Community and Economic Development Intern

The Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) requests one intern for the summer of 2022. Potential candidates should be available for 37.5 hours per week. Up to five days per week during the summer period. The ideal candidate will demonstrate interest in subjects related to community and economic development.    

OCED expects that a new intern’s primary task will be to assist staff in updating an inventory of the Retail Districts of Greater Philadelphia, which was last updated prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional tasks may be assigned as necessary, including potential research into the following topics:

  • Cannabis legislation in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania,
  • Community Development Financial Institutions,
  • The craft beverage industry,
  • Dark stores and kitchens, and
  • Small-scale manufacturing.

The intern’s work will directly contribute to OCED’s understanding of the pandemic’s impacts on, and degrees of recovery within, the regions downtowns, main streets, and retail districts. The additional research may also help to inform OCED’s approach to its federally-mandated work on access to tourist destinations, future topics for Regional Community & Economic Development Forum webinars, and/or potential staff recommendations for topics of consideration in DVRPC’s Fiscal Year 2024 (July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024) Work Program.

Candidates who are detail-oriented with a keen interest in research and data gathering, as well as those who are able to physically visit retail districts around the region, are encouraged to apply. Individuals who can demonstrate proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (specifically Excel, including Pivot Tables), GIS, and the Adobe Creative Suite are particularly attractive to the department.


  • Assist professional staff with research and data collection and management;
  • Generate text, tables, and graphics to potentially be used in planning reports and memos; and,
  • Conduct field work if and when necessary and appropriate to do so.


  • Knowledge of, and experience with, general regional planning, and community and economic development
  • Passion for research and data gathering
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task, and problem solve
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, GIS, and Adobe Creative Suite preferred
  • Knowledge of ACS and other publicly available data sources
  • Excellent writing, communications, and interpersonal skills, which includes giving presentations
  • Basic knowledge of the Greater Philadelphia area is desired
  • Ability to work independently, including remotely as necessary, as well as in teams
  • Capacity to conduct on-site field work within Greater Philadelphia is preferred


This position requires a commitment of up to 37.5 hours per week.


Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Students with Work-Study funding are encouraged to apply.

Minimum Education and Training

Must have completed at least THREE YEARS of a college/university program or be enrolled in a master's, or an equivalent combination of experience and training, plus substantial experience, interest, or involvement in planning.


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DVRPC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Full consideration will be given to all eligible, qualified applicants without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, domestic or sexual violence victim status, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition (including pregnancy), national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation; or any other basis protected by federal, state, or local law. Minority, female, and disabled applicants are encouraged to apply.

Jennifer YoccoHR Generalist
COVID-19 Resources

190 N Independence Mall West, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1520