Internships and fellowships provide an integral component to your planning curriculum. Internships offer students opportunities to explore and clarify career goals, apply academic learning, enhance and learn new skills, gain experience, and network with professionals.  Planning is the key to maximizing the benefits of an internship. Students are encouraged to research a range of potential opportunities and identify specific internships that best match their career interests.

Our students have completed a wide range of internships and have been selected for prestigious fellowships following graduation.

Recent student internships:

AARP;  Sustainable Sandhills
Alta Planning & Design
CASA (Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes)
Center for Community Capital
Charlotte Department of Transportation
City and County of Denver, Office of Economic Development
City of Evanston
City of Graham
Clarion Associates
Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program
Community Affordable Housing Equity Corporation (CAHEC)
Development Finance Initiative at the UNC School of Government
DowntownDC Business Improvement District
Economic Innovation Group
HR&A Advisors
MASS Design Group
Mt. Auburn Associates
Munkittrick Associates (Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Interior Design)
National Park Service
NC Department of Transportation, Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
NC Housing Finance Agency
NC State Center for Environmental Farming Systems
NC State Institute for Transportation Research and Education
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
Orange County Department on Aging
Philadelphia Water Department
Public Building Commission of Chicago
Renaissance Planning Group
RW Ventures
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
Self-Help Credit Union
Shared-Use Mobility Center
Town of Chapel Hill
Triangle Land Conservancy
UNC Center for Community Capital
UNC Highway Safety Research Center
UNC Parking and Transportation Department
UNC School of Government
Urban Land Institute
Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center (U.S. Department of Transportation)
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering


Fellowship opportunities:

The following list of selected fellowships are generally post-graduate opportunities for graduate students.

Center for Community Capital Graduate Fellowship

The Center for Community Capital Fellowship Program supports a small group of Carolina graduate students for one academic year through a program that includes mentorship, project work, and peer support.  This program is meant to support UNC students with strong academic credentials and significant engagement with the university community.

The program consists of three main parts. The first part consists of monthly group meetings, which will include guest speakers and discussions. Former speakers include Alexandra Sirota from the North Carolina Budget & Tax Center, Professor Jim Johnson from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business, and Dr. Mike Stegman, founder of the CCC. The second part, professional development, will include periodic meetings with CCC staff and others to develop informal mentorships and panel conversations around topics of the students’ choosing. The third program component is project work under the direction of a researcher at the CCC. This year, two projects (see below) will be under the supervision of professionals from Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending.

Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $500 (in two $250 installments at the end of each semester) upon completion of these program responsibilities and the completion of a final blog post reflecting on their experience.  Learn more about the project work.


2017 MacDonald-Brower Sustainability Fellowship

The Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill is excited to announce a new funded internship opportunity for DCRP graduate students to support a summer work-based learning opportunity at either the City of Raleigh or the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (see descriptions below). Through the generosity of DCRP alumnus Scott MacDonald, DCRP will be able to offer a $5,000 stipend to support a summer internship placement at one of these two sponsoring organizations.  Learn more

The MacDonald-Brower Fellowship will be awarded to two students in 2017 and are offered on a competitive basis.
(2017 Fellowship application deadline:5pm Friday February 10th, 2017)

Excellence in Diversity Fellowship- 2nd year MCRP

The department is pleased to announce the launch of the Excellence in Diversity Fellowship.  This program provides one-semester of support (as a TA or RA) for a second-year MCRP student (or dual degree student in their final year). This program is funded by the generosity of DCRP donors; we anticipate that two students will be awarded this fellowship in 2017/18.

To apply for this fellowship, please send a cover letter and resume to Sandra Lazo de la Vega by 6/2/2017.

The cover letter should succinctly address:
·         How you contribute to the diversity of the planning profession and DCRP
·         Your career goals
·         Your skills as relevant to teaching and research
·         Your financial need

We ask that cover letters are no more than one-page and that resumes are no more than two pages.  Application materials should be combined into one pdf named LastName_FirstName_EDF and sent via email to Cover letters should be addressed to the Excellence in Diversity Fellowship Selection Committee. Applications received after 6/2/17 will not be considered.


