Who we are:
DowntownDC BID is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, accessible, and economically and environmentally strong. The DowntownDC BID is a catalyst, facilitator, and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships, and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties, from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and North Capitol Street on the east to 16th Street on the west.
DowntownDC BID is looking for a Planning and Placemaking Intern (20 hours/week). This role will report to the Director of Planning and Placemaking. The BID’s Planning and Placemaking Department is responsible for collecting and presenting research on the DowntownDC’s infrastructure and improvements and working with DowntownDC stakeholders and DC government partners to promote policies and projects that support a vibrant, welcoming, and accessible DowntownDC.
The candidate will perform a full range of activities, such as; field research in support of transportation, infrastructure, and park projects aimed at enhancing biking, transit, walking, mobility, and public life in DowntownDC. Monitoring and researching applicable planning, policy, and transportation initiatives. As well as assisting with reports, presentations, project planning and logistics, and meeting coordination.
- Provide support to the Planning and Placemaking Director, Planning Associate, and Special Projects Associate.
- Assist staff in collecting and preparing data for a variety of planning projects.
- Conduct fieldwork and detailed project research.
- Prepare maps and planning reports of limited or advanced complexity.
- Research sustainable policies and plans in other downtown areas as well as understand the Sustainable DC 2.0 Plan, Clean Energy DC Act, and other related plans. Help to create and implement an action plan that the BID can use to educate members on new regulations and the resources available to meet them.
- Monitoring and reporting on current usage of public parks and open spaces with an aim towards engaging more downtown workers, residents, and visitors to use these assets.
- Provide administrative support services for BID programs as requested.
- 1 – 2 years of applicable experience or a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, or a closely related field.
- Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail.
- Flexibility and desire to work on varying projects to support the advancement of DowntownDC.
- Motivated self-starter with the ability to work independently.
- Proficiency with Excel and MS Word required.
- Familiarity with GIS and Adobe Creative Suite a plus.
- Strong listening skills are also required to adequately perform in this role.
Hours: Hours: 20 hours/week. Requires: 3- 6 months minimum commitment.
How to apply:
Applications must be received by September 15, 2021, to ensure maximum consideration. To apply please send a copy of your resume and cover letter detailing your relevant experience. Please send documents in PDF format and the email with the subject line “Planning and Placemaking Intern Candidate – Your First Name and Last Name”; for example: Planning and Placemaking Intern Candidate – John Doe.
Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity
As an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer, DowntownDC is committed to excellence through diversity; DowntownDC BID recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. Please note that all new DowntownDC BID employees must have permission to work in the U.S.; therefore, employment eligibility verification is required.