Neighborhood Preservation Intern

Internship Position Description

Position Title:

OC Development Services, Neighborhood Preservation Intern (Code Enforcement Focus)   (unpaid internship)

Name and Location of Agency/Department Requesting Intern:

OC Public Works/OC Development Services
Neighborhood Preservation
Santa Ana, CA 92703

Functions of Agency/Department:

The OC Public Works/OC Development Services Neighborhood Preservation Division ensures that land use and building code standards are upheld for the health, safety, and welfare of all unincorporated Orange County residents

Intern Duties/Responsibilities:

Intern will work closely with Neighborhood Preservation officers and management in serving the community by assisting with the enforcement of land use and building codes. Duties may include assisting code enforcement staff with public information inquiries, research of building permit and assessor records, report/notification preparation, zoning research, field reconnaissance, special projects such as community outreach events, and other assignments as needed.

Educational Requirements:

Ideal candidates include undergraduate- or graduate-level college students pursuing a degree in  Land Use/Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Communications, Psychology, Sociology, Social Ecology or related fields with a strong commitment to community service. Recent graduates will also be considered.

Skills, Training or Qualifications:

The most essential qualifications are a positive attitude and a willingness to learn new procedures and information in order to provide better service to Orange County communities and OC Public Works/OC Development Services' customers. Strong communication and computer skills are also desired.

Time Commitment:

Minimum 10 - 20 hours per week for 2 - 6 months.  Some assignments such as updating forms/documents and preparing proposals/presentations may be performed at the intern’s convenience (off-site). On-site shifts are flexible and may be scheduled Monday through Friday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Some weekend and evening hours may be available on a limited basis.  Interns able to schedule the maximum hours/duration listed for this internship generally gain a more in-depth experience.

Benefits Available to Intern:

Although the internship is an unpaid position that does not lead to permanent employment, applicants are offered an excellent opportunity to help improve service for local residents; assist with projects involving planning, engineering and architectural elements; gain experience and enhance skills while working within a professional setting; and receive training in fields related to planning, plan check, engineering and neighborhood preservation.

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