Jobs

If your passion is public spaces and you would like to support Placemaking with your writing, planning, or design skills, you are welcome to send us your resume and writing samples or portfolio to info@pps.org.

PPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and persons of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

There are no job openings currently available. Check back soon for updates!


Internships

Spring Transportation Intern – Streets as Places

Project for Public Spaces is seeking an intern to assist with multiple transportation-related projects this Spring for approximately 21 hours of paid work per week for a period of 4-6 months (flexible). The position will include a number of professional development opportunities. At minimum, interns can participate in PPS’s training courses, and will be introduced to a variety of resources, tools, and techniques.

The intern’s primary task will be supporting two PPS projects: our Streets as Places Campaign and Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC) resource development  for a wide international audience.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Producing case studies and resources on the concept of Streets as Places.
  • Collecting images of great streets and public spaces.
  • Assisting in research and data collection for great public space activation projects from around the world, with a possibility for field trips (in and around the tri-state area).
  • Assisting in writing up resource documents, communicating with partner, and synthesizing information.

Other potential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing research and memoranda in support of PPS projects.
  • Authoring and/or collaborating on PPS blog posts and EXPOSURE photo blogs.
  • Participating in Placemaking workshops.
  • Producing graphics and diagrams.

Position available immediately. Interns will receive a $500 monthly stipend.

Please send your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and any graphic material samples (optional) to ngulati@pps.org by close of business on Monday, February 9th. Please indicate you are applying for “Spring Transportation Intern – Streets as Places.”

Desired Qualifications:

The position requires a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of public space planning, transportation, and/or Placemaking issues.

Ideal candidates would have:

  • Excellent communication and research skills.
  • Experience with project tracking, project management, and/or reporting.
  • A working knowledge of Placemaking, in addition to a passion for exploring and creating thriving public spaces.
  • Competency with Google Sheets and Excel.
  • Basic familiarity with Adobe Acrobat, In-Design, and Photoshop.
  • Basic familiarity with concepts of community development and engagement.
  • A degree either completed or in progress in a transportation, planning, or urban design related field is encouraged, but not required if the candidate can demonstrate familiarity with relevant concepts.

About PPS’s  Transportation Team

PPS is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation, and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.

Transportation plays a critical role in shaping our communities and people’s lives. When streets and public transportation systems are well-designed, they do much more than help people get around efficiently:  they create special public places, help foster active and healthy lifestyles, boost economic development, and highlight local culture and assets. Our mission is to provide communities with the training, resources, and expertise they need to create great streets, transit hubs, and transportation networks.

About Streets as Places

PPS is undertaking a major initiative called “Streets as Places.” This initiative seeks to engage citizens, policymakers, and the transportation industry at-large to reshape the planning and design of  transportation networks and streets to promote and support economic vitality, civic engagement, human health, and environmental sustainability, while simultaneously meeting peoples’ mobility needs.

More information can be found at:
http://www.pps.org/transportation/ http://www.pps.org/reference/streets-as-places-initiative/

About Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC)

The Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC) is a group of doers and deep thinkers at the forefront of the Placemaking movement. Founded in 2013, the Council was formed by PPS to strengthen Placemaking as an international movement and to establish a cross-disciplinary network for placemakers working in many diverse contexts.

More information can be found at: http://www.pps.org/about/leadership-council/

For questions about our internships, check out our Internship FAQ.


Communications Intern – Great Public Spaces

Project for Public Spaces is seeking an intern to assist with our newly relaunched “Great Public Spaces” project (www.pps.org/places) this spring for approximately 21 hours of paid work per week for a period of 3 months (flexible). The position will include a number of professional development opportunities, including attending PPS’s training courses and an introduction to a variety of resources, tools, and techniques. The intern’s primary task will be supporting Great Public Spaces and will be largely focused on writing along with content and image management.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Sorting Great Public Spaces nominations
  • Conducting additional research on nominated sites
  • Writing Great Public Spaces entries based on these nominations
  • Choosing images to go along with the entries
  • Adding the entries into our content management system
  • Working with the communications team to write and create thematic articles based on recent submissions to Great Public Spaces

Other potential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing case studies for other teams within PPS
  • Authoring and/or collaborating on PPS blog posts and EXPOSURE photo blogs
  • Attending weekly communications meetings
  • Assisting the communications team in other tasks, as necessary

Position available immediately. Interns will receive a $700 monthly stipend or greater depending on experience.

Please send your resume, cover letter, and two non-academic (we want to see evidence of a natural, journalistic style) writing samples to sburke@pps.org by close of business on Monday, February 16th. Please indicate you are applying for “Spring Communications Intern – Great Public Spaces” in the subject line.

Desired Qualifications:

The position requires a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of public space planning and Placemaking issues.

Ideal candidates would have:

  • Excellent communication, writing, and research skills
  • The ability to write in an informal, journalistic (non-academic) style
  • An understanding of the qualities of a great photograph
  • Working knowledge of WordPress CMS and HTML
  • Experience with project tracking
  • A working knowledge of Placemaking, in addition to a passion for exploring and creating thriving public spaces
  • Competency with Google Sheets and Excel
  • Basic familiarity with Adobe Photoshop
  • A degree either completed or in progress in an urban planning OR journalism related field is helpful, but not required if the candidate can demonstrate proficiency in the stated areas

About PPS’s Communications Team

PPS is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation, and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.

PPS’s communications team focuses on spreading the message of Placemaking around the world through our website, www.pps.org, along with various social media and other outreach channels. With tens of thousands of followers on social media and newsletter subscribers, we reach a large audience every week with new content on Public Spaces and Placemaking.

About Great Public Spaces

PPS is undertaking a major initiative called Great Public Spaces. A revival of a previous effort, Great Public Spaces highlights those places around the world that we remember most vividly, the places where serendipitous things happen, the places we tell stories about. We’ve asked the public to submit places and received a wonderful response. The first segment of the reboot launched in early January 2015 with our “Great Public Markets” section, and we’re looking to expand the new site to include all categories of places during the spring months.

For questions about our internships, check out our Internship FAQ.