Summer Livable Streets and Design Intern
Organization: Open Plans
Posted: June 10, 2021 | Closing: June 30, 2021
Open Plans is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to civic engagement and livable streets. We use journalism, media, and advocacy as our tools to activate New Yorkers to shape their communities. Open Plans is the home of Streetfilms, Streetsblog, and Streetopia UWS. We are a growing, mission-based organization with experience, enthusiasm and an eagerness to change New York City and beyond. Our mission is informed by the worldwide movement to reclaim public spaces for the public good and the belief that human connection, creativity, and climate are strongest when people take precedence over the storage and movement of motor vehicles. Our work focuses on the intersections of the following areas:
- Civic Engagement
- Public Spaces
- Efficient / Transparent Government
- Urban Areas
- Environment & Sustainability
We are seeking a graduate student or emerging professional who is eager to contribute to making New York City a truly livable city, with 21st-century streets and public spaces. We need you to help visualize that! An ideal candidate is a mission-driven person who is passionate about advocacy, public space, and transportation policy. Potential projects could include but are not limited to reimagining public spaces, creating truly safe routes to schools, and reclaiming space from motor vehicles, with the potential to pitch projects. The position is mostly remote, but it might require some visits to places to visualize the current landscape.
The intern will report directly to Lisa Orman and will be a collaborative, integral part of the Open Plans team.
The primary role and responsibilities will be the production of render-quality images of streetscapes for use in visioning and concept planning exercises. This could include the production of maps and other multimedia depending on the candidate’s skill set. The intern will participate in a weekly meeting and collaborate with the Open Plans team.
The Ideal Candidate has:
- A strong interest and an affinity for livable streets, quality of life issues, and alternate forms of transportation.
- Persuasive graphic, oral, and written communication skills.
- Demonstrated experience producing project graphics and documents using a variety of techniques and media.
- Knowledge or interest in working with city government, city agencies, coalition partners, and the public in general.
- Experience analyzing data and translating it into a digital story in a variety of mediums.
- Strong workflow, time-management, and organizational skills.
- A positive and collaborative approach to work.
- Flexible and creative ideas with critical thinking skills that enable multiple ways to reach goals.
- A high level of proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
- Fluency in a second language (Spanish preferred).
- A love of city exploration – including by subway, walking, biking, magic carpet riding, scootering etc.
Please email your resume, cover letter, one (1) reference, and a work sample to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “Intern Application” in the subject line. Your work sample can be a video, design renderings, a GIS mapping project, or a similar document. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.
How to Apply
Please email your resume, cover letter, one (1) reference, and a work sample to email@example.com. Please include “Intern Application” in the subject line. Your work sample can be design renderings, a video, a GIS mapping project, or a similar document. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the position will remain open until filled.