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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Community Development Internship - Village of Glen Ellyn

Who: Village of Glyn Ellyn Community Development Department. The Department provides direct staff support to the Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Historic Preservation Commission and Building Board of Appeals. Among other things, the Department coordinates the review and analysis of all development projects, maintains land use and building records, issues building permits, conducts building inspections, enforces Codes, handles development engineering reviews, prepares and oversees annexations and annexation agreements, and assists in the preparation of planning policies.

What: The Village of Glen Ellyn is seeking an intern to assist the Village until May 31, 2020 in the Community Development Department. The intern will provide assistance to the Planning and Development Director and Village Planners in support of the daily activities of the planning division and will work on a wide range of projects including assistance with development and zoning reviews, annexation agreements, Code updates and implementation of a Downtown Strategic Plan.

Sustainable Streets Summer Intern Program - SFMTA (San Francisco)

Who: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Sustainable Streets Division’s summer internship program

What: Gain valuable on-the-job experience under the guidance of experienced transportation professionals. Interns will participate in a variety of transportation planning and engineering activities including:
  • Designing and implementing transportation safety improvements and multimodal complete streets 
  • Performing community outreach and engagement, responding to community requests for transportation improvements 
  • Coordinating with other city agencies, contractors and communities on transportation-related projects 
  • Field trips and seminars

Transportation/GIS Internship - IDOT & DAMA Consultants (Schaumburg)

Who: Engineering, GIS, and Subconsultant for the Illinois Department of Transportation in Schaumburg, Illinois and DAMA Consultants, LLC

What: The intern will be assisting with work on IDOT’s data management of their traffic count database and roadways projects. The intern would be managing and working with the sub-consultant team (DAMA) at the IDOT headquarters to work on ArcGIS maps, coordinate the usage of traffic count data and maintain the data itself, and arrange the data once it is collected into ArcGIS, Excel, and other formats.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Policy Fellow - Institute for Justice (U of Chicago)

Who: The Institute for Justice Clinic on Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Law School seeks a bright and dedicated person to join our team as a Policy Fellow. Part of the Institute for Justice, the national law firm for liberty, the IJ Clinic provides free legal assistance for low-income entrepreneurs in Chicago and advocates for legal reforms so that entrepreneurs in Chicago have the freedom to pursue their dreams. For example, the IJ Clinic has successfully advocated to legalize food carts, to simplify the permit process for business signs, and to lighten the regulatory burdens for children’s play centers, computer centers, and home-based businesses.

What: The IJ Clinic seeks to expand its capacity for policy advocacy by adding a fellow to our team who is dedicated exclusively to supporting the IJ Clinic’s policy work. The Policy Fellow will work closely with the IJ Clinic’s two supervising attorneys and community relations coordinator to support and guide the IJ Clinic’s policy endeavors at both the city and state level.

This is an exciting opportunity to help guide the future of the IJ Clinic’s advocacy efforts through policy research and to provide our projects with the ammunition we need to change the laws that create unnecessary barriers for entrepreneurs. The fellow will have the chance to collaborate and learn from accomplished activists, strategic researchers, and legislative advocates throughout the Institute for Justice, while helping to lead policy research and work in Chicago and Illinois. The position demands someone who is hard-working, self-motivated, and entrepreneurial, has strong writing and analytical skills, and can communicate well with community members, attorneys, and policymakers. The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to the IJ Clinic’s mission and the importance of economic liberty and economic development.
The Policy Fellow will:

Transit Scheduling Internship - Csched (Chicago)

Who: CSched is a team of consultants with extensive knowledge in scheduling public transit, bus and rail, as well as analyzing operational data with the help of the HASTUS scheduling software (developed by GIRO Inc.). CSched provides consulting services to public transit agencies, school boards and private operators throughout the United States and Canada, with additional clients spanning the globe. CSched’s services include assisting private operators in developing bid proposals, assisting agencies in developing route timetables and driver schedules, evaluating agencies’ current scheduling practices, and helping to improve the “streetability” of schedules in daily operations. CSched also provides smaller agencies with access to HASTUS through our HASTUS by CSched service.

