Job #48

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Title – Position:

DESIGN INTERN – Paid Internship


Santa Ana

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is seeking a Design Intern (paid internship) to provide graphics support to the Design Team in the Santa Ana Office. We are seeking an intern that is passionate, creative, energetic, and deeply committed to producing design and planning work that shapes and improves communities. The Design Team works collaboratively and across disciplines on projects such as large-scale master plans, streetscape and planting design, and downtown and urban place making. Our office is fast-paced and designers may work on several projects at a time.

This position involves designing, drawing, proposal and report writing, mapping, and research. The Design Intern will use technical skills to create illustrative and graphic materials for plan documents and presentations, and may assist with some administrative components of project management such as writing and formatting sections of proposals. Although this position’s primary function will be support, there will also be opportunities to participate in visioning, landscape design, and conceptual planning.

This internship provides invaluable work experience and the opportunity to: participate as a member of the Design Team; work alongside skilled professionals and leaders of the Company; hone technical skills; and build other skills related to design and drawing, planning, project management, proposal writing and coordination, and research.

Responsibilities Include:

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Uses technical skills such as graphic design, hand graphics, technical drawing, AutoCAD, GIS, and illustration that includes maps, 3D models, and renderings, to contribute to the successful completion of projects.
  • Edits, lay outs, and produces work products that effectively convey concepts.
  • Assists in the production of final products, graphics, and presentations.
  • Assists with writing, formatting, and proof-reading sections of proposals, statements of qualifications, marketing material, and project documents, with oversight from the project manager or other staff.
  • Assists at community meetings by preparing meeting materials, taking notes, and facilitating small group discussions (these meetings may occur on weekday nights and weekends).
  • Conducts research and compiles data as required by the project.


  • Currently pursuing or a graduate with a 4-year college degree (Bachelor’s degree) or a Master’s degree in planning, architecture, public administration, landscape architecture, urban design, or related field.
  • An undergraduate student who has one or two academic years remaining before earning a Bachelor’s degree; a graduate student during first or second year of the Master’s program.
  • At a minimum, must be able to commit to a 12-week internship.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required.
  • Proficiency is required using specialized applications such as: Adobe Creative Suite (with an emphasis on InDesign and Photoshop), AutoCAD, Rhino, SketchUp.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS is a plus.
  • Able to multi-task with project work and meet stated client-initiated deadlines.
  • Able to work in a highly collaborative environment in partnership with other team members such as planners, urban designers, landscape architects, economists, environmental planners, and other specialists.
  • Hand drawing skills, graphics skills, and sense of design.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.

Application Materials:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume (PDF)
  • Portfolio

Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB.


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