Montgomery County Planning Intern I / II - Seasonal

Montgomery County Planning Department

Wheaton, MD United States


The Montgomery County Planning Department is actively seeking four (4) highly motivated undergraduate and graduate Planning Interns with an interest and anticipate careers in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design to work with us this summer. Joining our paid internship program means you will have the opportunity to dive into exciting plans and projects, apply smart growth strategies to cultivate dynamic urban centers and encourage great community design!
Program Dates & Additional Information:

  • Internships will run from May 30 to August 4, 2023;
  • Projected pay for this position is from $17.00 per hour to $22.00 per hour depending on level and qualifications.
  • Interns can work up to 37 hours per week (max).

Application Instructions:

  • Students must attach a copy of a college transcript to the application. An unofficial transcript is acceptable.
  • Students must attach a personal statement to the application, indicating goals and aspirations that may be enhanced by participating in the program. Statements must be at least one page long.

The Montgomery County Planning Department is part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a 95 year old, nationally recognized organization serving the vibrant and culturally diverse populations of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties on the border of Washington, D.C. We provide county-wide planning functions including long range planning, as well as reviews of development applications in a diverse built environment of downtown urban districts, suburban communities, and agricultural areas. We at Montgomery Planning have pioneered nationally modeled programs in agricultural preservation, inclusionary housing, and transit-oriented design. To learn more about who we are and what we do, we encourage you to watch this brief video here and visit our website at

We are conveniently located in downtown Wheaton, MD and easily accessible to Wheaton Metro Station and several bus lines. A commuter reimbursement is available. Learn about our LEED Platinum-rated headquarters building here! 
Follow us on Twitter @montgomeryplans & Instagram @montgomeryplanning.


Examples of Important Duties

Planning Interns will assist with:

  • Assist with conducting research and planning analysis to support our Master and Sector Plans
  • Community engagement events
  • Development inquiries, property research and prior entitlements
  • Preparing GIS maps, graphs, and illustrations
  • Report writing for regulatory applications
  • Graphic creation of informative design guidelines for planning staff, property owners, and the development community.


Minimum Qualifications

Student Eligibility:
Students must currently be enrolled in urban planning and design, architecture, landscape architecture, and/or graphic design  at a college or university at the undergraduate or graduate level and must have a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).

Intern I:
Currently enrolled in college pursuing either an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree or attending a technical school pursuing a professional license in a field of study related to the discipline of the area to which assigned.
Intern II:
Student who has received a Bachelor's Degree and accepted or enrolled in a Master's Degree Program in a field of study related to the discipline of the area to which assigned.

Helpful Skills and Software Proficiency: Excellent oral and written communication skills, research/analytical skills, quantitative skills, and problem-solving skills. Familiarity with GIS, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Creative Cloud, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office 365 is a plus.

Supplemental Information

This position does not provide benefits.

Relocation and housing are not provided.

A complete background investigation will be completed prior to hire.

We value the safety of our staff and our community. To that end, we have required all our employees to be vaccinated while following all COVID-19 protocols. Person(s) hired for this position must provide proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (with limited religious or medical exceptions.)

Diversity Statement:  The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor. We will do what we can to provide reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at 301-495-4525 to request accommodation.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Urban Design
Salary Range
$17.00 - $22.00 Hourly