Internships at the Department of Planning

Welcome Future Interns! 

The Department of Planning regularly recruits interns for undergrad and graduate students with an interest and/or background in a broad range of fields, including: urban planning, community development, community organizing, communications, real estate, environmental studies and sustainability, architecture & landscape architecture, historic preservation, community arts, public administration, public health, emergency planning and food policy.

We are also interested in undergraduate students in sociology, political science, statistics and social work who may be interested in a career in planning and students at any level in Geographic Information Systems.

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Image above: former interns present at a staff meeting. 

Why the Department of Planning?

This rewarding and valuable experience provides students with the opportunity to integrate your classroom knowledge with on-the-job training and the opportunity to explore a local government career. 

Your work experience at the Department of Planning will be:

  • Interdisciplinary - our team works collaboratively across Divisions. We want to expose our interns to the breadth of work undertaken by our Department as well expose interns to the functions of City government.
  • Tangible - our interns have a real impact on the communities we serve every day.
  • Substantive - our interns do meaningful, visible work, and walk away from the experience with a strong foundational understanding of urban policy and planning.

Our Commitment to Equity 

To help ensure that local government and urban planning includes and is shaped by our city’s diverse population, our internship program seeks to identify highly motivated candidates – with particular attention to candidates from the local Baltimore community – and a demonstrated interest in racial equity.

As our Department's Equity Action Plan notes, "policy and planning decisions created and exacerbated inequity and inequality in Baltimore City". Our work today must remedy the impacts of these patterns, which persist in Baltimore. Our internship program offers students an opportunity to collaborate with our internal Equity in Planning Committee and apply an equity lens to their projects.

We encourage applicants to review our Action Plan, our Equity Lens and our definition of equity prior to submitting an application to intern with our team. Learn more about our work by visiting https://planning.baltimorecity.gov/Equity

How to Apply & Current Opportunities:

Please send your resume and a one-page cover letter detailing your experiences and professional interests to [email protected].

Current/Upcoming Opportunities (Spring 2021 and/or Summer 2021)

Policy Intern 

The Department of Planning is looking for a Winter/Spring 2021 intern to join our land use team to assist with policy research around a variety of topics. We are seeking local candidates with a background or interest in urban planning, public policy, law or related areas. 

The focus of the immediate research work will be group homes, transitional housing, rooming houses and similar residential units. The intern will investigate how the zoning code or other related policy tools can be used to accommodate a wide range of housing needs, while not overwhelming neighborhoods.   

The internship could range anywhere from 6-15 hours per week depending on schedules and funding availability:

  • Graduate Student: $16 - $17.60 

  • Undergraduate Student: $14 - $15.50