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Internship Program

PCPC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Be an intern at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC)! Augment your studies, learn about big-city planning issues, and be part of a great team of dedicated professionals.

The PCPC offers several internship opportunities each fall, spring and summer. Work-study-eligible graduate and upper-level undergraduate students assist the PCPC staff with a variety of work assignments including general research, data collection and analysis, field work, mapping, public meetings and outreach, and report preparation. In certain instances, unpaid internships for academic credit can be arranged.

Internship candidates must be matriculated in a college or university and should have academic coursework in city or regional planning, urban studies, geography, geospatial analysis, preservation, social sciences, public administration, architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, or other planning-related field. Most important, candidates should have a passion for the physical-development challenges and opportunities our nation’s fifth-largest city faces.

Work hours are flexible, but interns should commit to eight to 12 hours per week during the academic year (September to May) and 20 to 35 per week during the summer (June to August).

Internship applications are accepted during three two-month periods: June to July for the fall; October to November for the spring; and February to March for the summer. Hiring decisions are rolling during these periods, but finalized by the 15th of the month after applications are due (August 15th for the fall; December 15th for the spring, and April 15th for the summer).

Please be aware that before an internship can begin, the PCPC and your college or university must finalize a legally binding Affiliation Agreement. This process can take several months. Please contact Farah Blackwell at the PCPC for more information about this, particularly regarding the timing of your application. Candidates should also contact their student employment/financial aid office to determine eligibility for the federal work-study program.

Apply today for the Summer 2015 Internship Program
Plan-Implementation Intern
This intern will work with PCPC’s Implementation Team on the implementation of recommendations contained Philadelphia 2035: The Comprehensive Plan. This position requires the use of GIS as well as report and graphic creation software; database management familiarity is a plus. One task will be to assist in the research of property dimensions for zoning ordinances. The ordinances are legal documents and need to be very accurate; therefore, every dimension must be checked and mapped from the legal descriptions of property deeds. There will also be work in assisting with the preparation grant proposals to advance the recommendations of Philadelphia 2035 District Plans. This candidate needs to have strong problem-solving and organizational skills and be able to track and develop multiple work products at one time.


Parking-Supply Analysis Interns
The intern(s) selected for this position will assist in the update of the Center City Parking Inventory. Tasks will include conducting site surveys of parking facilities in Center City and conducting spatial and quantitative analysis on the data collected. The summer internship will conclude with the production of a brief, preliminary report of findings, including an assessment of key changes from previous Inventories, as well as general policy recommendations. One or more intern may have the option of continuing for the fall 2015 semester, extending the Inventory to University City, helping prepare a final report of findings/recommendations, and participating in presenting the report to the City Planning Commission. Attention to detail and ability to work in a substantially self-directed, out-of-office environment are essential. Comfort working with GIS and Microsoft Access and interest in transportation planning and policy are preferred.


Historic Preservation Interns
The PCPC is seeking two full-time interns to work primarily on historical and preservation research to prepare for the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work (www.phila2035.org) and general community planning. Secondary tasks will relate to the completion of nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places for sites throughout the city of Philadelphia. The selected candidates will report directly to the Planning Division Director.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Historical research for upcoming district plans
  • Create maps and graphics for plan documents
  • Prepare nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places
Secondary Responsibilities
  • Research and write blog posts for the office’s blog, Philadelphia Planeto
  • Take photographs and assist with other field work
  • Perform general project administration duties
Skills
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong urban and graphic design skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS a plus
Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate level Historic Preservation program.
  • Work hours are generally flexible to accommodate the selected candidates’ academic schedules. Candidates are expected to work 35 hours per week. 


Planning Division Intern
The PCPC is seeking two full-time, work-study or academic credit interns during the summer 2015to work primarily on tasks related to Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work (www.phila2035.org) and general community planning. Secondary tasks will relate to the completion of planning analysis projects throughout the city of Philadelphia. The selected candidate will report directly to the Planning Division Director.

Primary Responsibilities
  • General research on various topics, including demographics, transportation and best practices
  • Create maps and graphics for plan documents
  • Assist in the preparation of materials for public meetings
  • Secondary Responsibilities
  • Assist in the facilitation of public meetings
  • Research and write blog posts for the office’s blog, Philadelphia Planeto
  • Take photographs and assist with other field work
  • Perform general project administration duties 
Skills
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong urban and graphic design skills
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS
Qualifications
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate level City Planning, Urban Design, Architecture, or Landscape Architecture program.
  • Work hours are generally flexible to accommodate the selected candidates’ academic schedules. Candidates are expected to work 35 hours per week. 


Urban Design Intern
The PCPC’s Urban Design Division is seeking a full-time student, currently enrolled in a master’s-degree program. Candidates will have strong design and graphic skills, as well as analytical and writing skills, and the ability to use Adobe CS5 Suite, SketchUp and have a basic working knowledge of GIS. Work hours are generally flexible to accommodate the selected candidate’s academic schedule. Candidates are expected to work 35 hours per week.

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