Department of City Planning
Internships

Internship Positions

The Department of City Planning provides a number of unpaid (for-credit/or-experience) internships for both graduate and undergraduate students. These internships are designed to be part-time with flexible time frames so that students can combine them with a class or work schedule. They are available throughout the year.


There are a number of internships that are introductory in nature and on-going.  We fill these positions regularly:


Residential Permit Parking Program Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Convene a meeting to determine what streets are interested in being included in the Residential Parking Permit Program.
    • Identify and help train petitioners and verify petition results.
    • Establish the acceptance of inclusion of these streets with the permit district holders or lead community organization.
    • Perform a parking survey to establish that the area qualifies. 
    • Develop a briefing and present it to the City Planning Commission. 
      • From this they will help to draft legislation.
  • In addition, the intern will review questionnaire results from current permit holders in a Residential Parking Permit Program district to determine the continued desire for the program.
    • Attend a meeting of the lead community groups to make a presentation and obtain a resolution to continue the program.
    • Identify the existing impactors through field surveys of parkers and other available data and determine the existing parking needs and facilities.
    • Draft a recertification report and present it to the City Planning Commission.

Requirements:

  • The intern must be currently taking courses relevant to a planning career. 
  • Must be experienced in working with computers including Word and Excel. 
  • Some experience working with community groups.

ADA Compliance Intern

Responsibilities:

  • Review and evaluate complaints regarding ADA issues and requests for City approval of projects
  • Coordinate activities with the City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities
  • Follow-up on identified improvements needed on city facilities. 
  • Work on various accessibility projects.

Requirements:

  • The intern must be comfortable working with Excel, computer data management and analysis techniques. 
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision and have good writing skills.
  • Must be available to work Monday afternoons.

Zoning Counter Intern

Responsibilities:

    The Division of Zoning and Development Review is responsible for the review and approval of all development projects and property usage within the city of Pittsburgh. The application process for these projects begins at the Zoning Counter, where applications are vetted and processed.

    The intern will assist the Zoning Specialists in the day-to-day operations of the Zoning Counter which include:

    • Project research
    • Maintaining zoning files
    • Customer service.
    • Larger research projects are assigned periodically by the Zoning Code Administrative Officer;
      • Past projects have included development of informational handouts, comparative Zoning Code research, and historic property research.

    Requirements:

    • The candidate should have excellent organizational and writing skills and be able to work independently.
    • The candidate must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
    • Experience with Adobe Suite, specifically InDesign software, preferred.

    Open Space Planning Intern

    Responsibilities:

      The City is currently implementing its Open Space Plan (2013), a City-wide Comprehensive Open Space, Parks, and Recreation Plan.

      The goals of this Plan, which the Intern will help realize, are:

      • Develop sustainable uses, whether they be short-term temporary, long-term temporary, or permanent, for surplus vacant land;
      • Protect environmentally sensitive natural resources so that future growth and development can take place in appropriate areas;
      • Assure the equitable use, distribution, and connectivity of the City's parks, recreation, and trails system. 
      • Assist in creation of implementation materials regarding parks, greenways, and vacant land.

      Requirements:

      • The intern should be currently studying in a program related to Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, Urban Studies, Architecture, or Environmental Studies.
      • Computer skills desired include familiarity with Word and Excel, some design of promotional materials using Photoshop, InDesign or a similar program, and use of social media.

      Environmental Stormwater Intern

      Responsibilities:

        The Department of City Planning Staff reviews development projects for stormwater and floodplain consistency.  Our intern will be responsible to coordinate activities with the City of Pittsburgh and other entities, assist in plan processing, and develop outreach presentations media.  

        Requirements:

        • The intern should be studying or a graduate of a program related to Urban Design, Environmental Planning, Landscape Architecture, and/or Civil Engineering. 
        • Computer skills required include familiarity with Word and Excel.

        Land Use Policy Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Land Use Policy Intern will assist Department of City Planning staff with various processes related to land use and zoning policy.

