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Employment Opportunity: CDOT Bicycle Parking Program Intern

This internship offers a great opportunity to help improve bicycling conditions in Chicago! Be part of the team implementing the Bike 2015 Plan, Chicago's vision to make bicycling an integral part of daily life. Work will be carried out under the supervision of the Bicycle Parking Program Manager at the Chicago Department of Transportation's downtown offices and in the field throughout Chicago.

SALARY: $10 - 14/hour, contingent on level of education, plus up to a $50.00 field stipend for bicycling-related expenses.


  • Processing bike rack requests from various sources and entering them into a database
  • Preparing bike rack installation site lists
  • Conducting field surveys to determine suitability of locations for bike rack installation
  • Inspecting bike racks after installation
  • Arranging for removal of abandoned bicycles from city racks
  • Assisting with the preparation of reports, filing, and correspondence


  • Student enrolled in an accredited college or university
  • Must possess own bicycle in good condition (functional brakes required)
  • Comfortable, willing and able to ride a bicycle safely in traffic on Chicago streets, observing all applicable laws
  • Helmet use is required
  • Able to work outdoors during summer for up to eight hours at a time
  • Ability to work independently, efficiently, and cooperatively
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, and common web browsers
  • Enthusiasm and initiative to improve bicycling conditions in Chicago
  • Must be available to start full-time by June 1st


  • While not required, the following skills will give candidates possessing them an edge:
  • PHP - Outputting HTML through PHP; connecting to a MySQL database and displaying results; saving effort by integrating classes where appropriate; connecting to remote APIs (like Google Maps) to gather geodata
  • SQL - Crafting SQL queries in MySQL and phpMyAdmin
  • HTML and CSS - Coding without the aid of WYSIWYG programs
  • Dreamweaver

HOURS & TERM: Full-time (40 hours/wk) summer, with possibility of part-time during Fall 2012 and Spring 2012 semesters.

INTERESTED? Email resume and cover letter to Christopher Gagnon, Bicycle Parking Program Manager, ( by Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

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