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Title – Position:

2020 SUMMER INTERN (Paid Internship) – Part time


Santa Ana, CA

About PlaceWorks:

Based in California, PlaceWorks is one of the premier planning, design, and environmental services firms in the U.S. The firm’s expertise and services span a wide range of practices, including city planning, urban design, landscape architecture, environmental review, GIS, and community participation. Our interdisciplinary, holistic approach integrates sustainability, economic vitality, community goals, and collaboration with our clients in the planning and design process. We are passionate about our work and together with our clients, will continue to create great places. Learn more about the work we do and how we do it at:

Job Description:

PlaceWorks is searching for interns to join our Santa Ana office for the 2020 Summer Internship Program! This is a part-time, paid internship during the summer months, with the potential to continue during the academic year. The ideal candidate is creative, proactive, collaborative, outgoing, and passionate about helping shape and improve communities and the environment. Under the guidance of a project manager who serves as a mentor, interns apply planning knowledge and technical skills to complete components of planning projects and will learn a combination of skills related to policy writing, land use planning/design principles, CEQA analysis, working with socioeconomic data, project management, and report preparation. Projects can include general and specific plans, master plans, zoning, policy planning, urban revitalization/infill, transportation projects, and local/regional transportation plans, as well as community engagement and environmental review.

You may be a fit if:

  • You love planning for the future of communities and making a difference with your work.
  • You’re looking for an exciting opportunity to gain invaluable experience with real-world projects and exposure and diverse skills building related to each of PlaceWorks major practice areas (Planning, Design, and Environmental).
  • You enjoy a mix of collaborative teamwork as well as independent research and analysis.
  • You have strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills and aren’t afraid to ask questions.
  • You have excellent writing, formatting, and proofreading skills and are detail-oriented.
  • Engaging with the public excited you, and you’re willing to jump-in to help with outreach efforts.
  • You enjoy using your technical skills to assist in the creation of maps, plan documents, proposals, and presentations.
  • You’re a skilled researcher and enjoy analyzing and compiling research and data as required by a project.
  • Multi-tasking is second nature and you can product project documents and work products by stated deadlines.
  • You’re familiar and experienced with Adobe Creative Suite and/or ArcGIS.


  • A current graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in urban, regional, environmental, or natural resource planning.
  • Must be able to work 30 hours per week during the summer months. The internship duration is 12 – 14 weeks.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

Application Materials:

Please submit your cover letter, resume, and writing and/or design samples as a single PDF. Total e-mail size, including attachments, must not be larger than 10 MB.


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PlaceWorks is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. All employment decisions at PlaceWorks are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military and veteran status, physical or mental disability, or any other status covered by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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