        • The intern will research best practices in land use policy from cities across the United States in order to develop new policies and practices that will aid in the revitalization of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods.
        • The intern will conduct various surveys to assess current land use in Pittsburgh's neighborhoods and assist in the analysis of the results of the surveys.  
          • The surveys, along with best practices research, will help to guide new land use policy for targeted neighborhoods.
        • The intern will assist in various communication methods with the public.  
          • Various forms of communication will be necessary to successfully complete the projects undertaken including email, social media, mailings, community meeting attendance.
        • This position will focus on an ongoing community planning process called the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District. 

        Requirements:

        • The candidate for this internship should be pursuing (or have intent to pursue) studies in Urban Planning or a similar field. 
        • Excellent communications skills, preferably with experience in customer service and/or public relations.  
        • Writing skills, with abilities to convey complex topics in a clear and concise manner.  
        • Good research skills--experience with writing policy briefs is a plus.  
        • This position requires attention to detail and effective communication though should be comfortable with working with minimal supervision.
          • Setting up a work-plan with realistic targets is critical, and the supervisor will assist with this.

        Grantsperson

        Responsibilities:

        The City of Pittsburgh has been working to improve accessibility for people with disabilities. However many of these projects are very expensive and require additional outside financial support. 

        • The intern will identify funding sources for these projects, develop a work plan for activities which these funders would support and draft a budget. 
        • They will also process payments for existing contacts.  

        Requirements:

        • The intern must be comfortable working with Excel, computer data management, and analysis techniques

        Neighborhood Planning Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Neighborhood Planning Intern will assist the Department of City Planning staff with various processes related to community engagement and neighborhood planning. 

        • Developing a program and literature that will be used to inform the public on land use and zoning.
        • Research best practices in community engagement and neighborhood planning practices across the country
          • In order to develop programming and literature that will aid the department in better serving Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.
        • Assist in various communication methods with the public that will include: email, mailings, community meeting, etc. 

        Requirements:

        • We are looking for an intern that has a background in Urban Studies/Planning/Design.
        • Solid writing skills, with abilities to convey complex topics in a clear and concise manner.
        • Excellent communications skills and be proficient in any program in the Adobe Design Suite.
        • Good research skills--those with experience in writing policy briefs should submit writing samples.
        • Attention to detail and effective communication though should be comfortable with working with minimal supervision--setting up a work-plan with realistic targets is critical, and the supervisor will assist with this. 

        Specialized Internships

        There are a number of internships that are more technical in nature.  We only fill these positions if we feel the applicant has the background to perform the task:


        Art and Archival Internships

        Public Art Assistant Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Public Art Division of City Planning is looking for (unpaid) interns interested in working with the Public Art Manager administering the City of Pittsburgh’s public art planning and regulatory functions.

        Some of the projects the Intern may work on include:

        • Archive project files
        • Maintain an archive of artworks in the City’s public art collection, including photographs, project schedules, construction drawings, meetings, etc. and write up evaluations of each project, based upon established criteria
        • Research and document any outdoor sculpture and artwork in storage
        • Assist with Art Commission and monthly meetings,
          • Including agendas
          • Gathering appropriate agenda information to be mailed in advance of each meeting 
          • Writing meeting minutes
          • Updates on ongoing projects, and other ongoing communication
        • Research and assist in the application for grants for public art conservation funding, both ongoing and new initiatives.
        • Assist in percent for art strategy to expand legislation to encompass capital projects with any city financing, capital projects by any city Authorities, and public and private development.
        • Assist in completing and implementing the City’s ArtPLAN (comprehensive plan component)
        • Assist in planning and implementation of City’s temporary art program in Market Square
        • Assist in ongoing maintenance and conservation of extant artwork and monuments

        Requirements:

        • The intern must be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in a relevant field to art administration 
        • Excellent data management, organizational, and analysis techniques. 
        • Interns must be able to work with minimal supervision and have good writing and communication skills.

