2017 Internship at Project for Public Spaces: Transportation Initiatives/Healthy Places

About us:

Project for Public Spaces (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.

The internship program:

PPS’s Internship Program provides a rich learning environment for students from across the U.S. and abroad. We offer our interns an opportunity to not only gain invaluable experience, but also to contribute to the work PPS does in helping communities build vibrant, sustainable places.

During the internship, students are introduced to PPS’ Placemaking approach and core principles through staff presentations and by watching the William (Holly) Whyte video, The Urban Life of Small Urban Spaces. As part of the internship program, interns are expected to attend at least one community workshop in order to gain experience facilitating a community visioning process. Additionally, interns participate in onsite observational exercises where they get hands-on training. These exercises teach them how to apply PPS’ various tools and techniques in an effort to understand the elements that make a great public space.

We are currently seeking Transportation Initiatives and Healthy Places Interns for 2017. At PPS, our interns will learn the fundamentals of placemaking but also be an integral team member in the advancement of our core work.

Transportation Initiatives Intern – Candidate will work with the Transportation Team, where interns will help to advance PPSs Streets as Places program and Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper database. Responsible for research and review of best practices, tools development, and some communications including blog writing, interns will be given opportunities to work on specific community projects and apply various tools. Some travel required.

Healthy Places Intern – Candidate will work with the Healthy Places manager to help generate webinars for each of 6 chapters of PPS’s 2016 Case for Healthy Places report. Responsibilities may include coordinating speakers, collecting content, and helping to disseminate invitations. Opportunities may exist for interns to have a role in presenting and writing follow up blog posts for this project.

Length of time: 5-10 weeks (to be agreed)

Location: PPS office in New York City

Stipend and housing: N/A

Project/Supervisor: TBD


Application process: Send a thoughtful cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Juliet Kahne at: [email protected]. Please include “Transportation Intern Spring 2017” in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.