Federal Government

There are several post-graduate programs that are designed to attract outstanding individuals to federal service. Some are open to graduate students only while others are open to undergraduate and graduate students. The Pathways/Recent Graduates program began in 2012. Successful completion may lead to permanent employment without a further selection process.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Two-and three-year fellowships. Public Health Associate Program for undergraduates. Management and leadership opportunities for graduate students. See chart for list of fellowship opportunities.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typcially early February

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Public policy fellowship programs with federal agencies, nonprofits, and private sector.
Undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: typically February

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Two-year positions located in Washington, D.C. and HUD’s 10 regional offices. MBA Fellows Program open to all graduate students.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically in January

Department of State Student Programs
A gateway to fellowship programs. The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship and the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program are open to seniors with a minimum 3.2 GPA who plan to enroll in graduate school and are interested in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service. The Pickering Undergraduate Foregin Affairs Fellowship is open to juniors.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies by program

Department of Transportation (DOT)
A gateway to career programs.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
The EPA Environmental Careers Program (ECP) is a two-year position that includes rotations, career development, and a graduate conference. Participating offices announce positions on USAJOBS. Search on keyword “ECP” for open positions. Successful completion leads to permanent position at EPA headquarters or a regional office.
Undergradute and graduate students.
Deadline: positions posted on USAJOBS in spring

Global Health Fellows II/Public Health Institute & USAID
Paid internships and fellowships
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

National Istitutes of Health (NIH) Administrative Fellows Program
Two-year fellowships that include a range of administrative positions: administrative officer, budget analyst, contract specialist, ethics specialist, grants management specialist, health communications specialist, human resource specialist, and management analyst.
Graduate students
Deadline: recruitment typically begins in January

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
A range of fellowship projects with the Coastal Services Center.
Graduate students (must graduate between January 1 and July 31)
Deadline: typically January

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)
Paid internships and fellowships with a research focus.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  varies

Oregon Sea Grant Fellowships
Current and future opportunities at federal and state levels that focus on ocean and coastal life.
Undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: typically October through April; see site for specific program

Presidential Management Fellows Program
Competitive, two-year paid fellowships with federal agencies. Outstanding opportunities for continued employment.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically October

Public Lands Transportation Scholars
Paid fellowship for graduate students and recent graduates interested in transportation projects on public lands.
Graduate students
Deadline:  varies depending on start of projects

State and Local Government

Capital City Fellows Program
Two-year paid fellowship with the government of the District of Columbia. Fellowships include rotations, educational and professional development seminars, and opportunities to meet with high-level city officials.
Graduate students (requires 3.5 GPA)
Deadline: typically April

Capital Fellows Programs
Four fellowship programs in public service: Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship, Executive Fellowship, Judicial Administration, and California Senate Fellows.
Undergraduate and graduate students (may be a currently enrolled grad student).
Deadline: Monday, February 13th, 2017

City of Baltimore Mayoral Fellowship
Three-month paid fellowship (September-November) in Office of the Mayor.  Must have completed bachelor’s degree prior to start of fellowship.
Undergraduates with degree and graduate students
Deadline:  Typically August

City Hall Fellows
One-year paid fellowship for graduating seniors now operated by City and County of San Francisco.  Program inspired by the success of Teach for America that gives recent college graduates experience in city government.  Application information.
Undergraduate students
Deadline: typically announced in January

City of Long Beach Management Assistant Program
One-year paid fellowship in four areas of city management in Long Beach, CA.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically January/February

City of Tacoma Management Fellowship
Two-year paid fellowship in the City Manager’s Office.  Search “management fellow” on jobs page.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically January or February

Cookingham Noll Management Fellowship Program (Kansas City, Missouri)
Paid full-time fellowship that includes rotations within city government.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically early December

Hatfield Resident Fellows
Post-graduate fellowships in Oregon.
Graduate students
Deadline:  typically February

ICMA/Local Government Management Fellowship
Paid fellowships in full-time, management-track local government positions. Other local government internships/fellowships (undergraduate and graduate students).
Graduate students
Deadline: typically December

New York City Parks Conservation Corps Fellowship
Nine-month paid fellowship that begins in September.  Must have bachelor’s degree prior to start of fellowship.
Undergraduates and graduate students
Deadline:  typically in winter

New York City Urban Fellows Program
Paid fellowships in many policy areas of city government and opportunities to gain experience in civil rights, community relations, education, mediation, and conflict resolution.
Undergraduate students
Deadline: Urban Fellows typically January

