Internships with the CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program are available for summer 2013. The Community Action Plan for Seismic Safety (CAPSS) study provided a comprehensive analysis of the anticipated impacts that likely scenario earthquakes will have on the City and County of San Francisco, including physical, social, cultural, economic and other impacts. That study recommended actions to reduce those impacts. The Mayor and other San Francisco leaders are committed to implementing the recommendations of that CAPSS study.
A summer 2013 Intern group is being assembled to help advance this program and to encourage students in their study of earthquake hazard mitigation. Persons who wish to be part of this program may be students or recent graduates in the fields of public policy, engineering, architecture, urban geography, communications, and other fields that would link to a desired earthquake hazard mitigation outcome. At this time, all interships are unpaid.
Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week out of office space in downtown San Francisco. In addition to working with the CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program Director and staff, interns will be mentored by a leading professional person in their field of interest to define and accomplish a specific project task. Interns will also participate in the general program activities, including current work tasks, seminars, special activities, and field trips.
Interested persons should submit a resume and a one page statement of interest, providing general information about their areas of interest and expressing interest in one of the possible summer projects listed below or other work that advances our goals in seismic hazard mitigation. Potential interns should review the CAPSS reports and the ESIP Workplan at www.sfcapss.org.
Please respond by email to the address below; feel free to contact Laurence Kornfield at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments.
Possible Projects for Summer 2013 Internships
City and County of San Francisco
CAPSS/Earthquake Safety Implementation Program
- Refine and implement public survey about seismic performance expectations of schools and other buildings.
- Assist in development of upcoming “cripple-wall” reinforcement program for one- and two-family homes, including development of “tool library” program.
- Assist in preparation of Soft-Story Retrofit Program policies and procedures.
- Update guidelines for chimney repair/rebuilding following earthquake damage.
- Research and prepare demonstrations of one or more products/technologies that may have application to seismic improvement in existing buildings, including high shear-strength glass in storefronts, clear window film to limit damage, reinforced wallpaper, damping mechanisms for wood frame buildings, etc.
- Assist in final product development of the City’s patented Garage Door Reinforcement Mechanism.
- Research and prepare an integrated post-earthquake response and recovery activity matrix with timeline to support resilience planning/implementation.
- Development of an implementation program for San Francisco’s current transfer tax incentive, allowing a portion of taxes at time of property sale to be used for seismic improvements (collaborate with PEER intern).
- Assist in work on San Francisco’s Private School Safety project, including data collection and analysis, research on best practices for nonstructural improvements and other practices (collaborate with PEER intern).