Data Intern

March 23, 2022 11:37 PM | Dina Storz (Administrator)

Puget Sound Regional Council, Downtown Seattle, Washington; The position may be eligible for hybrid or remote work (within Washington state).

All application materials must be received by 8:00am April 4, 2022. 

Temporary part-time position up to 32 hours per week and up to 3 months with flexibility to adjust hours and duration; nonexempt FLSA status.

$21 per hour with limited benefits.

Position to begin June 2022.


The Puget Sound Regional Council is the regional transportation, growth management and economic development planning agency serving Seattle and the central Puget Sound. The thriving region is home to over 4 million people and is one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas. PSRC brings together the region’s diverse counties, cities and towns, native tribes, ports, the state of Washington and civic interests to understand the challenges facing our region’s future and make plans for the region to continue to succeed. The agency serves as the region’s Metropolitan Planning Organization and is the regional leader for growth management, transportation, and economic development under state and federal laws. PSRC seeks to support an inclusive region and build a work culture which embraces diversity and promotes equity. Visit www.psrc.orgto find out more. PSRC is an equal opportunity employer.


The Puget Sound Regional Council is working to implement the coordinated strategies, policies, and actions of VISION 2050 to address the region’s long-term needs. Data helps planners and policy makers better understand who lives in our region, what activities they do and challenges they face. The Data Intern will work in a dynamic, multidisciplinary and collaborative department. Work tasks may include data analysis of Census data, regional housing data, and surveys, such as the 2019 and 2021 HTS Household Travel Survey ( The Intern will work with Data and Planning staff to conduct and synthesize research and data analysis and support evaluation of regional policies and practices. This is a unique opportunity for a data savvy mind to get hands-on experience processing and mining complex datasets. 


The ideal candidate will have the ability to:

  • Apply common statistical concepts and data analysis techniques.
  • Use common software packages to analyze and transform data, such as Excel and relational database packages (e.g., Access, SQL Server, MySQL), ArcGIS, and Tableau. Familiarity with SQL, R Python, Git, or JavaScript programming languages and web mapping, ArcGIS Online, OpenStreet Map, and web-based visualization packages would be a plus.

  • Collect, analyze, and perform quality control measures on large datasets.

  • Familiarity with commonly used demographic, land use, and other planning datasets is a plus.

  • Assist with research projects for regional planning studies related to growth management and transportation planning topics, including land use, housing, transportation services and infrastructure, and economic development.

Successful candidates should also possess:

  • Excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills.

  • Effective oral and written communication abilities to work with professionals, and agency staff.

  • Interest in the local and regional planning context in the central Puget Sound region.


Typical ways in which incumbents acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities include:

  • Be a current student in a relevant field such as urban planning, geography, data science, public administration, transportation engineering, or relate field.

  • Or, at least one-year experience in urban planning, urban data analytics, and/or related field.

  • Or, any combination of lived experience or education experience in a related field that would provide the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, 

spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


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