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PCPC Internships

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. 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.

Candidates MUST be eligible for work-study financial aid, or receive commensurate academic credit or recognition, such as a stipend, through their institution. However, at this time we can only retain work-study students who are from the University of Pennsylvania. Students from other colleges or universities need to be eligible for academic credit or a stipend from their institution.

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 for three periods: for the fall and spring semesters and during the summer. Deadlines for submitting applications: for fall semester – August 18th, for spring semester – October 31st and for the summer – March 31st.

Please contact Farah Blackwell at the PCPC for questions regarding paperwork required for an internship. Candidates should also contact their student employment/financial aid office to determine eligibility for the federal work-study program.

Apply today for the Fall 2017 Internship Program

Community Planning Division Intern

The Community Planning Division is seeking part-time, work-study or academic credit interns during the fall semester. Primary tasks will relate to Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work ( and general community planning. Responsibilities include: general research on various topics, including demographics, transportation and best practices; create maps and graphics for plan documents; and assist in the preparation of materials for public meetings. Secondary tasks will relate to the completion of planning analysis projects throughout the city of Philadelphia. These include: assisting in the facilitation of public meetings; taking photographs and assist with other fieldwork; performing general project administration duties. Applicants should have strong research and writing skills as well as strong urban design and graphic design skills. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS is preferred.

Planning and Policy Analysis Intern

Intern assistance is needed to assist staff in the development and implementation of policy and program guidance for agency activities and for inter-agency partnerships. Updated guidance is regularly required in support of Philadelphia2035 plans, special studies, and new initiatives. Assignments generally range across such topics as economic and community development, demographics, transportation, community health, land use, housing, environmental resources, capital programming, parks and recreation, and sustainability. Intern tasks typically include: data collection and evaluation; research on policy and development trends; site visits and field work, and GIS-based analysis. Interns are also encouraged to participate in agency meetings and community outreach activities. Graduate students or upper-level undergraduates preferred. Quantitative and GIS skills especially helpful. Students on work-study could potentially continue into spring, 2018. Specific assignments for fall 2017 may focus on:

• Updates and improvements to data and analyses pertaining to land use, transportation, housing, and capital projects.
• Inventories and analyses of community parking resources, trail resources, and commercial corridors
• Community health planning for the Upper Northwest district and other projects in association with the Dept. of Public Health

Historic Preservation Intern

The Community Planning Division is seeking part-time, work-study or academic credit historic preservation interns during the fall 2017 semester. Primary tasks will relate to historical and preservation research to prepare for the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work ( and general community planning. Secondary tasks will relate to the research and writing of nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places for sites throughout the city of Philadelphia. Primary responsibilities include: historical research for upcoming district plans, creating maps and graphics for plan documents, and preparing nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. Secondary responsibilities consist of taking photographs and assisting with other field work as well as completion of planning analysis projects throughout the city of Philadelphia. Applicants should have strong skills in research, writing, and graphic design. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite and ArcGIS is a plus. Candidates must be currently enrolled in a graduate level Historic Preservation program.

Implementation Intern

This intern will work with the Implementation Division in the office of the Deputy Executive Director on furthering the recommendations of Philadelphia2035. An interest in zoning and legislation is important as there will be projects that revolve around amendments and additions to Philadelphia’s Code as well as researching property dimensions for zoning ordinances. Zoning remapping is major recommendation of Phila2035 and analysis of existing zoning and land uses as well as community outreach will be a major work product. There will also be work in crafting Requests for Proposals and responding to grant requests to advance the recommendations of Phila2035 District Plans as well as managing and analyzing the efficiency and success of our plans. This position requires the use of GIS as well as report and graphic creation software, database management familiarity is appreciated. Problem solving and strong organizational skills are a necessity in order to track and develop multiple work products at a time.

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