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Placemaking Project Intern

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) is seeking a paid, full-time summer intern to assist with several exciting placemaking programs and projects. The internship will begin in mid/late May and conclude at the end of August with a possibility to extend part time into fall. A minimum of 28 hours (maximum 35) of work per week is expected for this position and applicants must be able to work in the PPS office in New York City. 

This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with placemaking engaging in a wide range of program and project-related activities. Working with the senior program lead and the project manager, the candidate will be responsible to:

  • Help prepare materials and assist with community workshops
  • Help develop content for presentations and other deliverables
  • Research and summarize findings on specific topics
  • Maintain certain program-specific online resources
  • Take notes and compile summaries of workshops, phone calls, webinars, etc.
  • Write content for social media as needed
  • Assist with scheduling of calls, site visits and webinars
  • Travel and conduct site visits with other PPS staff
  • Assist with producing a variety work products including site plans, bubble diagrams, amenity lists etc.

Desired Qualifications

The position requires a self-motivated, organized person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills. Candidates should also be flexible and able to work well in a team as well as independently and with minimal supervision. 

Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of placemaking, community engagement, and small-scale improvements. They should be recent graduates or entering their final year in Urban Design/Planning, Landscape Architecture, or other fields relevant to placemaking. Candidates should be available to travel during the summer months. 

Ideal candidates will have:

  • Excellent communication, writing, and research skills 
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills 
  • A working knowledge of placemaking and a passion for exploring and developing thriving public spaces
  • Competency with Adobe Suite graphic programs
  • A familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) in a professional context
  • Knowledge of SketchUp and GIS a plus


In the application form, please follow the prompts to include your CV, cover letter, and selected works/writing sample (10 pages max) by May 1st, 2018. If you are a non-US resident, you must include proof of your ability to work in the US. 

Due to quantity of applications, we are only able to respond to those applicants selected for an interview. Please do not call or contact other staff with inquiries about the position. Pay is competitive to a professional intern/entry level salary.

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