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The Oʻahu Metropolitan Planning Organization (OahuMPO) is a quasi-governmental agency that serves as the forum for cooperative transportation decision-making between the State, the City and County of Honolulu’s Department of Transportation Services, and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). OahuMPO assures compliance with a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive (3-C) transportation planning process and is responsible for developing various Federally required planning studies and programs, and other planning and project development activities to assist in addressing transportation issues on the island of Oʻahu. The OahuMPO establishes transportation goals, policies, and strategies, and determines what assets or facilities will receive Federal assistance.


The intern will learn more about transportation planning and public involvement in the context of federal funding on Oʻahu.  The intern will have the opportunity to work directly with OahuMPO’s transportation and community planning staff while assisting them in technical and public involvement aspects of current projects including the Oʻahu Regional Transportation Plan, and the Farrington Highway Makaha Beach Realignment Feasibility Study.  It will provide the opportunity to learn more about and gain hands-on experience in the organization’s current public involvement processes and techniques, and will assist in improving the organization’s website, social media (Facebook) presence, and design and create the content of outreach materials and strategies.


  • Work with transportation planners in preparing for and executing public engagement plans and reviewing technical work products for OahuMPO plans and studies;
  • Create maps and conduct analyses in GIS;
  • Assist staff in reviewing current OahuMPO website and Facebook, managing them, and improving content and organization;
  • Assist the Community Planner in staffing the OahuMPO’s Citizen Advisory Committee; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Basic understanding of planning principles as may be acquired by completing or working on a bachelor’s/master’s/PhD in planning, engineering, GIS, or communication fields;
  • Knowledge and competency of core concepts in GIS and analysis;
  • Competency in various computer software programs including Microsoft Office suite, ArcGIS, WordPress for websites, internet applications, and other multi-media tools for communication with the public;
  • Ability to work effectively and contribute in a team environment;
  • Flexibility and ability to juggle multiple priorities and demand;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Self-motivated, and able to work independently to provide accurate and timely work products with little or no supervision; and
  • Enthusiasm to learn more about transportation and community planning


  • Demonstrated interest and experience in transportation planning, including knowledge of the intersection of transportation and land use, health, economy, and others.  Knowledge of or experience in MPO planning practices and requirements is a plus;
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in using strategies to involve a wide range of people in decision-making at different stages of the planning processes, including Title VI and Environmental Justice populations; and
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in improving the communication of technical information to different audiences through visualization, graphic design, and other multi-media applications.


  • Salary range is $20-23 per hour, depending upon skills and experience
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Aloha attire and casual dress every day


This is a temporary position. The hours are based on candidate availability and agency needs.


OahuMPO, 707 Richards Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, Hawaii


Open until filled


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