The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

on Monday, April 25, 2011 |
Chester County Planning Commission Summer 2011 Intern Opportunities

Description:  The Chester County Planning Commission is seeking summer internships to perform Geographic Information Services work on several planning projects. Interns will work closely with staff from the Planning Commission to witness how a county planning commission operates and observe first-hand the collaboration that occurs within planning projects.  These opportunities are non-paying, academic internships. Both positions require a minimum of 28 hours per week service.  Applicants must be available for an internship with a minimum of 6 weeks

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume no later than April 1, 2011 to Chester County Planning Commission, ATTN- Beth Cunliffe,
601 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19380-0990

Project 1- Central Chester County Bicycle and Pedestrian Circulation Study
This project involves the gathering of data on non-motorized facilities, including trails, bikeways, bike parking, and sidewalks in central Chester County. The intern will develop data on the location and other attributes related to existing bicycle and pedestrian facilities using GIS.  The intern will help to compile the data into an inventory of existing conditions, which could include maps, tables, and text describing various resources.  Through this project, the intern will become familiar with transportation planning for bicyclists and pedestrians.  The inventory will be the foundation of a multi-municipal plan for bicycle and pedestrian circulation in the central part of Chester County. 

The intern will also be involved in general transportation planning activities at the local and regional level.  General transportation planning may include review of specific transportation plans or projects within Chester County and data compilation/analysis. 

Project 2- Penn Township Comprehensive Plan Update
This project involves participation on a planning team that is under contract to develop an update to a municipal comprehensive plan under the Municipalities Planning Code.  The intern will prepare and enhance a series of GIS maps associated with a municipal comprehensive plan.  The intern will develop attribute and shape files as the basis for this mapping series. Mapping will include inventories of existing conditions as well as plan maps.  The intern will be expected to attend several meetings with municipal officials as well as performing field work in the community.

Qualifications include:  Coursework in city or urban planning, geography, engineering, or landscape architecture.  Applicants must be proficient in using ArcMap software, including the ability to create and edit shapefiles.  Familiarity with the Municipalities Planning Code, comprehensive plans, zoning and subdivision ordinance elements is a plus.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to work collaboratively with staff.  A valid driver's license is required.