Planning and Preservation Intern

Organization: Municipal Art Society of New York

Posted: July 17, 2018 | Closing: August 18, 2018

Job Description

For 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has worked to educate and inspire New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city. As one of the city’s longest-standing non-profit advocacy organizations, MAS mobilizes diverse allies to focus on issues that affect our city from sidewalk to skyline. Through three core campaign areas, MAS protects New York’s legacy spaces, encourages thoughtful planning and urban design, and fosters complete neighborhoods across the five boroughs.

Much of our work examines the built environment from a variety of angles. Our recent Accidental Skyline report, released in October 2017, analyzes the development of “supertall” buildings along with their impacts on surrounding neighborhoods and the zoning procedures used to construct them. MAS regularly evaluates the equity and environmental impacts of neighborhood-scale rezoning plans, most recently those in East New York, East Harlem, Inwood, Downtown Far Rockaway, and Jerome Avenue. MAS also advocates for Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) and sponsors the most comprehensive online resource dedicated to POPS. Through educational workshops, resources and community visioning support, MAS manages the Livable Neighborhoods Program (LNP), which helps communities build capacity to understand and influence land-use planning and become stronger advocates for their neighborhoods. MAS has continued its leadership in the sphere of historic preservation through the creation of interactive web maps displaying the locations and types of permits for alterations granted by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.


Interns will support MAS staff on long- and short-term projects and day-to-day work including, but not limited to researching, drafting, and presenting advocacy positions and testimony; contributing to studies, reports, presentations and mapping projects; and developing educational resources and tools. Interns may also be invited to attend and assist with logistics associated with meetings and events, both during and outside of regular office hours, including: public hearings, community meetings, and public programs organized by MAS and/or partner organizations and agencies.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program focusing on city and regional planning, historic preservation, public policy, urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, transportation planning, economic development, real estate development, economics or a related field. A limited number of paid internships are available and unpaid positions will be considered for candidates eligible for either course credit or a stipend through their educational institution. Paid interns should plan to have 16 to 20 hours per week available for 12 weeks of work during the semester.


  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on existing and proposed development, relevant city and state legislation, and policy initiatives.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully manage multiple projects.
  • Demonstrable experience with Microsoft Office.
  • Knowledge of New York City’s zoning, land-use, and environmental review processes (ULURP and CEQR), and current urban policy issues.
  • Experience speaking publicly and making effective presentations.


  • Experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: transportation planning, community-based planning, environmental review, open space planning, sustainability and resiliency, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, real estate and economic development, and affordable housing.
  • Experience with mapping and GIS analysis: ArcGIS, ArcScene, and Carto online (formerly CartoDB).
  • Familiarity with programming languages for data analysis, mapping and online applications: sql, python and html.
  • Experience with specialized design software including Adobe Creative Suite and SketchUp.

How to Apply

The application deadline is August 17, 2018.

To apply, please email a resume, cover letter and work sample (such as a writing sample, excerpt of a research paper, or portfolio, 10 pages/5 MB maximum) to, with the subject line “Intern, Planning and Preservation – Fall 2018”. No phone calls please.

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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