This internship represents the first practical contact a prospective planner makes with the profession. It helps students gain valuable insight and practical knowledge useful in refining their educational and career paths.
The duties of a planning intern include providing assistance to a team of planners, helping the staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects, and assisting staff at meetings. Furthermore, he/she conducts fieldwork, collects parcel data, and searches land records. He/She presents report findings at community meetings. Also, he/she researches funding sources and writes grant proposals.
Qualifications for this internship vary; while some are open to undergraduates, others are intended for graduate students. Applicants must possess communication, research, analytical, and teamwork skills. You must have a basic understanding of planning principles. Also, you must be competent in various computer software programs. In this role, you'll make an average salary of $30,959 per year or $14.88 per hour. It ranges between $25,000 and $37,000.