Neighborhood Planning Intern Wanted

Neighborhood Planning Intern Wanted


PCDC is seeking a student to fill the role of Neighborhood Planning Intern to assist with the creation of a new Neighborhood Plan for Philadelphia Chinatown in Fall 2016. This is a unique opportunity to have a meaningful role in a community visioning process which will drive the next 10 years of planning and development in one of the oldest, most vibrant, and most ambitious Chinatowns in the country. The intern will also assist with other special projects, such as a placemaking project designed to mitigate the effects of the Vine Street Expressway on a key intersection in Chinatown.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Work with PCDC’s Director of Planning, neighborhood plan consultant and Steering Committee to collect data and coordinate engagement with residents and businesses.
  • Research special issues in the neighborhood plan as needed.
  • Assist in planning and implementation of a placemaking project around the 10th and Vine Street intersection in partnership with Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and City of Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce.
  • Assist with rezoning initiative in the remaining blocks northeast of Chinatown in coordination with the City of Philadelphia.
  • Assist with coordination of monthly zoning cases in Chinatown.
  • Assist with light administrative tasks such as answering the phones, etc.


  • Graduate or senior undergraduate student studying City Planning, Urban Studies, Sociology, Asian Studies, and/or Architecture
  • Commitment of 15-20 hours per week throughout the Fall semester.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills.
  • Reliable and professional.
  • Able to commit to attending the occasional evening meeting.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Suite software: Word, Powerpoint, Excel.
  • Interest in community development and/or immigrant issues.
  • Spoken Chinese language (Mandarin or Cantonese) fluency is preferred but not required.

The position requires a commitment of 15-20 hours per week throughout the Fall semester. It is unpaid but PCDC will accept Work Study program students.

Please submit a resume and letter to Sarah Yeung, Director of Planning, at

No phone call inquiries, please.