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Intern Work Program St Elizabeths East Redevelopment

Thursday, December 16, 2010
The Office of Planning seeks 1-2 graduate students or similarly qualified individuals to provide technical assistance in completing key tasks for the Saint Elizabeths East Campus redevelopment project.

(Washington DC)-The Office of Planning seeks 1-2 graduate students or similarly qualified individuals to provide technical assistance in completing key tasks for the St. Elizabeths East Campus redevelopment project. The redevelopment of St. Elizabeths is a complex, multi-layered project that involves physical land use planning, transportation planning, and economic development strategy development. The goal of the redevelopment is to capitalize on the once in a generation chance to leverage a $3.5Billion federal investment in the Department of Homeland Security headquarters to catalyze revitalization and economic opportunity for residents in adjacent low-income neighborhoods.

The Office of Planning is leading a multiagency effort to develop an economic development strategy for key competitive sectors that will include recommendations for workforce development, business development, education, and real estate. In a parallel effort, OP is also tasked with coordinating with a federal interagency working group to provide support and assistance to the District in achieving its economic development and neighborhood revitalization goals. Details regarding the work schedule and, qualifications are listed below:

Minimum hours/week 15-30 hours/week
Typical hours To be negotiated
Research/work topic Economic Development Strategy Federal Initiatives Coordination Assistance
  • Economic sector tear sheets (overview, assets, opportunities, strategies, and next steps)
  • Strategic opportunities matrix for federal partnerships
  • Best practices research on innovation clusters and neighborhood revitalization strategies that include workforce development/training components
Area of specialization Economic Development Planning, Neighborhood/Community Development
Supervisor Geraldine Gardner, Associate Director
Division Neighborhood Planning
Management strategy Weekly meetings and milestone product

The intern will also assist the Associate Director for Neighborhood Planning in completing key tasks for both activity areas. Specific responsibilities and deliverables include:

  • Complete research and data analysis for economic development strategies for key sectors:  health/mental health,  creative, education, construction, support services.
  • Assist the Associate Director in developing strategic planning documents to facilitate ongoing negotiations with the federal government on pilot community development initiatives and participate in local/federal coordination meetings.
  • Assist project manager for the St. Elizabeth Innovation Cluster Strategy by completing best practice research
  • Assist in preparing for in a broad range of community, agency and federal government stakeholder meetings
  • Other project duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree in urban planning or public policy with a specialization or interest in economic development and/or neighborhood/community development
  • Experience in completing economic development research and analysis is highly desired
  • Experience with GIS is preferred

If you are interested in an Intern position with the Office of Planning please submit your resume to Sandra Harp at [email protected] by Friday, January 7, 2011.