Internships & Fellowships

PSPD FELLOWSHIPS AND INTERNSHIPS

Pratt’s PSPD is committed to helping students make the most of their education through internships with local, community-based organizations, governmental institutions, and private sector entities. Standing opportunities exist with a variety of organizations, while many other opportunities vary per semester. Current students should speak to Internship Coordinator Lacey Tauber about opportunities, credit options, and the possibility of receiving Federal Workstudy money for non-profit internships. Other sources of information on internships include weekly emails sent to students with job and internship listings, and the Pratt Center for Career and Professional Development.  Courses run at night to provide students with maximum flexibility to pursue these opportunities. The PSPD’s practitioner-faculty provide superb contacts and references.

Fellowships 

These (nearly 30) positions involve one-year commitments associated with scholarships or other forms of financial support.  The Fellowships are highly competitive and provide a unique opportunity for hands-on experience.  The Department screens potential applicants who then must submit their resume and be interviewed for the positions.

Pratt Center for Community Development         

The Pratt Center Fellowship program offers up to ten selected students a unique opportunity to work and learn at the Pratt Center, as we strive to create a more just, equitable and sustainable city for all New Yorkers. The Pratt Center is a dynamic organization with a rich history, dedicated to working with communities as they strive to define and realize their futures and to ensure that City, State and Federal policies create a climate in which they can do so. The Pratt Center’s projects are ever changing; no semester is exactly like the last one. Fellows are appointed from among fall semester applicants at the start of each academic year.  (Up to ten fellows; first year students.)

Community Planning Fellowships                  

Pratt PSPD participates in the Fund for the City of New York (FCNY’s) Community Planning Fellowship Program in the outer boroughs of Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Queens. The FCNY Fellowship combines work in the offices of community boards with a seminar component that explores key issues in community planning. The program has a dual purpose: (1) to enhance the capacity of community boards to undertake planning activities, and (2) to impart on the next generation of planners an acute appreciation of local government and community perspective. (Up to six Fellows; second year students)

The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance                       

NYC-EJA is an umbrella organization comprised of member groups based in low-income communities throughout New York City. Member organizations coalesce around specific issues that threaten the ability for communities of color to thrive. Up to six students are paired with member organizations for yearlong fellowships.  Up to another three students work directly with NYC-EJA, often with regard to technical support such as GIS.  (Up to nine fellows; first or second year students)

See 2013 – 2014 NYC-EJA Fellows

SAVI (Spatial Analysis & Visualization Initiative)

SAVI is co-sponsored by the Pratt Center, the PSPD, ComD (the graduate Communications Design Program), and the Office of the Provost.  It foresees a round-the-clock GIS service center and research lab open to community-based planners as well as students and faculty.  Right now, SAVI is operating on a “virtual” basis out of the PSPD offices.  This January, the facility should be ready and operational.  Up to three students with existing experience if not expertise in GIS will work with SAVI in its initial year of operation, starting now.  (Up to four fellows; first or second year students)

Green Infrastructure Fellowships

Sponsored by the Urban Environmental Systems Management program, and linked to the 2012 NYC Department of Environmental Protection Green Infrastructure Grant award, these fellowships are a semester long and focus on maintenance, monitoring, research and outreach regarding our funded GI projects.  Students will have the opportunity to work with UESM faculty, GI contractors and the Institute’s facilities department. To become a GI fellow, send a letter of intent and resume to UESM Coordinator Jaime Stein, jstein9@pratt.edu. 

See Fall 2012 GI Fellows

See Spring 2013 GI Fellows

See Fall 2013 GI Fellows

Standing Internships 

These vary from one-semester to one-year in duration. The PSPD will make recommendations to the organization, which then will interview the candidates.  These are highly competitive positions in that most of the organizations do not take on more than one or several interns in a given semester, if any.  These opportunities are also associated with scholarships or other forms of support.

Pratt Center for Sustainable Design Studies                                       

CSDS serves as a physical and virtual hub for Pratt’s commitment to educate environmentally responsible citizens. CSDS encourages the use of Pratt’s campus as a living laboratory linking the classroom to campus initiatives. CSDS houses a materials research center that supports faculty, students and alumni in the integration of sustainability into their professional lives. CSDS is also the home of the Pratt Design Incubator for Sustainable Innovation founded in 2002.

The Municipal Art Society                                                                      

The MAS advocates for a more livable New York, seeking to encourage intelligent urban planning, design, and preservation. MAS has fostered the creation of many public institutions that serve to maintain the culture and diversity of New York City.

