Pratt Center Seeks Summer Interns (NYC)




Pratt Center is accepting applications from undergraduate and graduate students currently studying urban planning, urban policy, environmental sustainability, geography, history, economics, communications design or related subjects. Recent graduates and entry-level professionals may also apply. Students and graduates from all universities are welcome to apply, as are experienced community development advocates and organizers without college degrees.



1) Democratizing Planning

Responsibilities: The project assistant is responsible for assisting with technical support for our neighborhood rezoning and other planning projects and conducting research to inform citywide policy recommendations. Duties will vary and depend on community-based partner needs but may include conducting research and policy analysis, gathering and analyzing neighborhood and citywide data to inform policy recommendations and campaign development; conducting outreach and engaging in field work; attending community meetings (some evenings/weekends may be requested); development of outreach and educational materials for community members; and assisting in the development of report or policy briefs.

Additionally, the project assistant will also assist staff with the expansion and development of our democratizing planning initiative. This body of work seeks to develop resources that demystify the planning process and produce analytical tools for community groups, such as our neighborhood data portal; to improve data accessibility to better articulate local needs; and support campaign planning and development. The project assistant may be asked to conduct landscape reviews and best practice research on participatory and digital tools. Pratt Center is looking for a dynamic individual who can work with staff as a creative thought partner to advancing this body of work through project management and research.

Skills and interests: The ideal candidate is enrolled in a Master’s program in urban planning, public policy, public health, or a related field; is committed to economic, environmental and racial justice; is interested in community development through a participatory planning framework; and is familiar with and comfortable working with low-income communities. Skills and experience that are highly desired for this position include strong written and verbal skills, experience in community organizing or campaign planning, strong data management and analytical skills, and a proven ability to work independently and take initiative. The following skills are a plus: graphic designs skills including proficiency in InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop; GIS mapping abilities; and Spanish or other non-English language skills.

Hours:  28 hours a week (4 days a week)


2) Made In NYC

MINYC, an initiative of the Pratt Center, was created to support a vibrant manufacturing sector in New York City. Local manufacturing creates employment opportunities for the city’s extraordinarily diverse workforce and gives the city much of its character and soul. Pratt Center is working to increase awareness of manufacturing in NYC by developing the MINYC brand and related programmatic initiatives and by assisting companies in improving their marketing and capacity for growth.

Responsibilities: The MINYC Project Assistant is responsible for assisting the MINYC team with all aspects of the initiative. Duties will include but not be limited to:

  • Helping with communications tasks such as writing newsletters and posting on social media
  • Outreach tasks such as contacting manufacturers to verify their membership information and improve their listings on our website, interviewing manufacturing businesses for the newsletter, conducting factory site visits, and other  outreach as needed;
  • Collecting photos, video and other media from member manufacturers for inclusion on MINYC website & other platforms;
  • Research tasks such as identifying new potential MINYC members for further outreach;
  • Organizational tasks such as helping plan events and meetings for/about manufacturers.

Skills and interests: This position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student studying urban planning, public policy, public health, environmental planning, economics, business development, or a related field; or to a community development or small business advocate/organizer with a year or more of experience in the field. The ideal candidate has strong written and verbal communication skills; is outgoing, personable and comfortable speaking with a diverse range of constituents; and is interested in manufacturing retention and small business development. Skills in website management, graphic design, event coordination/management, and photography/videography are a plus.

Hours:  21 hours a week (3 days a week)


3) GIS & Graphic Design

Responsibilities: Responsible for assisting Pratt Center’s planners and GIS specialist with a variety of data analyses and mapping projects as well graphic design.  Duties will include gathering, analyzing and mapping socio-economic and demographic data (various US Census products) and assisting with data collection and visualization.

Skills and interests: This position is suitable to an undergraduate or graduate student studying urban planning, public policy, public health, environmental planning, or a related field who has had at least one year (undergrad) or one full semester (grad) of GIS coursework. Required skills include data collection, data management, and mapping; fluency with ArcGIS desktop; and basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite. Interest in community development, economic development, and data analysis is required. Fluency in Adobe Illustrator is a plus.

Hours:  14-21 hours a week (2 to 3 days a week)



The rough timeline for the internship is the 14 weeks between May 20th and August 23rd, with some flexibility within that time period (to be discussed with successful candidates).

The hourly rate ranges from $16 to $18 based on relevant background and experience.



Please submit a cover letter and resume to: Paula Crespo at pcrespo@prattcenter.net, with “Summer 2019 Internship Application” as your subject line. Cover letters should indicate for which internship position/s you wish to be considered.

No calls, please! If you have any questions, they can be sent to the email above.