The Urban intern will have the opportunity to gain an increased understanding of policies in a variety of American and European cities and regions; to hone web writing and online communications skills; to network with leaders in the government, business, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors; and to engage with DC’s vibrant public policy community.
The Urban and Regional Policy internship is unpaid, but offer an ideal opportunity to acquire substantive professional experience for those interested in a career in public policy or international affairs.
The Urban and Regional Policy program conducts programs in the follow topic areas. Interns will be responsible for helping to operationalize, plan, and conduct research in collaboration with the Urban team.
- Regional Planning
- Leadership Development
- Civic Engagement
- Urban Energy Policy
- Economic Development
- Energy Policy
Key Areas of Responsibility:
- Independently researching best practices in urban and regional policy in communities on both sides of the Atlantic;
- Keeping abreast of news items and developments in core programming areas and cities, and updating the URP website and blog with summaries of best practices, case studies, and relevant news items
- Writing and editing materials for the URP team in support of our ongoing programs.
- Tracking and monitoring project status and tasks to be completed;
- Updating the database of URP contacts;
- Assisting in the planning and implementation of small- and large-scale events and meetings; and
- Supporting program staff in the implementation of ongoing programming.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Excellent analytical and written skills and previous research experience.
- Strong computer skills and comfortable using Microsoft Excel.
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
- Creativity, motivation, and responsibility to independently complete long-term writing and research projects.
- Experience in web writing/design or online communications.
- Capable of working on multiple projects at once and prioritizing tasks.
- Knowledge of and/or strong interest in urban/regional policy and U.S. Federal and/or European Union frameworks for urban/regional policies and funding.
Start and Length of Internship:
- Preferred starting date: January 11, 2017
- Preferred time commitment: At least 25-35 hours per week, Monday–Friday between 9 AM to 5 PM.