Safe Routes to School Internship Position Description

Position Overview

The SF Bicycle Coalition is a partner agency of the SF Safe Routes to School (SRTS) project, working to make it safer, easier, and more fun to walk and bike to school. At 25 public elementary schools we foster parent volunteerism, develop walking school buses and bike trains, and assist with encouragement events including the citywide Bike and Roll To School Week in April. SRTS also encourages family transit use and carpooling. We advocate, when possible, for street improvements designed to reduce traffic hazards around schools.

The Safe Routes To School Intern will have an inside view of the SF Bicycle Coalition, a vibrant growing nonprofit/advocacy organization and gain first-hand experience in community organizing and leadership development with parents and school communities. Tasks will be tailored to match individual interests and our mission: to promote the bicycle for everyday transportation for ages 8 to 80.

Roles and Responsibilities (will vary)

  • Grassroots outreach with parents, school staff and SF Bicycle Coalition members to engage them in SRTS activities
  • Organize and assist with parent engagement, including database management, email/phone communication, trainings
  • Represent SRTS and the SF Bicycle Coalition at PTA and community meetings and events
  • Assist with communications (emails, blog posts, and social media)
  • Research and data collection on SRTS activites

Required skills or abilities:

  • Strong written, online and oral communication skills. Bilingual in Spanish or Cantonese a big plus
  • Comfort and proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google tools
  • Passion for making San Francisco a better city for biking and living
  • Experience in (or willingness to learn) community outreach
  • Ability to get around the city to attend meetings and do outreach
  • Ability to work on tasks independently

Desired skills or abilities:

  • Bilingual Spanish/Cantonese fluency strongly desired
  • Graphic design experience (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping helpful not required


  • 1 year’s free membership to the SF Bicycle Coalition
  • First-hand experience in one of the country’s oldest and largest bicycle advocacy organizations
  • Ongoing professional development opportunities
  • A behind-the-scenes view of a bustling nonprofit organization
Become a member and you'll improve your commute and get discounts at shops across the city.