Project for Public Spaces                                                                       

PPS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Founded in 1975, PPS embraces the insights of William (Holly) Whyte, a pioneer in understanding the way people use public spaces. Today, PPS has become an internationally recognized center for best practices, information, and resources about Placemaking. Interns will play an integral role in placing PPS at the forefront of the Placemaking movement. Interns should have superior writing skills and should be well versed in issues facing contemporary planning (sustainability, infrastructure, health and wellness, public transit, etc.). (Up to one fellow; first or second year student.)

The Regional Plan Association                                                                            

The RPA is America’s oldest and most distinguished independent urban research and advocacy group. RPA prepares long range plans and policies to guide growth and development of the NY / NJ / CT metropolitan area. RPA’s current work is aimed largely at implementing the ideas put forth in the Third Regional Plan, with efforts focused in five project areas: community deign, open space, transportation, workforce and the economy, and housing. There is a rolling GIS internship program, where interns will use ArcGIS software on a range of planning, research, and advocacy work. Additionally, other internship positions may be available based on current RPA projects and partnerships.

The Architects Newspaper                                                                   

The Architects newspaper emerged from the desire for a publication speaking directly to the profession. Combining timeliness with authority, The Architects Newspaper is the most comprehensive source of information on the latest projects and commissions, unfolding politics and debate, current events, and cultural developments related to architecture with an emphasis on the tri-state region.  The founder of the Architects Newspaper is William Menking, a full-time professor in the PSPD. 

The Mayor’s Office of Long Term Planning & Sustainability     

This office was set up by local law in 2006 just prior to the release of the first PlaNYC 2030.  The role of OLTPS is to promote the integration of the City’s sustainability goals into “the work of City agencies and the lives of New Yorkers.”  OLTPS works with many City agencies to develop, implement and track the progress of PlaNYC.

S.W.I.M. Coalition                                                                          

The Storm Water Infrastructure Matters Coalition is a collection of community water quality advocates and green infrastructure professionals “dedicated to ensuring swimmable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable storm water management practices”.  The S.W.I.M. coalition is a great experience for those interested in policy and grassroots advocacy.   

 

Other Internship Opportunities 

The above lists represent the internship opportunities that the PSPD has forged with organizations over several semesters of collaboration, as well as the PSPD’s own graduate assistantship needs. The following is a partial list of other organizations that PSPD students have interned with recently.  The PSPD has been successful in helping some but not most of the students with obtaining financial support in connection with their work.

Civic Organizations

Creative Time

Center for Health, the Environment, and Justice

Center for Urban Pedagogy

Design Trust for Public Space

DoCoMoMo

GrowNYC

International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Living City Block

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

New York Landmarks Conservancy

New York Preservation Archive Project

New Yorkers for Parks

RESTORE

Sustainable Long Island

Transportation Alternatives

World Monuments Fund

 

Community-Based Organizations

Bedford-Stuyvesant Gateway Business Improvement District

Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Project

Church Avenue Business Improvement District

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

El Puente

Fifth Avenue Committee

Fourth Arts Block

Friends of the Upper East Side Historic Districts

Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation

Hester Street Collaborative

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Lower East Side Ecology Center

Landmark West!

Museum at Eldridge Street

Myrtle Ave Revitalization Project (MARP)

Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG)

Northern Manhattan Development Corporation

Newtown Creek Alliance

Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation

 

Government and Quasi Government

Brooklyn Borough President’s Office

Brooklyn Economic Development Corporation

City of New Rochelle

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)

New York City (NYC) Department of City Planning

NYC City Council

NYC Department of Environmental Protection

NYC Department of Transportation: 

     Bicycle and Pedestrian Programs

     Capital Program Management Group

     Office of Freight Mobility, Sustainability and Planning

NYC Economic Development Corporation

NYC Office of Emergency Management

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)

Prospect Park Alliance/Lefferts Historic House

 

Private Sector

Caltrain (CA)

Ferrandino & Associates, Inc. (F&A)

Geodecisions, the GIS division of Gannett Fleming

Hazen & Sawyer Engineering

Highview Creations

Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

Jonathan Rose Companies

The Meshberg Group

New York Green Roofs

ROI Consulting Group

Spacing Magazine (Toronto)

The Coughlan Group

The Thread Collective

WXY architecture + urban design

XØ Projects (Old American Can Factory)