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. We hire equally, regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, or Veteran status.


PPS Writer & Communications Associate

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a full-time writer to serve as a key member of the Communications Team. This permanent position will begin as a 3-month contract, with the possibility of renewal pending review.

Primary responsibilities of this position:

  • Develop, write, and/or re-purpose content for a variety of PPS materials and publications, including articles, blog posts, newsletters, and marketing materials (in general, one full-length piece per week)
  • Conduct interviews of PPS staff, clients, partners and experts to develop interesting narratives on various topics and translate that information into captivating and concrete storytelling
  • Assist Communications team with other administrative responsibilities as needed


  • At least 2-3 years of professional writing experience, preferably in the context of placemaking, public space, and related topics
  • Strong written communication skills; ability to structure and write clear, articulate, and persuasive content
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail; openness to feedback
  • Proven ability to learn quickly, work independently, meet multiple deadlines, and perform under pressure

Starting salary for this position will be 45,000-50,000, depending on experience

To apply:

Please send cover letter and résumé, along with 2-3 writing samples, to Annah MacKenzie amackenzie@pps.org by January 31, 2017, with “Application: PPS Writer” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

*Optional: Include in the application packet a pitch for an original article relating to a contemporary issue surrounding placemaking and public space.


PPS Communications Internship

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking an intern to assist on our Communications Team. This internship will primarily focus on social media content and management, as well as contribute occasional writing and research for our online resources – the intern will not be working on PPS projects.

The internship will begin in February and last for 3 months (with potential to extend). Applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Drafting and posting daily social media content for PPS accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn
  • Researching, drafting content, and sourcing images for our Great Public Spaces resource page, as well as others, as needed
  • Helping to organize and manage PPS’s vast image database
  • Assisting the Communications team with other administrative responsibilities as needed
  • Occasionally drafting content for the PPS blog

Desired Qualifications:

The position requires a self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented person with excellent knowledge of social media best practices in a professional context, as well as writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills. The candidate should also be able to work independently with minimal supervision, while being able to contribute to and communicate with a team. Writing ability should be at a professional level, and the candidate should have some knowledge of WordPress or similar CMS.

Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of current issues facing cities and public space. Candidates should be full-time university students pursuing either a degree in communications or non-profit management, or, an urban studies design/planning degree. We will also consider recent graduates.

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 WordPress sites is a plus

How to Apply:

Please send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample related to urban issues/topics to jkahne@pps.org by close of business on Friday, January 27th. Please address the letter to Juliet Kahne and use “Social Media Internship – Application” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For general questions about our internships, refer to our Internship FAQ.