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Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Intern – Fall 2016

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a part-time intern to assist with the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) program. The internship will begin in mid-September and conclude at the end of November with the potential to extend through the winter. A minimum of 15 hours (maximum 20) of work per week is expected for this position and applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

About CIRD

CIRD is one of the NEA’s key design leadership initiatives, and is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Project for Public Spaces, Inc., along with the Orton Family Foundation. The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ provides communities access to the resources they need to convert their own good ideas into reality. CIRD works with communities with populations of 50,000 or less, and offers annual competitive funding to as many as four small towns or rural communities to host a two-and-a-half day community design workshop. With support from a wide range of design, planning and creative Placemaking professionals, the workshops bring together local leaders from non-profits, community organizations, and government to develop actionable solutions to the community’s pressing design challenges. The community receives additional support through webinars, conference calls, and web-based resources. www.rural-design.org

Primary responsibilities include assisting the Project Manager with administrative tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Organizing and maintaining project folders
  • Taking notes during planning calls and meetings
  • Writing content for CIRD social media accounts
  • Locating, posting and updating CIRD resources on the website
  • Researching community foundations and rural philanthropists
  • Copy-editing CIRD reports and other written materials
  • Drafting CIRD blog posts and articles
  • Coordinating logistics with workshop hosts
  • Researching rural design issues and best practices

Desired Qualifications:

The position requires a self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills, as well as the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Writing ability should be at a professional level.

Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of rural design, social practice and community-based art, and Placemaking issues. Candidates should be full-time graduate students pursuing an urban studies design/planning degree, or recent graduates.

CIRD is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. As a federally funded program, CIRD program staff are required to maintain the highest level of professional work standards.

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Excellent communication, writing, and research skills (including copy editing)
  • Incredible attention to detail and organizational skills
  • A familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in a professional context
  • A working knowledge of Placemaking and a passion for exploring and developing thriving public spaces
  • Competency with Google Docs, Excel, and Word
  • Basic knowledge of Drupal sites is a plus

How to Apply

Please send your resume, a cover letter, and responses to the questions below (see below) related to rural issues and/or urban planning to dleyzerovsky@pps.org by close of business on Wednesday, August 31st. You can address the letter to David Leyzerovsky. Please indicate you are applying for the “CIRD Internship” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions for the application:

  • In 500 words or less, please describe the most pressing issue affecting rural communities today
  • Visit rural-design.org, scan the blog and our resources. Based on what you find, in 500 words or less why is rural design important?

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