Internships on this site are posted for three months or until the posted deadline. There is no cost to members.   To submit an internship ad, email the description to [email protected] and place "internship ad"  in the subject field.

Posting requirements:  Ads shall be submitted in word, and contain no more than 250 words.  We are happy to add links and/ or one pdf attachment.


Planning Intern (Seasonal)

Genesee County

Title: Planning Intern (Seasonal) 

Union: Non Union  

Full-time/part-time: Full-time  

Open date: 12/9/2020  

Closed date: 12/23/2020  

Number of openings: 1  

Location: Administration Building - Planning Commission  

Position Requirements Salary: $15.30


Must be a current student pursuing a degree in Urban and/or Regional Planning, Resource Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, or Geography, Environmental Science and Sustainability or other related degrees.


Basic understanding of planning principles;

Competency in various computer programs;

Strong research and analytical skills;

Ability to work effectively in a team environment


Provides support to a team of planners. Collects data for planning projects related to transportation, community development, solid waste planning, and other various activities. Assists staff in putting together materials for public meetings. Conducts basic office functions as needed, such as data entry and file management.

Assists GCMPC staff in collecting and preparing data for various planning projects;
Conducts field work for data collection activities;
Prepares planning reports of limited or variable complexity
Assists planning staff at community meetings
Researches funding sources for future grant proposals

Posted: December 17, 2020

Planning Services Intern

Canton Township

Deadline to Apply: January 6, 2021

Pay Rate: $14.50 per hour

Description of Duties: This position requires technical/professional or programming abilities related to community planning, zoning, geographic information systems, forestry, and/or landscape architecture.  The primary function of this position will be to assist with tasks related to planning, zoning, GIS, tree program assistance, and similar tasks assigned by the Township.

Examples of Work:

  • Performs technical/professional or programming tasks related to planning, zoning, GIS, forestry, landscape architecture, and Planning Division operations.
  • Responds to telephone and email inquiries.
  • Assists in communicating and interpreting municipal regulations.
  • Reviews site plans and building plans.
  • Creates and edits application forms and internal procedure forms.
  • Uses GIS software to create new maps, edit existing maps, and assist with database management.

Essential Job Functions – Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Some college courses in planning, zoning, GIS, forestry, arboriculture, landscape architecture, or environmental fields of study required. A minimum of 6 credits in any combination of these fields. Twelve or more credits preferred.
  • Must possess a valid Driver's License with a history that does not create liability concerns.
  • Working knowledge of planning and zoning concepts and/or GIS is required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and establish good working relationships with public and other employees.
  • Hours will fluctuate with this position. Work hours are determined based on workload, availability, and budget. Employees in this classification are limited to 29 hours or less per week.

Please visit to view the complete job posting and to apply online.

Posted: December 16, 2020

Sustainability Intern

City of Grand Rapids


The Sustainability Intern will report to the Sustainability and Performance Management Officer and support a variety of job duties. The intern will be assigned projects within the scope of the five categories listed below and may be assigned additional relevant tasks as needed. There may also be opportunity for the intern to complete projects within specific areas of interest.


  • Graduate student preferred (at a minimum, completion of sophomore year of undergraduate degree)
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel (equations, graph generation, pivot tables)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to conduct thorough research that is professionally formatted
  • Developed organizational skills and ability to handle multiple projects
  • Attention to detail
  • Professional etiquette – punctual, reliable, respectful
  • Aligned with City of Grand Rapids values – accountability, equity, collaboration, innovation, customer service, sustainability

WORK HOURS: City Hall is open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Once hired, a work schedule will be determined based on the intern’s availability. Interns are expected to work 15 hours a week. There may be an opportunity to extend the internship through April 2021 depending on funding.

Dates: May 18, 2020 – December 11, 2020

Hours: 15 hours per week

Compensation: $12 – $13 per hour

Location: City Hall – 300 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 480

Reports To: Alison Sutter, Sustainability and Performance Management Officer

Deadline to Apply – Friday, April 17, 2020

How to Apply: Please email a pdf copy of your resume, cover letter, and three references (non-relatives) to [email protected]

More information can be found here.

Posted April 10, 2020

Planning Intern

Charter Township of Ypsilanti

Location: 7200 South Huron River Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Organization Type: Public Sector

Pay: $15/hour

The Office of Community Standards at Ypsilanti Township is seeking an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to work between 15-30 hours a week with the Planning and Zoning Department for the summer of 2020. The Planning Department assists residents, businesses, and developers with permits and development proposals to ensure projects meet Zoning Ordinance and the Master Plan standards. The Planning and Zoning Department provides expertise and information to elected officials, appointed boards and commissions, Township departments and citizens to assist in understanding and addressing key community issues and priorities. The department promotes and maintains a clean, healthy and safe community through education, cooperation and enforcement of our property maintenance, zoning, nuisance abatement and rental inspection codes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Reviewing applications for completeness, writing staff reports, and making recommendations as necessary.
  • Assembling the agenda, applications, and minutes for Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings.
  • Responding to requests for assistance or information regarding the permit and site plan approval process from owners, community groups, and realtors.
  • Assisting with development of educational materials, public workshops, and information sessions.
  • Assisting with other projects or programs as assigned by Ypsilanti Township staff.


  • General knowledge of planning and zoning and/or GIS (Geographic Information Systems);
  • Excellent organizational, writing, communication, and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong research skills;
  • Competency to perform field work;
  • Driver’s license

Apply online ( and send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to: Charlotte Wilson, Planning and Development Coordinator [email protected]

Posted March 2, 2020 

Part-Time Planning and Zoning Intern

East Bay Charter Township

East Bay Charter Township, an Equal Opportunity Employer, seeks a part-time summer Intern in the Planning and Zoning Department. Applicants must be current students or recent graduates pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Land Use Planning, Public Administration, or a similar field. The successful applicant will work closely with the Township’s Planner and Zoning Administrator. Located southeast of Traverse City, East Bay Township is conveniently located and offers a work atmosphere which values integrity, hard work and a friendly atmosphere. The township hall is located at 1965 N. Three Mile Road.

Please refer to the attachment or visit for a detailed job description and application, deadline to apply is April 15, 2020. Email Claire Karner at [email protected] or call 231-947-8681 with questions.

Posted February 12, 2020

Summer Planning Assistant

City of Big Rapids

Applications due Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Big Rapids’ Neighborhood Services Department is seeking a Summer Planning Assistant. This is a temporary internship position, working 40 hours/week for 12 weeks (total of 480 hours) throughout the summer of 2020. The Planning Assistant will support the Neighborhood Services Director with planning and zoning related tasks, while learning about municipal planning and the daily work of a planning department.


  • Assists staff with short- and long-term planning projects.
  • Conducts writing, research, and data collection tasks.
  • Prepares maps and other graphics to illustrate and inform planning proposals.
  • Assists with public outreach and community engagement work.
  • Provides general office support, including assisting the public, organizing & filing, and attending meetings.
  • Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.


The City will only consider candidates currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a University program in urban planning, geography, or a closely related field. Applicants should possess strong verbal and written communications skills, the ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently, and excellent customer service skills. Applicants should have proficiency with computer skills including Microsoft Office, Adobe suite (Illustrator and InDesign), and GIS and have a valid driver’s license.

EXPERIENCE - Entry (0-1 year)

PAY RATE - $11/hour for 480 hours.


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Melissa Hauger, Human Resources Coordinator, at the City of Big Rapids, 226 N. Michigan Avenue, Big Rapids, MI 49307 or email [email protected]. Call 231-592-4007 with questions.

Posted February 11, 2020