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Planning Intern temporary part-time

Company name
Law Department & City Attorney of Austin

$16.95 per hour

Austin, TX

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Minimum Qualifications

Enrollment in an accredited college or university with major coursework in Planning, Architecture, Geography, Social Science, Landscape Architecture, or related field. Must possess academic performance that is considered in good academic standing by college/university standards.

Notes to Applicants

The Planning and Zoning Department is seeking a part-time summer intern (undergraduate or graduate) to assist with one or more of the following on-going department initiatives including: Historic Preservation, Urban Design, and/or Long Range Planning. Tasks may include research, analysis, public involvement support, mapping, field survey support, document development and layout, and other support duties.

The structure of the internship is flexible, but we look for interns to devote 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of 2 1/2 months over the summer.

A detailed, complete online City of Austin employment application is required to help us better evaluate your qualifications.

The following must be submitted along with your application to be considered for this internship:

A one-page cover letter explaining your interest in the internship with the Planning and Zoning Department’s Comprehensive Planning Division.

A one-page resume of previous professional and/or volunteer experience.

Employment history dates must include month and year. Please verify that the employment history, dates, month, and year, on your resume exactly match the online employment application.

Pay Range

$16.95 per hour




, Monday through Friday, Flexible, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional hours evenings and/or weekends may be required based on business needs.

Job Close Date


Type of Posting



Planning and Zoning


Temporary (No benefits)

Grant Funded or Pooled Position

Not Applicable




505 Barton Springs Road; Austin, Texas; 78704

Preferred Qualifications

• Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel.

• Experience using


, MS Access, MS PowerPoint, Word, Excel and Outlook

• Experience using quantitative and qualitative methods of analysis.

• Experience working with the public through community building, organizing, or customer service activities.

• Strong communication skills including professional phone and e-mail conduct.

• Well organized and detail oriented.

• Willing to take direction from experienced professionals.

• Knowledge of local Austin area planning issues.

• Knowledge, skills, or experience related to historic preservation

• Knowledge, skills, or experience related to urban design.

• Academic performance that is considered in good academic standing by college/university standards.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Researches and reviews urban land development proposals and studies. Provides research information to more senior level planners as requested.

2. Reviews preliminary site plans and prepares comments for zoning, land use, annexation, and variance cases.

3. Meets with members of the public, developers, and other city officials to respond to questions that are relevant to a specific planning area or to planning in general.

4. Provides technical planning assistance to the general public, developers and other city officials.

5. Prepares reports and make presentations at public hearings regarding land use and other planning related initiatives.

6. Reviews subdivision plats and site plans for compliance with local regulations and ordinances.

7. Compiles data/information for reports and cost estimates.

8. Analyzes data to discover patterns and/or discrepancies.

9. Documents data and findings on appropriate forms/logs.

10. Draws plans, diagrams, graphs, tables, charts, and maps using drafting and drawing tools.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised: None

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

Knowledge of computer mapping and graphics technology.

Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (


Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.

Skill in using computers and related software.

Skill in data analysis and problem solving.

Skill in planning and organizing.

Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret applicable research data and presenting it in a clear and concise manner.

Ability to explain and enforce City policies.

Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.

Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other city employees and the public.

Company info

Law Department & City Attorney of Austin
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Company Profile
The mission of the Law Department is to provide quality legal services to the City of Austin so that it can govern lawfully with the highest level of integrity and serve the community effectively. As the chief legal advisor for the City, the Law Department provides legal advice and representation to the Mayor, City Council, City Officers, City Manager, city departments, boards, and commissions of the City.

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