more affordable for residents to get to work, meet caregiving responsibilities, and access health, education, and recreation opportunities, while supporting community-wide benefits yielded by more transit usage.

You can learn more about Zero Fare by visiting www.phila.gov/zero-fare.

The Zero Fare program is looking for a full-time Summer 2024 intern to support program research, operations planning, and day-to-day program management.

We are looking for an intern to work full-time (37.5 hours/week) in person/hybrid, from the middle or end of May through the middle or end of August. Dates are flexible, depending on the academic term.

Internship project examples include:

  1. Researching transit subsidy programs administered at the local, state, and federal levels to inform partnership opportunities in Philadelphia.
  2. Identifying funding opportunities to sustain and expand program enrollment beyond the two-year pilot program.
  3. Collaborating with program partners to identify opportunities for streamlining enrollment into other transit subsidy programs, like the Senior Fare program for eligible residents.
  4. Supporting operations planning for program enrollment.
  5. Supporting program evaluation and research.
  6. Supporting day-to-day program activities, including participant engagement and card management support.

This opportunity is ideal for learning about public service, government operations, policy development, program management, and more.

Job Requirements

We are looking for a team player with an enthusiasm for learning new skills and who is organized, hardworking, self-motivated, and a strong writer.

Candidates must:

  1. Have work study eligibility or other funding.
  2. Reside in proximity to Philadelphia during the internship and be able to work in person 2 days per week.
  3. Have strong communication, writing, and research skills.
  4. Be reliable and dependable.

Students in graduate programs or undergraduate seniors are preferred.

Students studying public policy, sociology, urban planning, government, political science, economics, communications, law, or related fields are encouraged to apply.

Those with experience working directly with Philadelphia communities are also encouraged to apply.

Job Location: Unless COVID-19 health and safety guidance changes, this internship will be in-person and work will be performed from the Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

How to Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to Lauren.Hoffarth@phila.gov, with the subject line “Summer Internship Application – Zero Fare.” We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis.

To apply for this job email your details to nicola.mammes@phila.gov

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