While summer jobs for high school students used to involve wearing smocks and possibly paper hats for work, today’s high school students have technological savvy that previous generations largely haven’t. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) pays its summer interns $10 per hour, largely because the internships involve some technical skills: multiple standard software applications, digital cameras, and use of handheld electronics, for example.

Several of the 30 available positions in the Bay Area are located in Oakland. Some involve field research, which is great for students interested in research or science, or even those who are just observant. Others involve processes like planning and grantwriting, which are fantastic skills to have when considering college or careers. Those students interested in design–civic or electronic–are likely to find something even juicier.

Full details of the application process may be found on the MTC website, but these are the basics of eligibility. Applicants may have completed the 10th, 11th, or 12th grades by June 21 (graduating seniors are eligible), and must be at least 16 years of age by then. Non-graduating students under 18 will need work permits. The MTC is looking for applicants who have grade point averages of 2.8 or better, although those with lower GPAs may be considered if they submit two letters of recommendation with their applications. Each student may only sumbit one application, however, he or she may indicate up to four internships for which he or she would like to be considered. Students may work full-time or part-time, for up to 8 weeks, between June and August 2010.

To start the application process, students will want to visit the website, and check the listings in their respective counties. Applications are due by March 26. None of the positions involve smocks.