Planning Intern

The CUYAHOGA COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION / PLANNING SERVICES DIVISION is seeking a highly motivated planning student to work in-person this Summer at its Downtown Cleveland office in the Cuyahoga County Headquarters Building at 2079 E. 9th Street, Suite 5-300 Cleveland, OH 44115. This is a paid internship position with an hourly wage of $16/hour–$18/hour depending on education, experience, and skill set.

Classification Function

Under the direct supervision of the Planning Services Manager, the Intern performs work of a general and specific nature related to urban planning, zoning, design, information, and GIS.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to management and staff which includes researching, collecting, compiling, recording, summarizing, analyzing, and formulating data and graphics; preparing reports, conducting surveys, field work, and other basic planning duties. Assist in the preparation of meeting agendas and materials and assist in the follow-up as needed. Assist in GIS mapping. Ability to attend occasional weekend and evening meetings. Perform basic office functions as needed such as data entry and file management.

Current and Anticipated Projects

County Planning is currently working on a variety of projects, and students are encouraged to view our work on this site. Typical Plan components may include the following: Assessment of Current Conditions (Demographic and Housing Analyses, Land Use and Zoning, Employment and Tax Base, Transportation Networks, Public Infrastructure, Community Facilities, Parks, and Environmental Features); Community Visioning; Policy Development; Implementation Plan; and the Final Plan document.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

Actively pursuing a degree in urban planning, geography, GIS mapping or a related field.

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Basic knowledge of the principles of urban planning and GIS mapping. Demonstrable good oral and written communication skills. Competency in various computer software programs: Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, SketchUp, GIS, and online databases. Good research and analytical skills. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to provide quality customer service. Ability to occasionally work remotely, both independently and in a team environment. Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving skills. Ability to create graphic depictions and renderings. Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously. Candidates must possess a current and valid state-issued ID.

Remote Work

At this time, County Planning has an approved Remote Work Policy to provide greater flexibility to its employees. Currently, we require staff to report in-person to the office for work a minimum of three (3) days per work week. After thirty (30) days of employment, interns will be evaluated by their supervisor and may be approved to work remotely two (2) days per work week.

For other county employment opportunities, please visit the Cuyahoga County Department of Human Resources.