Equity Design Research Intern

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Position Description

The Office of Planning and Community Development is seeking a community college student, or an undergraduate student to intern at the Seattle Design Commission that oversees the design of publicly funded projects like parks, community centers, police stations, fire stations, and other similar investments.  This intern will develop a library documenting how equity in the design of public space is presented by academics and professionals.

Educational Benefit to Student:

  • Enhancing research skills in a variety of formats including print, internet, social media, and other similar technologies and platforms.
  • Developing a database or other similar way to categorize and organize research materials.
  • Learning and using City software programs to organize and download research materials on Commission website.

Other Benefits Include:

Professional and educational development

  • Meaningful and educational opportunities that compliment your academic program.
  • Establish effective networking relationships with professional staff, which may be beneficial to future career development.
  • Access to City sponsored trainings and professional development modules.
  • Diverse array of work experiences, responsibilities, and opportunities to help make Seattle a great place to live, work, and play.
  • Working for the city builds your career and your community.

Competitive pay and benefits

  • Commuting benefits including ORCA passes, car share discounts, and ride matches.
  • Paid sick and safe leave (after 90 days of employment).



Job Responsibilities


  • Conducting research developed by academics and professional on equity and equitable outcomes in the design of public places, facilities, and spaces.
  • Developing website based catalog, database, or other similar approach to highlight research materials.




Open to all undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited 2-year or 4-year educational program and graduate students who are enrolled in an accredited educational program.

Preferred Areas of Study:   architecture, planning, engineering, landscape architecture, geography, or other similar areas.


  • Ability to research a variety of print and online resources.
  • Ability to understand software programs related to website management.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Writing skills that will help provide collateral information.
  • Interpretation on the research conducted.



Additional Information


Start/End Dates:  The internship will start in late September, 2023 and end in March, 2024.
Schedule:  Intern will work up to 15 hours/week.  Work hours can be scheduled in the office at City Hall between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. Intern may also work independently on their own time.
Undergraduate students will need to maintain a 2.0 GPA or above throughout the internship and be paid $19.09/hour.

Hourly Salary Range:  $19.09 – $19.09.

How to Apply:  complete an online application and include the following:

  • Unofficial transcript including current classes and GPA
  • Cover letter
  • Resume

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

This hiring process involves a background check of conviction and arrest records in compliance with Seattle’s Fair Chance Employment Ordinance, SMC 14.17. Applicants will be provided an opportunity to explain or correct background information.

Teleworking:  The City has the expectation that interns will be readily available to report to onsite work in Seattle when operational needs require.