        Archival and Library Science Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The focus of this internship will be to assess the current inventory of the archival items retained by the Department’s various divisions in order to devise a departmental archival strategy. Archival items may include such media as documents, books, maps, printed presentations, and microfiche.

        The Archival / Library Science Intern will facilitate the following:

        • Identification of the items to be retained by the department based on interviews with staff in applicable divisions
        • Identification of items to be digitized, stored offsite, and/or donated to other City or non-City repositories as appropriate
        • Identification of which employees are to take the lead on each future efforts, based on consultations with department representatives
        • Recommendation of future phases to facilitate the preservation, digitization, cataloging, and storage of archival items in the next few years

        Requirements:

        • Preferred fields of study of applicants: Archival Studies, Library Science, Historic Preservation, Museum Management, or a similar field. 
        • Experience and/or studies relevant to the care, preservation, and conservation of artifacts are desired.
        • Good writing, research, and organizational skills; familiarity with the internet, digital imaging, and data entry would be helpful.

        Design and Architecture Internships

        ADA Architectural Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The ADA Office is charged with enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for all City and related Government activities and advising City businesses and residents of their responsibility under the law.  

        • The intern will review architectural plans submitted to the City and make recommendations regarding compliance with the ADA.  
        • They will also evaluate City of Pittsburgh facilities for compliance and make recommendations.    

        Requirements:

        • The candidate must be available to attend City of Pittsburgh/Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities meetings on Mondays.  
        • The candidate must have a solid working knowledge of software programs such as Access and Excel, and must have training in architecture.

        Design Review Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Zoning Division is charged with reviewing development projects for design compliance with the Zoning Code and for ensuring high quality, successful designs that improve the quality of life, compliment the immediate context, and enhance the character of Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods.

        • The intern will assist with the Design Review Staff in the evaluation of the architectural plans submitted to the City
        • Assist in preparing presentations for various internal and professional meetings;
        • Attend and participate in those meetings;
        • Assist in communications regarding design review; update or create handouts and brochures; and visit sites to gather contextual information.
        • The candidate will also provide assistance to the Design Review Staff as needed on a variety of tasks.

        Requirements:

        • Preferred candidates are Graduate/ Master’s level students in Architecture and Design or a related field of study.
        • Must have working knowledge of Adobe Design Suite (particularly InDesign) and MS Office;
        • Ability to read architectural drawings; and ability to work independently.  
        • Available for standing meetings on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. 

         


        Historic Preservation Intern

        Responsibilities:

        • The intern will assist with evaluating projects, reviews designs, and write Certificates of Appropriateness. 
        • Attends monthly Historic Review Commission meetings, 

        Requirements:

        • Considerable knowledge of  Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). 
        • Ability to enter data into computerized systems; communicate effectively both orally and in writing
        • Provide experienced customer service
        • Provide a high level of organization and be independent thinkers.

        Landscape and Graphic Design Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The City is currently implementing recommendations of its adopted Open Space Plan. The goals of this Plan are

        • To develop sustainable uses, whether they be short-term temporary, long-term temporary, or permanent, for surplus vacant land or open space;
        • Protect environmentally sensitive natural resources so that future growth and development can take place in appropriate areas;
        • Assure the equitable use, distribution, and connectivity of the City's parks, recreation, and trails system.  

        The Intern will assist in creation of materials to generate public interest and public participation for the Plan by:

        • Doing background research and benchmarking for various uses of open space. 
        • Assisting the development of planning documents, using graphic design skills will be a large component of the work.   

        Requirements:

        • The intern should be currently or be a graduate in a program related to Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, or Graphic Design.
        • Computer skills required include familiarity with Word and Excel
        • Proficiency in Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Sketch-up or other 3D Modeling software.

        City Bicycle and Pedestrian Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Bicycle and Pedestrian Office at the city of Pittsburgh is part of the team transforming our streets into vibrant and safe places for everyone to walk and bike. The intern will assist on varying projects within the scope of Pittsburgh's bicycle and pediestrian goals. 

