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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.

Here are the internships available for Spring 2015. Applications will be accepted through November 30th. Hiring decisions will be made by December 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.

Citizens Planning Institute

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. For information about the CPI, visit

Historic Preservation

Tasks include assistance with historical and preservation research to prepare for the Philadelphia2035 comprehensive planning work ( 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.

Policy and Analysis

Assist staff with assignments in support of urban policy development, planning studies, trend monitoring and analysis, and public outreach. Tasks may involve field work; mapping; preparation and review of databases; research on comparable development projects and cities; assisting with special projects involving demographics, transportation, economic development, social media, sustainability, and; attendance at inter-agency and public meetings. Strong communication and computer skills preferred.

Policy and Analysis/GIS

Assist staff with assignments in support of demographic and housing analysis and trend monitoring. Tasks may include: preparation and review of US Census, Housing Permits and Sales data tables and charts; mapping; and research on demographics, housing and gentrification related issues. Strong Analytical/GIS computer skills required.

Planning Division

Intern will assist Commission staff with data collection and analyses, policy evaluation, and outreach in support of Philadelphia2035 district plans, special area studies, and plan implementation. Data tasks typically include field work, interviews, databases, and mapping. Policy assignments generally focus on a long-range economic, environmental, or infrastructure issue. Outreach assignments involve communication and coordination with inter-agency and community partners. Candidate must have skills and interest in quantitative analyses, field work, writing, and community engagement. Familiarity with GIS and social media preferred.
Apply now for a Spring 2015 Internship. (Resume must be uploaded with application)

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