The Municipal Art Society, founded 1893, is New York’s leading organization dedicated to creating a more livable city.

Our staff includes planners, design experts, historians, civic leaders, community builders and advocates who love New York City. We hope you or someone you know can join us in our work!

The Municipal Art Society of New York is an equal opportunity employer. People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Intern, Planning and Preservation - Summer 2018

Join MAS this summer and help us educate and inspire New Yorkers to engage in the betterment of our city

For nearly 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, 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.

Internship Description

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 up to 40 hours per week available for 12 to 15 weeks of work. During the months of June, July, and August, our office will be closed every other Friday.

Required Skills

  • 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.

Preferred Skills

  • Experience and interest in transportation planning, 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.

Application Instructions

The application deadline is April 2, 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 – Summer 2018”. No phone calls please.

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

Full Description

Help us advocate for the betterment of New York City as we have for 125 years.

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