        • This position encompasses anything from system design
          • Identifying routes and missing links
        • Detailed design of signage packages, bike rack locating, and intersection design. 

        Requirements:

        • Interns should have a strong interest in urban design and active mobility.
        • They should also be a current or recent student of Landscape Architecture or Architecture.
          • Applicants with a background in design who don’t have one of the mentioned degrees will also be considered

        Information Technology Internships

        GIS Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Department of City Planning is looking for an individual(s) who have completed some course work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or Computer Science. The individual will use their skills to work hand in hand with the department staff to fulfill their GIS needs. The intern will, among other duties:

        • Produce and reproduce maps and graphics reports and documents.
        • Analyze complex systems requiring coordination of diverse information and departmental
        • Establish and maintain records and prepare accurate reports, drawings, etc.

        Requirements:

        • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of Geographic Information Systems and of ARCGIS, Computer Programming either Python, Java, or JavaScript.
        • Proficiency in Geography, cartography, graphic design, and ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite.
        • Knowledge of hardware, software, and communications components needed to support and integrate GIS, Publishing, PC and data processing capabilities
        • Effectively use Windows Based PC’s and operating systems.
        • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
        • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, outside agencies and the general public.

        Zoning Board Computer Science Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The focus of this internship will be to assess the current processes for tracking Zoning Board of Adjustment hearings and develop solutions to streamline the handling of this data and reduce redundancy by employees working with thecase information. 

        The Zoning Board Computer Science intern will facilitate the following:

        • Identify the data collected and tracked for each Zoning Board case.
        • Interview employees that work with the Zoning Board case process at each stage to learn how they interact with the current software files.
        • Determine how existing programs might be consolidated into fewer programs, preferably using the Microsoft Office Suite.
        • Enhance or develop programs to eliminate redundancy and improve data entry and reporting interfaces.
        • Integrate and import historical data from any programs deemed to be redundant into those programs that will continue to be used.
        • Work with Zoning Code Administration Officer to identify reports to be updated or created.
        • Present a basic introduction to any new spreadsheet, database, and/or reporting features to relevant employees.

        Requirements:

        • Computer Science, Information Technologies, Software Management, or a similar field.
        • Experience and/or studies relevant to data management, task workflow processes, and relational database are desired.
        • This intern will be expected to follow IT industry best practices to prevent loss of data during this project.
        • Good writing, research, and organizational skills 
        • Familiarity with digital imaging, data merging, designing MS Access data collection forms and reports would be most helpful.

        ADA Social Media Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Disability Community is very tech savvy.  Communicating with them requires multiple outreaches with multiple accommodations. Currently the office is engaged in producing videos for cable television, has a LinkedIn account, a Twitter account and the web to communicate with the disability community programs the City is involved in (Click this link for videos). 

        • The ADA Coordinator Web Page has become the archive of information for the Disability community. 
          • Intern will assist in redesign of this page
        • The intern will draft scripts and oversee the taping of the television spots.  
        • Help design and update the new web page and web features. 
        • Engage the disability community through social media.  In addition we wish to improve our reach into LinkedIn and Twitter (@ADAPGH).

        Requirements:

        • Must be experienced in working with computers including Word and Excel. 
        • They should have experience in writing.  
        • They should have extensive knowledge of social media.

        City Data Intern

        Responsibilities:

        Many of our projects require data collection and field surveys to inform design and planning decisions. This internship would involve conducting interviews, collecting data in the field, recording and entering the data, reporting and presentation.

        Major Projects for 2015-16:

        • Business district research and transportation survey with reporting
        • Bicycle and Pedestrian counting and reporting
        • Parking data collection
        • Research into best practices

        Requirements:

        • Applicant will need to have productive research and reporting skills.
        • Applicant must have the ability to use GIS for research as well as mapping.
        • Graphic design skills and knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite is valued.