What: CSched-USA is looking to hire an intern for summer 2019 at our office in Chicago, IL. Under CSched’s training and guidance, duties for the intern may include:
  • Assist in data entry of transit schedules in the HASTUS scheduling software 
  • Use HASTUS software to generate reports and data exports 
  • Assist CSched staff in data analysis related to running time, cost efficiency, service quality, or other metrics as needed on a project-by-project basis 
  • Developing analytical tools using Microsoft Excel 
  • The intern will be working in a small office environment, typically with one or two other CSched staff. 

Research and Policy Internships - Heartland Alliance

Who: Heartland Alliance is grounded in over 130 years of experience providing housing, healthcare, jobs and justice to individuals living in poverty and seeking safety. Heartland Alliance’s Research & Policy Division engages in research on social issues and solutions, policy and systems change, and field building nationwide. The department is home to the Social IMPACT Research Center, Heartland Alliance’s Policy & Advocacy team, and Heartland Alliance’s National Initiatives on Economic Opportunity team. Our policy and research efforts strengthen communities, advance human rights, and foster equity and opportunity. The Research & Policy Department’s work is rooted in and informed by people with lived experience, and the experiences of our program participants.

What: Heartland Alliance has three types of internships available:

1. Policy and Advocacy Internships: Heartland Alliance’s Policy and Advocacy team has one internship available. At the state level, the team works to advance legislative and administrative solutions to poverty by drafting legislation, advancing legislative and administrative proposals, producing information to inform decision-makers and advance our campaigns, and building strategic alliances and coalitions to lift up an amplified voice to create systemic change. The team also weighs in strategically on national and local issues to advance the needs of Heartland Alliance programs and participants. Areas of expertise include health care, financial security/asset building, human services/safety-net, criminal justice, and workers’ rights. The work of policy interns typically includes research and analysis to inform policy proposals and shape advocacy; monitoring state legislation; drafting materials for external communications including fact sheets and reports; and supporting the team’s special initiatives and events, such as planning and development of annual hearings on poverty, and periodic convenings on financial security.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Events Intern - Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (Chicago)

Who: With 100,000 people moving into cities across the globe every day, the 21st century will truly be the century 
of the city. Humanity’s continued existence on this planet will rely on our ability to transform cities into dense, 
livable centers of innovation that reduce both land consumption and energy needs. In order to accommodate an 
additional 2.5 billion people in the world’s cities by 2050, the shapers of our urban landscapes will require guidance 
through access to expert research and resources that promote best practices for smarter cities. This is why the 
Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) mission is critical to promoting a better urban future.

What: Intern will Assist with the general planning and coordination of the annual CTBUH International Conference; CTBUH Global Awards Program; and numerous other events.
Additional responsibilities include:

Undergrad Regional Planning Summer Internship - Harvard Forest (Petersham, MA)

Who: The Harvard Forest Summer Research Program in Ecology is an opportunity for students to participate in 11 weeks of mentored, paid, independent research focusing on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global climate change, hurricanes, forest harvest, and pest and pathogens.

What: The intern will synthesize existing regional plans in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts, and in collaboration with two onsite conservationists and local stakeholders create a draft plan for the region.  The plan would be used by members of a possible/newly forming partnership interested in balancing land conservation, economic interests, agriculture, etc within the region.


Data Science Fellowship - The Data Incubator

Who: The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization.

What: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

New York City

San Francisco Bay Area


Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-04-01 to 2019-05-24.


Friday, December 28, 2018

Real Estate Internship - Jones Lang Lasalle

Who: JLL is looking for qualified interns to join our brokerage, capital markets, valuation and advisory teams.

What: This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced team environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of commercial real estate. Positions are paid and last 10-12 weeks long, from mid-May through mid-August.