Oregon Sea Grant Fellowships
Current and future opportunities at federal and state levels that focus on ocean and coastal life.
Undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: typically October through April

Phoenix Management Intern Program
Paid one-year fellowship in city management.
Graduate students.
Deadline: typically January

Resource Assistance for Rural Environment (RARE)
Eleven-month paid community service program in rural Oregon communities. Must have a bachelor’s degree and meet other eligibility criteria.
Graduate students and graduates with bachelor’s or master’s degree
Deadline: typically April

Policy Institute/Nonprofit

American India Foundation Clinton Fellowship for Service
Paid ten-month fellowships with NGOs in India. Fellows work in the areas of public health, education, and livelihoods.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline:  typically February

Bill Emerson National Fellows Program
One-year paid fellowship with rural and urban community-based organizations. A project of the Congressional Hunger Center to fight hunger by developing leaders.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically January

Bullitt Foundation
Two-year paid fellowship awarded to an outstanding graduate student from under-represented communities in the environmental movement.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically April

Paid and unpaid internships and fellowships in U.S.  Search by domestic/internatioal/region/location.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: varies

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP)
Two-year paid fellowship with a state policy organization or with CBPP’s state fiscal division in Washington, D.C.  New program in 2010.
Graduate students
Deadline: typically January (open October to January)

Child Hunger Corps
Two-year paid fellowship. Corps members are placed at Feeding America member food banks through the U.S. to assess and develop local capacity to execute program models targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger.
Graduating seniors and graduate students.
Deadline: typically February

Code for America
11-month paid fellowships with local governments.  Focus on mobile apps and new approaches to problem solving within government.  Fellowships begin in the fall.
Graduating seniors, graduate students, graduates
Deadline for early decision:  April 15

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Public policy fellowship programs with federal agencies, nonprofits, and private sector.
Undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: typically February

El Pomar Fellowship
Two-year post-undergraduate leadership program. Must have Colorado connection. See site for eligibility details.
Deadline: typically January

Environmental Defense Fund
One-year fellowships in areas of oceans, ecosystems, climate, and health. Program seeks applicants from diverse backgrounds who are interested in environmental advocacy.
Undergraduates and graduate students
Deadline: January

Global Health Corps
Paid fellowship for graduating undergraduates and those who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree program. See site for additional eligibility details.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: application process generally opens in January

Greenlining Institute
Year-long paid fellowships. Opportunities empower and develop the next generation of multi-ethnic leaders to advance racial and economic equity and create positive social change.
Undergraduates and students who have completed undergraduate degrees
Deadline: typically February

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship, The
Paid fellowship (6-9 months) in Washington, D.C. for those interested in peace and security-related issues.  No summer fellowships.
Deadline: early October for spring, early January for fall

Human Impact Partners
One fellowship foced on Health Impact Assessment and Healthy Public Policy (HPP)/Health in All Policies (HiAP).
Graduates students only
Deadline: typically March

Institute for Women’s Policy Research
Public policy research fellowship in the areas of jobs, wages, health insurance, workplace flexibility.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadlines: typically February

New Sector Alliance
AmeriCorps Residency in Social Enterprise–one year. Boston, Chicago and San Francisco.
Undergraduate and graduate students.
Deadline: typically December for first round and March for second round

Resource Assistance for Rural Environment (RARE)
Eleven-month paid community service program in rural Oregon communities. Must have a bachelor’s degree and meet other eligibility criteria.
Graduate students and graduates with bachelor’s or master’s degree
Deadline: typically April

Running Start/Walmart Star Fellowship
Three-month, full-time fellowship with a female member of congress in Washington, D.C. Fellows intern Monday-Thursday and participate in a seminar every Friday. Fellows receive free housing on Capitol Hill and a $2000 living stipend for the semester.
Open to college women who are juniors or seniors, or within 1 year of graduating with a bachelor’s degree. Women who have already started graduate school are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: Typically March for a fall semester fellowship.

Villers Fellowship For Health Care Justice and Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice
One-year paid fellowships in the areas of health care justice and social justice through participation in health care advocacy.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically January

Private Sector

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Public policy fellowship programs with federal agencies, nonprofits, and private sector.
Undergraduate and graduate students
Deadline: typically February