is the federal planning agency for the National Capital Region. NCPC preserves and enhances the extraordinary historical, cultural, and natural resources and federal assets of the National Capital Region to support the needs of the federal government and enrich the lives of the region’s visitors, workers, and residents. The 12-member Commission meets monthly to adopt, approve, or provide advice on plans and projects that impact the nation’s capital and surrounding areas.
NCPC considers applications year-round from eligible students interested in a potential internship. While student internships at NCPC are unpaid, students gain experience in the federal planning and policymaking environment while working alongside NCPC staff. In addition to working in an office environment, interns also gain field experience by conducting walk-throughs and site visits throughout the nation’s capital. To be considered for this program, students must meet certain program eligibility requirements such as a minimum of half-time current enrollment in an accredited institution, as well as any specific skills indicated below:
The Physical Planning Division is seeking interns to perform comprehensive technical research analysis, and assist with graphic and presentation work in landscape architecture, architecture, and/or urban planning matters. Education in these or related fields and strong organizational, technical, and research skills; proficiency with CAD/GIS and Adobe Creative Suite is highly preferred. This division conducts planning and design work to address executive and legislative directives, emerging issues, or implementation of Commission policies focused on physical features or a specific geography. Interns may support the National Mall Streetscape Manual Update and/or Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative.
The Policy and Research Division is seeking an intern to participate in several planning, research, and urban design activities that may involve the Smart Cities Initiative, Comprehensive Plan, Viewshed Studies, and Commemoration. This division researches critical issues and opportunities facing the National Capital Region. It evaluates policy options and priorities, and works on the congressionally mandated Comprehensive Plan and Federal Capital Improvements Program.
The Office of Public Engagement is seeking an intern to assist with the planning and execution of public events and outreach, to include social media, media releases, and Commission materials, as well as to research topics involving urban planning and design such as flooding, commemoration, and parks. This division coordinates outreach and participation on all aspects of NCPC’s initiatives and activities with the public and media, and fosters partnerships to address planning challenges in the National Capital Region.
How to Apply:
For consideration, submit your resume and cover letter in PDF format to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Your cover letter should indicate your academic course of study and your specific NCPC interests, including the division
to which you seek assignment if accepted for an internship with the NCPC. Writing samples and/or portfolios showcasing your strengths are appreciated.