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City Planning Intern

City of Philadelphia

City Planning Intern

Philadelphia, PA
  • Responsibilities

    Job Description

    This position will assist the boards and commissions of the Department of Planning and Development. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to assist in planning and implementing the comprehensive plan, conduct research and analysis related to planning efforts, assisting with field survey work, updating databases, and assist in outreach and civic engagement opportunities throughout the city of Philadelphia. Additionally, this position will gain exposure to the multiple services provided by Department of Planning and Development, the Art, City Planning, and Historical Commissions, and the Zoning Board of Adjustment.


    • Attend and interact with DPD staff on a variety of tasks requiring personal interaction skills.
    • Attend board, commission and other public meetings
    • Document and organize tasks as assigned providing clear descriptions of work.
    • Show flexibility and responsiveness to time-sensitive tasks identified by DPD.
    • Gain an understanding of DPD services and commissions
  • Qualifications



    FOR PLANNING COMMISSION INTERNSHIPS, candidates should be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in city planning, urban studies, geography, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, historic preservation or a related field.

    FOR HISTORICAL COMMISSION INTERNSHIPS, candidates should be enrolled in a graduate degree program related to historic preservation.


    • Candidate must possess oral and writing skills for personal interaction.
    • Ability to use or learn to use Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS and other software.
    • Ability to work independently within a fast-paced environment.
    • Strong skills in research and writing

    Additional Information

    TO APPLY: Candidates should submit a copy of their resume and a cover letter explaining their interest in the internship and for which division or divisions they would like to be considered.

    The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:

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    Government Administration