Department of City Planning
Internships

The Department of City Planning provides a number of for-credit / for-experience unpaid 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.

Interested students should send a resume to:

richard.meritzer@pittsburghpa.gov

Richard Meritzer
Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

(412) 255-2102

We accept applications for every term at any time up to each term's deadline.  Upcoming application deadlines:

  • Summer 2013: May 6th
  • Fall 2013: September 16th
  • Winter/Spring 2014: January 13, 2014

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

RESIDENTIAL PERMIT PARKING PROGRAM 

The intern will convene a meeting to determine what streets are interested in being included in the Residential Parking Permit Program. They will then identify and help train petitioners and verify petition results.  The intern will establish the acceptance of inclusion of these streets with the permit district holders or lead community organization.  They will perform a parking survey to establish that the area qualifies.  They will 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.  They will attend a meeting of the lead community groups(s) to make a presentation and obtain a resolution to continue the program.  The intern will identify the existing impactors through field surveys of parkers and other available data and determine the existing parking needs and facilities.  They will then 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.  They must be experienced in working with computers including Word and Excel.  The intern must have some experience working with community groups.

ADA COMPLIANCE INTERN

The Department of City Planning Staff is reviewing City-owner facilities for Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance.  Coordinate activities with the City of Pittsburgh / Allegheny County Task Force on Disabilities; update of web page; and follow-up on identified improvements needed on city facilities.  They will continue to work on various accessibility projects.

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

ZONING COUNTER INTERN

 The Department of City Planning is responsible for approval of all buildings and property usage in the City of Pittsburgh.  Most of these approvals are routine and handled at the zoning counter.  The intern will assist applicants in filling out routine applications, research applications and questions and help maintain the zoning files.

Requirements: The intern must be comfortable working with Excel, computer data management, and analysis techniques.

CITY BICYCLE/PEDESTRIAN PLAN IMPLEMENTATION

The intern will (1) Perform field inspection of City Steps. The City of Pittsburgh has more steps than any other US City, yet a comprehensive inspection and maintenance program has yet to be adopted. Steps inspection data will be analyzed and paired with a community process to ensure accurate prioritization of repair and maintenance work; (2) Assist in bicycle and pedestrian facility design. The City of Pittsburgh has partnered with BikePGH in an ongoing assessment of routes for improvement of the network and provision of design services in support of new facilities; (3) Identify and prioritize end parking locations in the City of Pittsburgh. This will include varying types of “last mile” facilities and coordination with property owners for siting those amenities.

Requirements: Ability to work on independent teams in multiple environments. Research, data entry, data analytics, graphic design, and AutoCAD skills are all valued.

LANDSCAPE DESIGNER/GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

The City is currently implementing recommendations of its adopted Openspace 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; and assure the equitable use, distribution, and connectivity of the City's parks, recreation, and trails system.

To help in the implementation of the Plan, the intern will assist in creation of materials to generate public interest and public participation for the Plan; do background research and benchmarking for various uses of open space.  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 3-d Modeling software.


Increasingly we find the need for interns with an interest in communication to provide their technical skills. 

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

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 (http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/cp/html/ada_coordinator.html#videos).  In addition the ADA Coordinator Web Page has become the archive of information for the Disability community.  But this has been haphazard and needs to be redesigned.  The intern will draft scripts and oversee the taping of the television spots.  They will help design the web page.  And they will engage the disability community through social media.  In addition we wish to improve our reach into LinkIn and Twitter (@ADAPGH). Find out more here.

Requirements: The interns 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.       


In addition, as the City needs to look elsewhere for both resources and expertise, we are finding that we need accounting/ finance interns as part of the planning process.  We have two assignments specifically dealing with accounting/ finance:

GRANTSPERSON

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


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:

GIS INTERN

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. 

Knowledge of:

  • The principles, practices and techniques of Geographic Information Systems, and of ARCGIS, Computer Programming either Python, Java, or JavaScript.
Considerable knowledge of:
  • Geography, cartography, graphic design, and ESRI’s ArcGIS software suite.
  • Hardware, software, and communications components needed to support and integrate GIS, Publishing, PC and data processing capabilities; and of graphic data input and output 

Ability to:

  • Effectively use Windows Based PC’s and operating systems.
  • 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.,.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, associates, outside agencies and the general public.
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION AND REVIEW LEGAL INTERN

The intern will be researching zoning issues and case law, as well as processing Permits and Zoning Certificates. The position includes comprehensive legal research and writing for decisions and text amendments. The intern will be attending Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment Hearings and helping with the preparations for these hearings. The candidate will provide assistance to the Zoning Case Review Specialists as needed on a variety of tasks. 

Requirements: The candidate must be available to attend hearings on Thursdays.  The candidate must have a solid working knowledge of software programs such as Access and Excel, and must have excellent organizational skills. The candidate must be a law student and should have good legal research and writing skills. The candidate should be comfortable with direct client contact and be able to work independently.

ADA LAW INTERN

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, and they will draft legal memos on issues regarding City and related governments' activities.  

Requirements: The candidate must be available to attend City of Pittsburgh / Alleghney 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 excellent organizational skills. The candidate must be a law student and should have good legal research and writing skills. The candidate should be comfortable with direct client contact and be able to work independently.

TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE INTERN

The Department of City Planning for the City of Pittsburgh has a need for self-motivated individuals to:

A - Assist with integrated transportation and land use planning. Work includes development and revitalization projections to forecast future transit, cycling, and pedestrian access, organized within specific corridors throughout the City. This will be accompanied by infrastructure funding scenarios to weigh the cost-benefit of specific projects. Economic impact models will also be applied in consultation with the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh.

B - Applicants are also being sought to assist with developing presentation materials that “humanize” technical data, produce visualizations of future systems, and incorporate them into presentations utilized for engagement of public and other agency stakeholders.

Requirements: The intern must have experience using the Microsoft Office Suite as well as good graphic design skills, both manual and digital.

ADA ARCHITECTURAL INTERN

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.


Interested students should send a resume to:

Richard Meritzer
Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Or E-mail a resume to: Richard.meritzer@pittsburghpa.gov
Or Call: (412) 255-2102

City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning
200 Ross Street, Fourth Floor | Pittsburgh, PA 15219 | 412-255-2200 | E-mail

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