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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 work collaboratively across departments and with a wide variety of partners from across the boroughs. 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 and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. MAS is committed to cultivating a staff with diverse backgrounds and life experiences that is representative of the communities in which we live and work.

Note that MAS is currently operating in a hybrid work environment. Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

Planning Intern - Fall 2024

For over 125 years, The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) has lifted up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and led the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. From saving Grand Central Terminal from destruction and preserving the lights of Times Square, to promoting innovative land use, zoning and historic preservation policy and legislation, MAS is at the forefront of New York’s most important campaigns to improve our city’s built environment.

MAS’s planning team is currently working on Greener Corridors for a More Resilient City, a research initiative that looks at reimagining New York City’s busiest arterial thoroughfares as more dynamic spaces that mitigate the effects of climate change, boost housing and commerce, and green the city. We are simultaneously researching planning solutions such as special environmental performance districts to mitigate the effects of sea level rise, increased precipitation, and extreme heat. MAS is also engaging with major land use proposals including neighborhood rezonings and large-scale development projects (e.g., Atlantic Avenue Mixed-Use Project, City of Yes, Jamaica Neighborhood Plan, One LIC) through detailed research, analysis, and public comments and testimony.

Description

The Planning Intern will support MAS planning staff on short- and long-term projects and day-to-day work including, but not limited to:

  • Contributing to technical studies, reports, presentations, building modeling, and mapping projects
  • Researching, drafting, and presenting planning and policy advocacy positions and testimony
  • Developing educational resources and tools
  • Assisting with MAS’s Planning and Preservation Committee meetings
  • Assisting law and advocacy staff on planning projects

The Planning Intern will be expected to help with meetings and events organized by MAS and/or partner organizations during and outside regular office hours. They can expect to gain experience engaging with a variety of audiences, including working professionals, City agencies, and elected officials. The internship will provide ample opportunities for technical skill development and new applications for mapping, research, analysis, and advocacy.

Requirements

Applicants must be enrolled in a master’s degree program focused on city and regional planning, urban studies, community development, public policy, urban design, or a related field. The Planning Intern will be paid $18 per hour and will be expected to work a minimum of 16 hours per week for the duration of the fall semester, with the potential for up to 24 hours per week. MAS is currently operating on a hybrid schedule of two days in the office and three days remote. Proof of COVID vaccination may be required.

International students are strongly urged to have all applicable practical training paperwork for employment through their school and a valid social security number.

Required Skills & Experience

  • Ability to conduct in-depth research on existing and proposed development, relevant City and State legislation, and policy initiatives
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including experience speaking publicly and making effective presentations
  • Strong urban data analysis and spatial analysis skills, including experience with specialized software such as ArcGIS, Excel, and Adobe Creative Suite
  • Knowledge of current urban policy issues, including New York City’s zoning, land-use, and environmental review processes (ULURP and CEQR)
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and to successfully manage multiple projects

Preferred Skills & Experience

  • Experience and interest in one or more of the following areas: community-based planning, environmental review, open space, sustainability and resiliency, architecture and urban design, historic preservation, real estate and economic development, and affordable housing
  • Familiarity with programming languages for data analysis, mapping and online applications, such as R or Python

Application Instructions

The application deadline is August 9, 2024. To apply, please email a resume, cover letter, and work sample that demonstrates relevant skills (such as a short writing sample or portfolio) to interns@mas.org, with the subject line “Planning Intern – Fall 2024”. No phone calls please.

Preservation Internship

Summary of Position

The MAS Preservation Internship is a one-year grant-funded opportunity for a historic preservation graduate student interested in exploring how the field of preservation can be transformed to center equity and inclusion, support diverse layers of history and culture in our city, and be part of the solution for confronting our climate crisis and housing crisis. The intern will work with the MAS Planning and Policy team to advance the organization’s mission, particularly the preservation advocacy agenda, and support MAS’s Enduring Culture Initiative (ECI). As part of ECI, the intern will have a key research role, focusing on programs and policies across local, State, and Federal levels that have the potential to address historic inequities in the preservation field and support resilient communities.

About the Municipal Art Society

The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) lifts up the voices of the people in the debates that shape New York’s built environment and leads the way toward a more livable city from sidewalk to skyline. MAS envisions a future in which all New Yorkers share in the richness of city life–where growth is balanced, character endures, and a resilient future is secured. Our research focuses on the intersection of urban design, planning, and policy. Across our preservation portfolio and other initiatives, we work to leverage public partnerships, democratize data, and advocate for citywide systems change. Read more about our current preservation initiatives, including positions and testimony on our website.

About the Enduring Culture Initiative

Enduring Culture aims to develop an expanded and multivocal historic preservation vision for New York City, where intangible heritage and places that contribute to a neighborhood’s history and culture are protected and celebrated. In contrast to the standard practice of historic preservation, which is focused on the protection of physical places and buildings through the lens of material and architectural integrity, the Enduring Culture initiative aims to define sense of place by involving a larger set of layered histories, narratives, cultural traditions and practices, and community anchors — from legacy businesses to public artworks, to the havens of urban gardens. These stories, practices, and sites are intimately related to social capital and community identity, yet often lack protection. How can the field of preservation be expanded to be a more multivocal, equitable, accessible, and inclusive framework for supporting diverse layers of history and culture in our city? What implications could such a shift have on our urban policy?

Internship Description

The MAS Preservation Intern 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.

The intern will help with meetings and events organized by MAS and/or partner organizations during and outside regular office hours. The intern can expect to gain experience presenting to a variety of audiences at public hearings, including community board members, City agencies, and elected officials. The internship will provide opportunities for skill development and new applications for mapping, research, analysis, and advocacy.

Requirements

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a master’s degree program focusing on historic preservation.

Ideal Qualifications

  • Familiarity with historic preservation policy and programs within New York City, New York State, and the United States.
  • General knowledge of New York City agencies and processes related to the public realm, land-use, zoning, and historic preservation.
  • Broad understanding of current issues in city planning, urban design, and historic preservation (local and national).
  • Excellent research, writing, verbal communication, and presentation skills, including a working knowledge of academic research standards and ethics.
  • Extremely organized, detail-oriented, accuracy-driven, and responsible.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, including the ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team context, and experience working with diverse communities and people.
  • Experience successfully managing projects to completion.
  • Experience with GIS software such as ArcMap™, ArcScene™, ArcGIS Pro, and CARTO™ a plus.

Work Culture and Employment Goals

Our staff includes planners, interdisciplinary designers, historians, civic leaders, community builders and advocates who love New York City. We work collaboratively across departments and with a wide variety of partners from across the boroughs. 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 and seeks qualified applicants without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or sexual orientation. MAS is committed to cultivating a staff with diverse backgrounds and life experiences representing the communities in which we live and work.

MAS is currently operating on a hybrid schedule of two days in, three days out schedule, which is subject to change. Proof of COVID vaccination is required.

Time Commitment

Ideally, the intern will work for one year, starting in September of 2024 through August 2025. If you cannot make a yearlong commitment, specify which semester(s) you are applying for.

Salary

This is a part-time internship with a salary of $18.25/hour. The maximum number of hours per semester is as follows:

  • Fall 2024: 12 weeks at 25 hours/week = 300 hours maximum
  • Spring 2025: 12 weeks at 25 hours/week = 300 hours maximum
  • Summer 2025: 12 weeks at 40 hours/week = 480 hours maximum

How to Apply

The application deadline is August 1, 2024.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample via email to interns@mas.org with “Preservation Intern Fall 2024” in the subject line of your email message. Address all correspondence to “Preservation Intern Search Committee.”

Please do not call or reach out to MAS staff directly.

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