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OP Internships

The District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) offers a number of exciting internships in Washington DC.

The internship program is designed to offer professional learning opportunities to students who are interested in the field of Urban Planning.  Interns may be assigned specific projects in the sub-disciplines of Neighborhood Planning, Development Review and Zoning, Urban Design, Geographic Information Systems, Transportation, Economic Development, Public Facilities, Housing, Sustainability, Historic Preservation, and the State Data Center.

Students who participate in OP’s Internship Program may receive academic credit in accordance with the criteria developed by their college or university.  OP offers a limited number of non-paid internships and recommend external funding sources, such as fellowships, are encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements: A candidate must be a graduate student; an undergraduate student (a sophomore, junior or senior only); or have graduated from college within the last 12 months. Interns typically must be United States citizens. However, foreign students who have obtained the appropriate student visa, may also be considered.

Commitment: Interns will be required to complete deliverables established in individual work plans at the outset of the internship program.  Interns are expected to work 24 to 40 hours per week for approximately 12 to 16 weeks. Exact start and end dates are flexible, but must be in general accordance with the following timeframe:

Summer Internship Program (May-August)
Fall Internship Program (September-December)
Winter/Spring Internship Program (January-April)

Application Procedure: Candidates must complete an application form, which includes one essay question, and attach a copy of their resume. All application materials must be submitted together. These materials will be disseminated to OP staff for review and evaluation.  Applicants may be contacted for face-to-face or telephone interviews. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications Deadline:
Summer Internship Program: Application submitted by April 15th
Fall Internship Program: Application submitted by July 15th
Winter/Spring Internship Program: Application submitted by November 15th

OP Internship application apply online here.

If you have any questions, please contact OP’s HR Advisor, Ms. Sandra Harp, at [email protected]