MetroCommon Summer Internship Program Metropolitan Area Planning Council - Boston, MA4.5 1 hour agoFull-time$18 an hour Apply Now Education * Bachelor's Degree * Master's Degree Skills * Web Design * Adobe Photoshop * Adobe Illustrator Description The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is excited to announce a new summer Program: MetroCommon 2050 Summer Interns. MetroCommon will be Greater Boston's next regional plan: a set of actions that local and state government can take to improve the region over time. MAPC's plan design builds on a foundation of data and community input and focuses on challenges and opportunities bigger than any one place: topics like traffic congestion, the rising cost of housing, our changing climate, equity of wealth and health, and efficient government. This summer we are seeking (3) graduate student interns to assist with the update and to support ongoing project work in our clean energy, government affairs, strategic initiatives/community engagement, and municipal services departments. Interns will participate in the daily activities of these departments, but also be responsible for tasks related to the regional plan update. This opportunity offers the chance to gain practical skills in a specific discipline as well as insight into how regional and local plans are developed. Typical duties may include organizing and staffing engagement sessions, finding, analyzing and synthesizing research, assisting with focus groups, and entering and analyzing data. Interns will receive mentoring from supervisors and MAPC's Human Resources department, take advantage of networking opportunities with MAPC Equity Team members and Council Members, and participate in group activities with the intern cohort. We're casting a wide recruiting net to the excellent state and private institutions in our region with the goal of attracting a diverse range of students, especially from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in the field of urban and regional planning. Visit our MetroCommon page to watch a video about our regional plan update process: https://metrocommon.mapc.org/stories/new About MAPC MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. Our regional plan MetroFuture, guides our work as we engage the public in responsible stewardship of our region's future. We are currently working on a successor regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together, which we expect to complete by 2020. MAPC's staff of 96 full-time employees is located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office. Examples of Duties Expectations- this is intended to be a general description of duties which will vary dependent upon intern's assigned department. The MetroCommon intern will: Have significant research, analysis, and writing responsibilities; Work directly with their MAPC departmental team to develop and implement MAPC's projects throughout the region; Research and draft memoranda on relevant technologies, policy issues and municipal programs; Help to staff stakeholder meetings as well as provide note-taking and administrative support; Conduct other activities as assigned to implement the work plan of MetroCommon 2050; Present a cohort-learning experience to the agency on a topic and format of their choice. Note: Occasional evening, early morning, and weekend meetings, and travel may be required. Typical Qualifications Applicants must be incoming or currently enrolled graduate students studying any of the following: regional and urban planning, clean energy or climate, public policy or public administration, M.Ed in community engagement, geography, or another closely related field. Strong writing skills, data analysis and research capabilities as well as M/S Office suite proficiency required. Previous exposure to regional planning or policy theory and practices through coursework, internships or other means a plus. Demonstrated engagement in the applicant's community or region helpful. Experience with software and platforms such as Adobe, Illustrator, Photoshop as well as skills in graphic and web design, and social media tools a plus. Eligibility: Consistent with MAPC's objective of promoting equity and career opportunity in the regional planning field and related areas, additional criteria will be considered such as whether the student: Identifies as a member of a group that is currently underrepresented in graduate programs and careers in planning, public policy, clean energy and closely related areas (e.g., African American, Asian, Latino, Native American); Is the first family member to attend college; Is from a post-secondary school whose graduates are sometimes underrepresented in the field (e.g., attended community college as part of the four-year degree or attends a predominantly minority college) To be eligible for consideration, applications must contain all of the following elements: Cover letter (one-page) describing why you are interested in the internship, what you hope to gain from it, and your career goals upon graduation; Current resume Writing sample Format: no more than 2 pages. A writing sample that contains a both descriptive narrative along with quantitative analysis, technical writing, or original charts, drawings, or graphics is preferred, but not required. Contact information from (3) references, including one from a recent academic/faculty member. Professional, rather than personal, references preferred. Application Deadline: May 6, 2019. All materials must be uploaded to MAPC.org/jobs. Please note that applications with missing documents may not be considered. Supplemental Information Compensation and Benefits: The rate of pay is $18 per hour for up to 30 hours per week for 10 -12 weeks (June through August). Apply To: Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an academic program to be considered for this internship. Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the USA. MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply.