Summer 2006 Internship Opportunities: Project for Public Spaces
Summer 2006 Internship Opportunities
Project for Public Spaces
Cover letter and resume should be submitted by Sunday, March 12 by midnight
to: Internship Coordinator, Arianna Martinez at amartinez@...
PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining public
places that build communities. We provide technical assistance, education,
and research through programs in parks, plazas and central squares;
buildings and civic architecture; transportation; and public markets. Since
our founding in 1975, we have worked in over 1,500 communities in the United
States and around the world, helping people to grow their public spaces into
vital community places.
For more information visit our website at www.pps.org
The three-month internship is offered to graduate students in planning or
related fields. We seek students who are passionate about preserving vibrant
existing public spaces and creating new community destinations.
In the past, interns have worked directly with PPS staff on projects like
concept plans for Houston's new Downtown Park, conducting placemaking
workshops with NJ Transit to turn their rail stations into community places,
researching the economic impact of farmers markets, and developing the
public space program for a mixed-use development in Orlando, Florida.
NOTE: All interns will be expected to work between 30-35 hours a week for
the duration of the summer. This is an unpaid internship, however three
summer fellowships are offered (see application below).
Currently resumes are being accepted for the following summer internships:
(Please indicate your preference)
Transportation: Our work has included simple streetscape improvements, to
analysis of complex intersections and major thoroughfares; from
transit-station designs to transit-oriented downtown plans; from light-rail
corridors, to mixed vehicle/transit streets, to plans for the street
environments of entire downtowns and commercial districts.
-Be passionate about transportation planning.
-helpful computer skills include; GIS, Illustrator, CAD, Powerpoint
-Interest in sustainable food systems and community/economic development
-Experience with public or farmers markets
-SPSS, Excel, quantitative and qualitative research skills
-excellent writing skills
Downtowns, Parks, Plazas, Squares:
-background in urban planning, downtowns and master planning
-computer skills should include; GIS, Illustrator and CAD
New Development, Mixed-Use:
-A design intern to help with drawing and design of new town centers. Skills
include Autocad, Illustrator, Photoshop, as well as hand drawing, and
-Knowledge of real estate development: a forward-thinking intern who wants
to work eventually in development. Skills include writing, research, spread
sheets and some understanding of the economics of development. This person
should be really excited about how public spaces can play a big role in
creating great new mixed use communities. Knowledge of transit-oriented
development and new urbanist communities a plus.
Community Revitalization & Development and Placemaking:
-skills in market research & writing
-experience or knowledge about public space management for real estate
- Working towards a Master's Degree in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Urban
Design, Landscape Design, Geography, Social Sciences, Architecture, etc.
- Ability to work effectively as part of a group, as well as independently
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills
- Prior experience in an office setting
Finally, we appreciate your interest in PPS, but due to the high volume of
applications, we will only contact candidates that will be interviewed. In
the meantime, please no phone calls.
Summer 2006 Fellowship Application
The purpose of the PPS fellowship is to encourage economic and ethnic
diversity in our organization. Students chosen for this scholarship must
demonstrate a genuine financial need. We understand how costly living in New
York City can be and intend the fellowship to be a living stipend for
students who wouldn't otherwise be able to work with us.
The fellowship essay due by March 20 should be one page and describe
financial need. However, please submit a cover letter and resume by the
March 12 deadline, indicating your desire and intent to apply for the