Community Planning Assistance Team Internship
American Planning Association -- Washington, DC - Washington, DC

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The American Planning Association (APA) has an opening for an intern position at its national headquarters in Washington, DC. The APA is an independent, not-for-profit, educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

The intern will work primarily on the Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) initiative ( ), which is run by APA's professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The CPAT initiative provides direct technical assistance to communities who lack planning resources. By pairing a multidisciplinary team of expert urban planning professionals from around the country with residents and other stakeholders from local communities, the place-based initiative seeks to foster community education, engagement, and empowerment.

Responsibilities will include: assisting in the preliminary review of community applications, maintaining project databases, contacting community representatives to request information, online research, preparing Power Point presentations during the application review process, developing briefing book materials for CPAT Team members, compiling lists of news media outlets, assisting with media release distribution, writing and circulating emails for targeted efforts, and general administrative assistance. Other duties may include assisting staff on other APA programs and initiatives as needed, such as research on various topics and assistance on grant applications.

APA seeks graduate-level candidates who have an interest in community planning and engagement. Applicants must possess excellent writing, analytical and verbal skills, solid research and organization skills, a good eye for detail, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and an eagerness to learn. Applicants must be able to make recommendations based on their own analysis of each research task. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are a must. Since the intern will be responsible for compiling various reports, he or she must be very adept at lay out and formatting in the listed computer programs. The candidate should be extremely detail oriented.

Preference will be given to candidates who can continue the internship through this fall.

This is an unpaid internship. Hours are flexible, between 14 and 21 hours per week. Start date immediately.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and short (1-3 pages) writing sample via email to