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Community Development Internship

We seek enthusiastic and reliable individuals who are interested in obtaining experience with data collection and policy development in a local government setting. These individuals will conduct a Neighborhood Wellness Census, reviewing property conditions in residential neighborhoods citywide through field visits and collection and compiling that data into a report. These individuals will also work with staff, including the City’s interdisciplinary Neighborhood Resource Unit, to review and analyze the data and make recommendations on appropriate operational and policy responses by the City.

Required skills:

  •  Ability to multitask and work independently
  •  Strong attention to detail and ability to create and maintain accurate data inventories
  •  Strong organizational, analytical and computer skills
  •  Ability to understand and analyze complex data and present it to others verbally and in writing
  •  Basic photography skills
  •  Professional demeanor for interaction with others via phone, e-mail, or in person

Desired skills/experience:

  •  Knowledge of local government
  •  Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Duties may include:

  •  Preparing data inventory sheets
  •  Planning data collection routes for optimum efficiency
  •  Traveling in the field by foot, bike, or vehicle to evaluate and record the condition of individual properties
  •  Entering and analyzing data
  •  Preparing draft reports and recommendations
  •  Preparing maps, tables, graphs, and charts
  •  Conducting research related to neighborhood wellness and community development

Availability and schedule:
Internships are available for a 15 week period in the summer (May 8 – August 18, 2017). Schedule flexibility offered, but it is requested that interns be consistent once a schedule has been set so assignments can be best allocated. 20 hours per week minimum commitment. Regular schedule will be during normal office hours (Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.).

What students will learn:
Interns will gain practical experience in an exciting local government environment. Working in an exciting local government environment, you will work closely with the City Planner to collect data that will be utilized to target resources and develop strategies to maintain or improve the physical and social condition of City neighborhoods.

Physical/mental demands and work environment:

  • The physical and mental demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to sit, stand, and walk, use hands to manipulate, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee will be frequently exposed to outside weather conditions and is occasionally required to kneel and crouch.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.  Must possess the physical abilities to transport equipment weighing up to 5 to 15 lbs.; transport self to meetings, events, etc.  Must possess the mental abilities to analyze, reason, comprehend, evaluate, organize, effectively communicate and handle the stress associated with the responsibilities of the position.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.


Pay rate:

A stipend of $1,000.

Applications accepted until position is filled. To be considered for this position, please submit the following:

  1. Letter of Interest;
  2. Resume;
  3. Completed Job Application (PDF); This is a public position, as such the City cannot guarantee confidentiality once the applicant accepts an invitation to interview. If you would like to request confidentiality during the pre-interview phase, please indicate your request on the application form.
  4. Completed Criminal History Background Check Authorization Form (PDF);
  5. Fair Credit Reporting Act Disclosure & Authorization (PDF)

Submit these materials to:
City of Mount Pleasant
Human Resources Department
320 West Broadway Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Phone: 989-779-5314
Fax: 989-779-5317

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The City of Mount Pleasant is an Equal Opportunity Employer