We build cities for people, not cars.

External Affairs & Operations Intern

Tempe, AZ
Job Type
1+ years
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About the role

Culdesac's mission is to build cities for people, not cars. We're the first post-car real estate developer, and our goal is to build the first car-free city in the US. We're starting with the first car-free neighborhood built from scratch - that's Culdesac Tempe, a 1000-person neighborhood.

All of this draws from a core insight: the way we move defines the way we live. And the way we move is changing fast, with countless ways to get around today beyond private cars. Here's more.

As part of External Affairs at Culdesac, you will be an integral part of our team. This is a cross-functional, multi-disciplinary role - through all aspects of project planning, from stakeholder mapping to engagement. Through improved bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, supporting local retail, and connecting with community groups, our work focuses on quality of life, economic development, safety, social inclusion, and sustainability. 

Our Internships are designed to be interactive and hands-on, contributing to Culdesac’s ongoing external strategies and creating new opportunities for community building. Our goal is to empower interns to add to their skillsets, expand their working knowledge, and prepare them for a success in their future careers. 

How you will make an impact:

  • You will research and track public policy at multiple levels of government.
  • You will create content and materials to educate residents, community members, and elected officials on our mission generally and local engagement projects specifically.
  • You will foster relationships with residents, team members, and local government officials.
  • You will be the point of contact for communications across cross-functional teams (both internal and external).
  • You will create and deliver compelling presentations.
  • Finally, you are willing to roll-up your sleeves and do whatever is required to make this the journey of a lifetime!

How you will be successful:

  • You are a driven, ambitious person with an innate sense of humility.
  • You enjoy working with many kinds of people and being an enthusiastic representative of our company and work.
  • You have top-notch written and oral communication skills.
  • You have the ability to think strategically.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced environment, eager to lend a hand where needed.
  • You have the ability to communicate and work effectively with all types of people, bringing creativity and fun but also able to take control and call the shots when needed.
  • You are passionate about positively impacting company culture and employee engagement.
  • You can juggle many complex projects, all with strict deadlines, simultaneously.

Why you'll love being part of the Culdesac Team:

  • We work as a team:  We are inclusive, drawing on the strengths of people who bring a different perspective. We find ways to work together that overcome disciplinary and geographic separations.
  • We are driven, humble, and ambitious:  Our mission is to build cities for people, not cars. We are doing this through hard work, asking for feedback along the way, and seeing our work through to the end, including the last 10%.
  • We have a caring, supportive, and honest culture:  We get to know one another, we support our community together, we have fun together, we even have Culdesac talent shows!
  • We are revolutionizing the real estate landscape:  Are you ready to be part of this transformation?

Culdesac is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


  • Please describe how you are prioritizing a lifestyle leveraging public transportation, micro mobility, and other alternatives to private cars.
  • What micromobility have you tried/have experience with? Is there something new in this space that you're particularly excited about trying?


  • Why do you think there aren’t enough walkable neighborhoods in the US?


Are you legally authorized to work in the U.S.? Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at Culdesac?


  • When are you looking to start the internship?
  • What is/was your GPA?


  • Add a cover letter or anything else you want to share.

Why you should join Culdesac

Our cities should be celebrated. They have been the largest driver of innovation in human history. But somewhere along the way, things broke and our quality of life suffered. We built our lives around our cars as cookie-cutter housing popped up around the country. Sprawl became commonplace, and we normalized hour-long commutes, even as private vehicle ownership became the largest source of carbon emission pollution. We became more isolated and felt less connected to each other. It doesn't have to be this way.

We're building cities for people, not cars. Our team blends technology, real estate, and culture to reimagine our daily lives. We come from different backgrounds to bring a fresh perspective on what's possible. As a team, we keep a pulse on our community and what they need. We ride our e-bikes to lunch, host pop-ups on construction sites and make 16-acre cornstarch art pieces. We cultivate these relationships and bring our community closer together so they can experience the neighborhood they deserve.

Team Size:32
Location:Tempe, AZ
Jeff Berens
Jeff Berens
Ryan Johnson
Ryan Johnson