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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 Fall 2015 Internship Program
Transportation Planning Intern
The PCPC needs support creating an update for the City of Philadelphia Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan. Under the guidance of the Transportation Planner, the selected intern will work within the Planning and Policy division to help identify, map, and analyze all implemented recommendations to the plan from 2011 - 2015. This position is ideal for a Master’s in City Planning candidate with strong research, organization, and quantitative skills. The ideal candidate can demonstrate previous experience with US Census data and has an interest in developing the tools needed to incorporate GIS into their planning work. The selected candidate will be exposed to active transportation planning principles and advanced GIS analytic techniques. Through participation in departmental meetings and workshops, the selected candidate will see why Philadelphia is a leading large US city for bicycle and pedestrian commute mode share.


GIS - Healthy Community Planning Intern
The PCPC needs support developing a geo- library of health determinants. Under the guidance of the Healthy Communities Coordinator, the selected intern will work within the Planning and Policy division to help identify, map, and analyze datasets covering a wide range of health/built environment variables; including transportation, economic development, housing, and public realm indicators. This position is ideal for a Master’s in City Planning candidate with strong research, organization, and quantitative skills. The ideal candidate can demonstrate previous experience with GIS, and has an interest in developing the tools needed to incorporate GIS into their planning work. The selected candidate will be exposed to public health research and advanced GIS analytic techniques. Through participation in departmental meetings and workshops, the selected candidate will see why Philadelphia is a leader in integrating public health and social equity in its planning process.

Policy and Analysis Interns
Part-time assistance is needed in fall 2015 to assist staff in the development and implementation of policy and program guidance for PCPC activities and inter-agency partnerships. Updated guidance is regularly required in support of Philadelphia2035, special studies, and new initiatives. Assignments may range across such topics as economic and community development, demographics, transportation, land use, housing, environmental resources, capital programming, public health, parks and recreation, and sustainability. Intern tasks typically include: data collection and evaluation; research on policy and development trends; mapping, utilizing GIS, and; site visits and field work. Interns are also encouraged to participate in PCPC meetings and community outreach activities. Graduate students or upper-level undergraduates preferred. Positions could potentially continue into spring 2016.

Implementation Intern
This intern will work with the Implementation Team in the office of the Deputy Executive Director on the implementation of Philadelphia2035 recommendations. This position requires the use of GIS as well as report and graphic creation software, database management familiarity is appreciated. One task will be to research 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. An interest in zoning is important as there will be projects that revolve around amendments and additions to Philadelphia’s Code. There will also be work in crafting Requests for Proposals and responding to grant requests to advance the recommendations of Philadelphia2035 District Plans. This intern needs to have problem solving and strong organizational skills in order to track and develop multiple work products at a time.

Historic Preservation Interns
The PCPC is seeking two part-time, work-study or academic credit interns during the fall semester of 2015. Primary tasks will relate to 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
- Take photographs and assist with other field work
- Perform general project administration duties
Skills
- Strong research and writing skills
- Strong architectural history and history knowledge
- Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS a plus
Qualifications
- Currently enrolled in a graduate level Historic Preservation program.

Planning Division Interns
The PCPC is seeking two part-time, work-study or academic credit interns during the fall semester 2015. Primary tasks will relate 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
- 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.

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