Socio-Economic & Land Use Analytics

Job Description

The Socioeconomic & Land Use Analytics Program under the Office of Long-Range Planning produces ongoing data analysis on regional trends, scenario planning, socioeconomic forecasting for the Long-Range Plan and other agency needs. The Office of Long-Range Planning produces the Commission’s Long-Range Plan—which links transportation, land use, economic growth, equity, and the environment—every four-years. This internship is an opportunity to work independently and collaboratively on discrete projects including further development and application of our cloud-based UrbanSim land use model, development of scenario planning tools like the VisionEval model, and planning toward health impacts models. The forthcoming Connections 2050 Long-Range Plan will be presented for public comment over the summer, and additional tasks may come from preparing Plan documents and related public outreach.


  • Assist with running and synthesizing UrbanSim land use model results, as well as developing model improvements.
  • Gather data on proposed development projects in the region and other key datasets.
  • Help to gather UrbanSim outputs and other necessary inputs needed and run the VisionEval open-source strategic planning model for the Greater Philadelphia region.
  • Research health impacts models such as Integrated Transport and Health Impact Model (ITHIM) for Health economic assessment tool (HEAT) for potential integration with VisionEval.
  • Assist professional staff by creating content such as maps, tables, charts, and other visual elements; and research, data collection, and product preparation.
  • Participate or assist in stakeholder and study committee meetings as needed.


  • Knowledge of and interest in demographics, transportation, land use, equity, environment and sustainability, economic development, and performance-based planning principles and issues.
  • Experience in R and/or Python coding.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, ArcGIS or other data analysis tools.
  • Ability to assimilate complex technical information and discuss it clearly verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish effective relations with associates and partner organizations.
  • Ability to switch among diverse tasks while meeting deadlines.


This position requires a commitment of up to 30 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 (preferred), or an equivalent combination of experience and training, plus substantial experience, interest, or involvement in transportation engineering and 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.