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City of Philadelphia

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. Candidates MUST be eligible for work-study financial aid or receive commensurate academic credit or recognition through their institution. 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 2016 Internship Program

Planning and Policy Analysis Intern

Intern assistance is needed to assist staff in the development and implementation of policy and program guidance for Planning Commission 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; site visits and field work, and GIS-based analysis. 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 fall 2016.

Implementation Team Intern

This intern will work with the Implementation Team in the office of the Deputy Executive Director of the Planning Commission on the implementation of Philadelphia 2035: The Comprehensive Plan. 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 RFPs and responding to grant requests to advance the recommendations of Philadelphia 2035 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.


Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Urban Design Division, MCP Candidate for internship, Summer, 2016. Typically, as many as 35 hours per week . Looking for candidate with strong design and graphic skills, as well as analytical and writing skills. Ability to use Adobe CS5 Suite, SketchUp and have a basic working knowledge of GIS. 

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