        Photo-Documentation Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Department of City Planning is looking for an intern to take pictures highlighting Pittsburgh in all it greatness to be used in reports and presentations as well as on the web. 

        • In addition the person will identify and create a system for the pictures we currently have. 

        Requirements:

        • The applicant must have experience using a variety of photographic equipment. 
        • They should have experience working on web pages.  
        • Preference will be given to applicants that have their own equipment.  

        Law Internships


        Division of Zoning and Development Review Legal Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Division of Development Administration and Review is responsible for the review and approval of all development projects and property usage within the city of Pittsburgh. The Division staffs the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and the Planning Commission, both quasi-judicial bodies.

        • The legal intern provides assistance to the ZBA by: 
          • Preparing for and attending hearings
          • Drafting opinions
          • Conducting legal research 
        • The intern will also provide legal assistance to the Division and Commission by:
          • Conducting comparative legal research
          • Drafting text amendments
          • Processing Zoning Certificates
          • Completing a variety of related tasks

        Requirements:

        • The candidate must have completed one (1) year of law school.
        • Course work or experience with land use planning preferred.
        • Must have excellent research, writing, and organizational skills.
        • Be comfortable with direct client contact and be able to work independently.
        • Available to attend hearings on Thursday mornings and early afternoons.

        The candidate should submit:

        1. Resume
        2. A brief, unedited writing sample
        3. An unofficial law school transcript.

        ADA Law Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The ADA Office is charged with enforcing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for all City and related Government activities and advising City businesses and residents of their responsibility under the law.  

        • The intern will review legislation and make recommendations regarding compliance with the ADA.  
        • They will draft advisory letters regarding issues around ADA and Fair Housing Compliance,
        • Draft legal memos on issues regarding City and related governments’ activities.  

        Requirements:

        • Must be available to attend City of Pittsburgh/Alleghney County Task Force on Disabilities meetings on Mondays.  
        • A solid working knowledge of software programs such as Access and Excel
        • Must have excellent organizational skills.
        • Good legal research and writing skills.
        • The candidate should be comfortable with direct client contact and be able to work independently.

        Housing Policy Legal Intern

        Responsibilities:

        The Department of City Planning staffs the Affordable Housing Task Force.  They are charged with developing policies to promote affordable and accessible housing for the City of Pittsburgh.

        • Draft these policies in accordance with State and Federal law. 
        • Draft and review legislation and make recommendations regarding adherence to these policies. 
        • Daft legal memos on issues regarding City and related governments’ activities.  

        Requirements:  

        • The candidate must be a law student or public policy/public administration graduate student with and interest in housing policy. Candidate should have good legal research and writing skills.
        • The candidate should be able to work independently and have great organizational skills.

        Land Use Policy Legal Intern

        Responsibilities:

        • The Land Use Policy Legal Intern will assist Department of City Planning staff with various processes related to land use and zoning policy. 
        • The intern will research best practices in land use policy from cities across the United States
          • Develop new policies and ordinances that will aid in the revitalization of Pittsburgh's neighborhoods.
        • This position will focus on an ongoing community planning process called the Uptown/West Oakland EcoInnovation District. 

        Requirements:

        • The candidate must be a law student. 
        • The candidate should have excellent communications skills. 
        • The candidate should have solid writing skills, with abilities to convey complex topics in a clear and concise manner. 
        • The candidate should possess good research skills
          • Experience with writing policy briefs is a plus. 
        • This position requires attention to detail and effective communication though should be comfortable with working with minimal supervision.
          • Setting up a work-plan with realistic targets is critical, and the supervisor will assist with this.

        Interested students should apply through the online site:  www.pghjobs.net.  If you are interested in any of these assignments, you must enter City Planning for the Department you wish to intern with.   

        Interested students should first register an account, and then apply for the desired position; click here to register and apply.

         Additional questions should be referred to Richard Meritzer:

         412-255-2102

         

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