The Prince William County Planning Office is offering year-round internship positions for assistance on various planning projects. We are seeking knowledgeable and self-motivated planning students for both short-term and long-term internship positions. The program offers an opportunity for students to gain an introduction to real-world planning in a municipal planning office. The PWC Planning Office is responsible for the review of development applications including rezonings, special use permits, comprehensive plan amendments, agricultural and forestal district applications, zoning approvals, zoning appeals and variances, public facility reviews, and long-range planning and mapping. The office also acts as staff to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historical Commission, Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee, Architectural Review Board, and the Trails and Blueways Council.
The internship position in the planning profession often represents the first practical contact a student planner makes with the profession. Successful internships yield valuable insight and practical knowledge for students as they refine their educational and career paths. Interns are typically more marketable as they search for permanent employment because of their additional experience in the planning profession and potentially receiving a positive reference for future employment. The length of the internships (from the summer months, a semester, and up to a year), hours per week, expected tasks, amount of supervision, and areas of specialization may vary.
An intern in the Planning Office must be able to work independently with direction from planning staff. There is a preference for graduate students in a planning program, but undergraduate planning degree students and those from other disciplines with a strong interest and motivation for planning may be considered. In addition, the following knowledge and skills are required:
There are a number of assignments and tasks that interns would be assisting on across the divisions of the Planning Office, including, but not limited to the following:
It is the goal of the Planning Office to hire interns that are able to assist with everyday tasks and assignments. All interns must demonstrate the ability to work independently with limited oversight. Below are specific tasks targeted for interns organized by Planning Office division.
Community Development Division
Zoning Administration Division
Current Planning Division
The Planning Office accepts resumes and cover letters year-round, and conducts interviews when the workload is suitable for hiring an intern. For more information on the internship program contact the Planning Office at (703) 792-7615 (TTY: 711) or email [email protected]