The intern’s primary task will be supporting two PPS projects: our Streets as Places Campaign and Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC) resource development for a wide international audience.
Primary responsibilities will include:
- Producing case studies and resources on the concept of Streets as Places.
- Collecting images of great streets and public spaces.
- Assisting in research and data collection for great public space activation projects from around the world, with a possibility for field trips (in and around the tri-state area).
- Assisting in writing up resource documents, communicating with partner, and synthesizing information.
Other potential responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Preparing research and memoranda in support of PPS projects.
- Authoring and/or collaborating on PPS blog posts and EXPOSURE photo blogs.
- Participating in Placemaking workshops.
- Producing graphics and diagrams.
Position available immediately. Interns will receive a $500 monthly stipend.
Please send your resume, cover letter, a writing sample, and any graphic material samples (optional) to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Monday, February 9th. Please indicate you are applying for “Spring Transportation Intern – Streets as Places.”
The position requires a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication, research, and organizational skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Candidates should have a strong interest in and understanding of public space planning, transportation, and/or Placemaking issues.
Ideal candidates would have:
- Excellent communication and research skills.
- Experience with project tracking, project management, and/or reporting.
- A working knowledge of Placemaking, in addition to a passion for exploring and creating thriving public spaces.
- Competency with Google Sheets and Excel.
- Basic familiarity with Adobe Acrobat, In-Design, and Photoshop.
- Basic familiarity with concepts of community development and engagement.
- A degree either completed or in progress in a transportation, planning, or urban design related field is encouraged, but not required if the candidate can demonstrate familiarity with relevant concepts.
About PPS’s Transportation Team
PPS is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Our pioneering placemaking approach helps citizens transform their public spaces into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation, and serve common needs. PPS was founded in 1975 to expand on the work of William (Holly) Whyte, author of The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces.
Transportation plays a critical role in shaping our communities and people’s lives. When streets and public transportation systems are well-designed, they do much more than help people get around efficiently: they create special public places, help foster active and healthy lifestyles, boost economic development, and highlight local culture and assets. Our mission is to provide communities with the training, resources, and expertise they need to create great streets, transit hubs, and transportation networks.
About Streets as Places
PPS is undertaking a major initiative called “Streets as Places.” This initiative seeks to engage citizens, policymakers, and the transportation industry at-large to reshape the planning and design of transportation networks and streets to promote and support economic vitality, civic engagement, human health, and environmental sustainability, while simultaneously meeting peoples’ mobility needs.
More information about PPS.
About Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC)
The Placemaking Leadership Council (PLC) is a group of doers and deep thinkers at the forefront of the Placemaking movement. Founded in 2013, the Council was formed by PPS to strengthen Placemaking as an international movement and to establish a cross-disciplinary network for placemakers working in many diverse contexts.
More information about PLC.