About Project for Public Spaces, Inc.

Project for Public Spaces is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people turn their public spaces into vital community places, with programs, uses, and people-friendly settings that build local value and serve community needs. Founded in 1975, PPS embraces the insights of William (Holly) Whyte, a pioneer in understanding the way people use public spaces. PPS is an internationally recognized center for best-practices, information, and resources about Placemaking.

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

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Internships

Web and Social Media Intern, The National Center for Bicycling & Walking

Project for Public Spaces is seeking a Web and Social Media Intern to work with its subsidiary, The National Center for Bicycling & Walking, in establishing a social media presence for Centerlines (an e-newsletter) and assisting in migrating the newsletter from an email format to a WordPress platform. The position is part-time (10-15 hours per week) and will begin in early May and conclude in August 2014. Applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

The Web and Social Media intern will assist the Vice President and Director of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking and other PPS staff in:

  • Establishing a social media presence for the Centerlines e-newsletter, begun in 2000.
  • Helping to double the subscriber base of 5000 members while retaining the current open rate.
  • Helping to develop a strategy to connect different audiences under the PPS umbrella, including two conferences, two newsletters, and multiple trainings.
  • Helping to build a WordPress site for the newsletter.
  • Helping to create an indexed, searchable archive of newsletter content.

Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Twitter, Facebook, and WordPress.
  • Familiarity with bicycle/pedestrian planning, design, and advocacy.
  • Familiarity with Streetsblog, Planetizen, and other urban planning and transportation news sources.
  • An interest in promoting transportation equity and social justice.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Sound professional judgment.

Compensation: Monthly stipend

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to interns@pps.org with “Web and Social Media Intern” in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to contact applicants invited to interview.

Parks Research Intern

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a motivated, self-directed intern interested in parks and park management to conduct research, update information and articles on our web site, and help collect and update case studies. Our main goal for this project is to begin updating PPS’ publication, Public Parks, Private Partners, including outlining new chapters reflecting changes in park management and public participation that have occurred over the last 20 years. This position is part-time (a minimum of 14 hours per week expected) and will begin in early May and conclude in early September. Applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Update articles and blog posts on PPS’ parks site.
  • Conduct needed research to update Public Parks, Private Partners.
  • Formulate research questions/hypotheses based on research findings.
  • Research new case studies as directed by PPS.
  • Conduct site analysis on at least one NYC park (tbd with PPS staff) which will become the basis for a final project to be presented to PPS staff.

Qualified candidates will be students in planning, public policy, urban studies or a related field with an interest and focus on parks and park management (graduate level students preferred). Good writing skills a must, along with good communication skills. Experience in collecting information and writing case studies a plus, along with experience conducting interviews and surveys in person or by phone.

Compensation: Monthly stipend

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to interns@pps.org with ‘Parks Research Intern’ in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to contact applicants invited to interview.

Public Markets Research Intern

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a motivated, self-directed intern interested in public markets to conduct research, update information and articles on our web site, and help collect and update case studies. Our main goal for this project is to develop a greater understanding of the issues and challenges facing public markets internationally, especially in the developing world, to frame content and identify potential speakers for our upcoming 9th International Public Markets Conference in 2015. A minimum of 14 hours per week of work is expected for this position and will begin in May and conclude in early September (a second internship may be available starting in September through December, 2014). Applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Research international public markets and the topics/issues affecting their success or demise.
  • Formulate research questions/hypotheses based on research findings.
  • Identify and reach out to international public markets and market operators/developers to potentially highlight/invite to the 2015 conference.
  • Update articles and blog posts on PPS’ public markets site.
  • Assist in conference planning, as needed.

Qualified candidates will be students in planning, public policy, urban studies or a related field with an interest and focus on food systems and public markets (graduate level students preferred). Good writing skills a must, along with good communication skills. Experience in collecting information and writing case studies a plus, along with experience conducting interviews and surveys in person or by phone.

Compensation: Monthly stipend

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to interns@pps.org with ‘Public Markets Research Intern’ in the subject line. Due to the high volume of applications, we are only able to contact applicants invited to interview.

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