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Internship Program

PCPC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

PlBe 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.

Here are the internships available for fall 2014. Applications will be accepted through July 31st. Hiring decisions will be made by August 15th, at the latest. Follow this link to the application for these positions, and thanks for your interest!

GIS Division Intern

The GIS Division is looking for a highly enthusiastic and motivated intern who wants to further his or her GIS skills. This intern will assist the GIS Division staff and will gain hands-on experience in a variety of areas in support of the PCPC’s ongoing projects. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, performing mapping and analysis using ArcGIS. The intern is required to be familiar with ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite. He or she should be able to perform basic tasks such as creating and updating data layers. The intern should have the ability to work independently and accomplish assigned tasks with minimal supervision. Familiarity with ArcGIS Online is a plus. Programming or scripting experience is a plus. Submission of a portfolio illustrating the types of projects the intern has worked on is preferred.

Graphic Design Web Developer Intern

This intern will assist with updating the PCPC Intranet and Internet websites. He or she must have background in graphic design course work with web development experience. Experience with CSS, HTML and Sharepoint is a plus. This position requires a minimum of 16 hours per week.

"Implementation" Intern


This intern will work with the office of the Director of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs on zoning map ordinances and the implementation of Philadelphia2035: The Comprehensive Plan. He or she will research property dimensions for zoning ordinances. The ordinances are legal documents and must be accurate; therefore, every dimension must be checked and mapped from the legal descriptions of property deeds. This intern needs to have problem-solving and strong organizational skills in order to track and develop multiple ordinances at one time. Work will also include special projects leading to the implementation of Philadelphia2035 recommendations. This position requires the use of GIS as well as report and graphic creation software (Adobe Creative Suite); database management familiarity is a plus.

Planning Division Intern

Tasks include Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work and general community planning activities and the completion of planning analysis projects throughout the city of Philadelphia. The selected candidate will report to the Planning Division director. Primary responsibilities include assisting with general research on such topics as demographics, transportation and best practices; map and graphics development for plan documents; and preparation of materials for public meetings. Secondary responsibilities include assisting with facilitation of public meetings; researching and writing blog posts for “Philadelphia Planeto;” photography other field work; and general project administration duties. Candidates must be enrolled in graduate level program in city planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture and have strong research and writing skills, urban and graphic design skills, and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS.

Development Planning Intern

Tasks include assisting the Development Planning Division with its responsibilities, including assisting in the tracking of Zoning Board of Adjustment cases and decisions and assisting in the creation of noise buffer maps as part of the Division’s environmental review process. Additionally, the selected candidate will assist with the review of plans submitted for the PCPC’s review, throughout the city of Philadelphia. He or she will report to the Development Planning Division director. Primary responsibilities include assisting with general research on various topics, including prior zoning history and tracking trends in the decisions of the Zoning Board of Adjustment; creating maps for the purpose of evaluating noise buffer compliance; and preparation of materials for monthly City Planning Commission meetings. Secondary responsibilities include assisting with data entry for the zoning case database; photography and other field work; and general administration duties. Candidates must be enrolled in graduate level program in city planning, urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture and have strong research and writing skills, and proficiency in MS Access and ArcGIS.

CPI Intern

The Citizens Planning Institute (CPI) is the education and outreach of the PCPC. The intern will assist with outreach activities and classes delivered to “citizen planners” who have earned their seats through an application process. The intern’s duties will include, but not be limited to, management of applications, tracking "graduates" of the CPI programs, developing educational materials, working with CPI faculty, as well as spreadsheet management and website updating. Part of the intern’s work-study hours MUST include Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 9:30pm (CPI class night-Oct/Nov). The position would suit an outgoing, enthusiastic, detail-oriented student interested in community planning and citizen advocacy issues. Basic MS Office proficiency required.

Historic Preservation Intern

Tasks include assistance with historical and preservation research to prepare for the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work (www.phila2035.org) and general community planning and completion of nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places for sites throughout the city of Philadelphia. The selected candidate will report directly to the Planning Division director. Primary responsibilities include assistance with historical research for upcoming district plans; creation of maps and graphics for plan documents; and preparation of nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Secondary Responsibilities include assisting with researching and writing blog posts for “Philadelphia Planeto;” photography and other field work; and general project administration duties. Candidates must be enrolled in graduate level program in historic preservation and have strong research and writing skills, urban and graphic design skills, and proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS a plus.

Urban Design Intern

This intern will support the Urban Design Division and must be enrolled in a masters degree program in architecture, landscape architecture, or urban design or a combination of any of these disciplines. A working knowledge of Sketch-Up, InDesign and Adobe Creative Suite is required. This intern will assist on a variety of planning projects, but chief among them will be district plans for the River Wards and South districts. Additional duties may be assistance with preparation of Civic Design Review cases. In addition, it will be expected that the intern assist in land use verification in the Districts that are currently being studied.
Apply now for a Fall 2014 Internship. (Resume must be uploaded with application)

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