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Project Internship

Project for Public Spaces is seeking an enthusiastic and detail-oriented intern with interests in design, management and implementation of improvements to public spaces and community destinations. Our Corporate Social Responsibility program focuses on working with communities to bring planning and design technical assistance as well as help with implementing physical and programmatic improvements to activate their public spaces with funds from corporate partners.

Nothing is more exciting for planners and public space designers than to see plans become a reality. Join our CSR team working on several advanced projects to help bring the local community’s placemaking vision into existence.

This position is for 20 hours per week for three months from March through May. Potential for more hours is possible should more opportunities arise, should it be agreed upon with the project manager.


Internship Tasks

The Project Intern will focus on several projects in our CSR portfolio, and will support the Program Director/VP and relevant project staff by undertaking the following tasks:

  • Support the design, layout, and installation of public space improvements in selected communities
  • Support the selection, pricing and purchasing of physical amenities related to specific plans
  • Support the development of programs and the provision of program-related supplies for space activation
  • Work in close collaboration with the PPS program team and local partners to develop and implement place improvement plans
  • Propose and help create an amenities catalog to be used in other projects and with other partners
  • Additional tasks may be added by mutual agreement.

Desired Qualifications

The internship requires a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent communication (written and verbal), research, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of urban planning, urban design, public space design, and Placemaking issues. 

Prior experience with public space design, public space programming, management, and operation is strongly recommended. Familiarity with common public space furniture and amenities is highly desirable. Knowledge of rendering and design software, such as Auto CAD, Sketchup, or Revit is a plus.

High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google suite is required for this position. Working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite, and Adobe InDesign in particular is desirable.

Reporting Structure 

The intern will report to the Vice President in charge of the CSR program and also alongside work the Junior Project Associate, the Vice President for Design, and other staff. Weekly check-ins will be scheduled with the intern to review their work, outline tasks, and chart progress.


Interns will receive a stipend for their work. The intern will have the freedom and flexibility to attend any and all events hosted by Project for Public Spaces including our in-house trainings. 


How to apply

Interested applicants should prepare a cover letter, resume, design or project portfolio (if applicable) and a short excerpt from relevant research paper or essay (no more than five pages) and answer the questions on this online application form.


Deadline to apply is:

Sunday, February 23rd @ 11:59pm EST

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Project for Public Spaces is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status.

PPS is committed to a workplace based on equal opportunity and a strong belief in the increased effectiveness that comes from a diverse workforce. To this end, PPS

  • Hires staff that reflects this country's full range of racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic identities;
  • Creates a workplace where true diversity is fostered and different perspectives are valued and freely exchanged;
  • Ensures that all members of the PPS community feel welcome and respected, and have equal opportunities to thrive and advance within the institution; and
  • Is committed to supporting low-income communities and communities of color particularly affected by social inequities.

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