Posted 6/10/19

About Houston-Galveston Area Council

Local governments touch the lives of citizens in our region every day, in many ways. The Houston-Galveston Area Council is the regional council of local governments for our area, serving an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 7 million people. H-GAC helps local governments and their citizens address issues that cross city limits and county lines. The work is important because our region is growing rapidly. Local governments must meet today’s needs and prepare for a better future.

H-GAC helps local government consider issues and cooperate in solving today’s problems while also planning for the future. Total membership stands at 131 local governments – all 13 county governments, 107 cities, and 11 school districts. H-GAC is governed by a 36-member Board of Directors composed of local elected officials who serve on the governing bodies of those member local governments.

H-GAC provides many tools to support the region’s local governments: information, region-wide plans, and services concentrated in areas such as Community and Environmental Planning, Data Services, Human Services, Public Services and Transportation Planning


The H-GAC Internship Program is designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and your future.

H-GAC is dedicated to developing the talent of up and coming college students who strive for academic success and demonstrate leadership. Our Internships provide real-life work experiences that are closely related to your field of study, as well as integrating you into our H-GAC culture. In addition to challenging work and making a valuable contribution, you will have the opportunity to be coached and mentored by some of the top leaders in our agency. High performing interns may have the opportunity for future internships or possible full-time opportunities with H-GAC.



This internship opportunity is for a senior college student or recent graduate with a major in Urban Planning, Transportation Planning, Civil Engineering, Public Policy, or related fields. The intern will play an integral role in multiple multimodal transportation projects with regional significance, including a Federal Highway Administration pilot study, Transportation Resiliency project, the 2045 Regional Active Transportation Plan, and the regional sidewalk GIS layer. A great candidate will work on data collection and analysis, mapping, and technical writing on planning projects related to pedestrian and bicycle planning and transportation resiliency, and related policies.



  • Collect sidewalk and walkway data in the field transfer it to Excel and GIS platforms.
  • Assist in developing new ways to measure pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in the region.
  • Develop materials for stakeholder meetings.
  • Assist with reports for the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.
  • Edit and write portions of the 2045 Regional Active Transportation Plan.
  • Work on GIS mapping and analysis related to transportation resiliency planning and prepare technical report.



Minimal – Enrolled as a college Senior or recent Graduate, 3.0+ GPA, must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours in the semester preceding or following the internship term. This will be a full time position of 40 hours per week, and will last up to 6 months.  The pay will range from $16.00 – $18.00 an hour.

Optimal – Proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel, and GIS; in a field of study closely related to internship offered.

Equal Opportunity Employer


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Houston-Galveston Area Council, Timmons Lane, Houston, TX, USA