City Planning Graduate Intern

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Position Description

The City of Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections, in partnership with the Office of Planning and Community Development, has an intern position available for the fall quarter, up until the end of the 2022.  The intern in this position will have an opportunity to develop and work with databases and permit documents; and participate in land use and housing policy development with city planning agencies known for innovation and creativity.

The intern would help evaluate the performance of recently adopted legislation intended to increase the development of Accessory Dwelling Units, including backyard cottages.  In 2019, the City adopted new rules for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) (Download PDF reader) to remove regulatory barriers and help more Seattle residents create and live in this form of housing.

Educational Benefit to Student:

Real time experience in a City Planning professional setting practicing planning tools like field work, professional observation, and synthesizing these into technical reports with illustrations and maps. Experience in a professional office setting, or virtually, and networking with a variety of planning professionals.

Job Responsibilities

  • Conducting research of permit records and plans for various accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and backyard cottages.
  • Making observations based on permit research and preparing analysis.
  • Preparing a report by the end of the work-term.
  • Photographing ADU development around the city and making observations about the fit of the ADU according to an outline or checklist addressing aspects of the development site and the vicinity, as well as neighborhood characteristics such as on-street parking, walkability and access to nearby commercial services and transit stops.
  • Attending project meetings (likely virtual) to seek direction, share progress, and participate in policy discussions.


Education:  Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student with a major concentration in City Planning or a related field.

Students must be enrolled at least part-time or full-time and maintain a 3.0 GPA (graduate) for the duration of the internship.