Assist DVRPC's Office of Communications and Engagement. The Office is engaged in a wide variety of activities across the Commission, broadly grouped into four overlapping categories: Communications, Engagement, Equity, and Special Initiatives. The Equity Policy intern will be responsible for researching equity planning practices; evaluating DVRPC's existing equity practices; completing research memos; collecting data; organizing and facilitating outreach activities; and analyzing data sources. The intern may also be responsible for research that informs internal policies, which may include stakeholder interviews, writing case studies, quantitative analysis, facilitating interactive exercises, report writing, and public speaking, depending on project needs and candidate's interests and abilities.
The Equity Policy intern may also support DVRPC’s Healthy Communities Planning efforts. More specifically, the intern may support the development of the Camden Health Element by writing case studies, editing completed chapters, and organizing and facilitating Advisory Committee and/or public meetings. The intern may also assist with youth engagement opportunities related to walkability, including helping to manage a youth-led mini-grant program.
The potential project list includes:
- Assisting with a research project focused on identifying the benefits and burdens associated with transportation projects on Title VI and environmental justice communities
- Assist with Public Participation Task Force (meetings and member communication)
- Writing and researching for Long-Range Plan Connections 2050 Equity Strategies
- Assist with equity elements of staff projects
- Assist with Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Allyship (IDEA) projects
The student intern will assist professional staff with research, data collection, data analysis, report preparation, and meeting facilitation. The intern will be an integral member of interdisciplinary project teams and will participate and assist in meetings with stakeholders, study advisory committees, and other government agencies.
- Interest in regional planning and transportation planning.
- Interest in engagement, community outreach, civil rights, environmental justice, and public health.
- Ability to perform in-depth research independently.
- Ability to read, interpret and relate geographic data and statistical data.
- Ability to establish effective relationships with co-workers and stakeholder groups.
- Excellent writing skills and initiative are essential.
- Proficiency in MS Office XP Software Suite and Google Suite are required; experience in GIS is preferred but not essential.
This position requires a commitment of up to 15 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 program, or an equivalent combination of experience and training, plus meaningful experience, interest, or involvement in transportation planning and/or civil rights work.
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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.