Now Hiring: Economic Development Intern

Smart Growth America’s (SGA) Land Use and Development team is looking to recruit a part-time winter 2022-2023 intern to support its economic development portfolio and technical assistance work.

About Smart Growth America

Smart Growth America is a national nonprofit organization that envisions a country where no matter where you live, or who you are, you can enjoy living in a place that is healthy, prosperous, and resilient. We empower communities through technical assistance, advocacy, and thought leadership to realize this vision of livable places, healthy people, and shared prosperity.

About the Land Use and Development (LUD) Team

The Land Use and Development (LUD) team at Smart Growth America is focused on how land use, development, and real estate can advance SGA’s mission and vision for equitable, sustainable development. LUD’s topic areas include real estate development, planning, zoning, development finance, climate adaptation, and brownfield redevelopment.

Position Overview

The Economic Development Intern will be a member of SGA’s Land Use & Development Department, reporting to Jordan Howard, Economic Development Specialist, and is expected to contribute to a collaborative team environment.

This position will assist in delivering Smart Growth America’s economic development
portfolio, including but not limited to assisting with innovative, analytical work, developing new
methods of analysis, assisting technical assistance engagements, and supporting projects across the organization to advance SGA’s north star: “a country where no matter who you are, or where you live, you can enjoy living in a place which is healthy, prosperous, and resilient.”

Knowledge and Skills

Interns seeking to work with SGA should strive to have the following skills:

  • Commitment to SGA’s mission, including diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Working knowledge of and passion for land use, economic development, and urban planning topics
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to display data, research, and policy concepts in a clear and relevant manner
  • Organized and able to fulfill tasks per instructions
  • Knowledge of ArcGIS and proficiency in G-Suite and Microsoft Office suite of tools, or similar, for document preparation (memos, presentations, etc.)

SGA also strongly encourages interns to apply with the following skills:

  • Knowledge or familiarity in visual graphic design editors (i.e. Adobe Suite with a strong preference for InDesign or similar)
  • Experience with policy analysis and literature reviews, as well as distilling academic analysis into more accessible language
  • Familiarity with key data sets, including the U.S. Census, US DOT, state, local, and MPO data sets
  • Knowledge or familiarity with descriptive and inferential statistics and statistical packages (SPSS, State, R)

Educational Background
Graduate students in Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, Public Policy, Sociology, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Key among intern applicants is an interest in economic development.

Compensation, Schedule, and COVID-19 Protocols

The prospective intern will need to supply their own computer and access to wifi. The intern will also be expected to commit between 12 to 20 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks in winter 2022-2023 (with the potential for a spring/summer 2023 extension) for a total of 240 hours. The intern will be paid a semi-monthly stipend throughout their tenure in the program at the hourly rate of $20 for undergraduate students and $22 for graduate students for a stipend not to exceed $5,280 for the 12-week period. All interns are expected to be insured by their school’s or personal health and/or liability insurance, as this internship program does not provide health or liability insurance coverage for interns.

SGA is based in Washington, DC, and is operating on a hybrid work schedule. Beginning mid-September, staff will be working in the office three days a week (Tuesday-Thursday), while generally working remotely the rest of the week. We expect that work will remain hybrid into the long term, and the specifics of that hybrid environment are currently being determined. Interns will be able to work 100 percent remotely or come into the office if they are based in the Washington, D.C. area. If an intern works in the office, they will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and a booster.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter where you specifically address the below three questions to [email protected] with “Ec Dev Intern” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

What interests you about working for Smart Growth America / the Economic Development team?
What key issue(s) in economic development will have the biggest impact on Americans, particularly low-income Americans and people of color, and why?
How did you hear of this internship opportunity?

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Smart Growth America is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. SGA and the Economic Development team are committed to building a diverse staff and strongly encourage applications from candidates of color.

Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.