Internship Opportunities

Available Internships

From time to time the Community Development Department hires interns to assist with various planning projects and research tasks. Any internships for which we are currently accepting applications will be listed on this page, along with contact information and a link to a job description.

Community Planning Green Building Internship

The Green Building Intern will assist the Community Planning Division staff primarily on reviewing development projects against the City’s green building requirements, found in Article 22 of the Zoning Ordinance. Article 22.2 requires major new projects and substantially rehabilitated buildings to meet requirements of the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The intern will assist in reviewing the applicant’s LEED checklist and narrative against the appropriate LEED rating system at each stage of the process, including special permit, building permit, and certificate of occupancy. The intern will also conduct research on municipal green building practices and programs. Background in architecture and/or LEED requirements preferred. Other planning duties may be assigned if time permits.

For more information and how to apply, see the full description of the position.

Energy Efficiency Internship

The Energy Efficiency Intern will assist in implementing Cambridge’ Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP) Program Plan to achieve significant energy savings throughout the community including the residential building sector, low-income residents, and municipal facilities. The selected candidate will help increase awareness of the GUEP in Cambridge by developing and disseminating outreach material through established community networks and attending/presenting at events with community organizations such as youth groups, residential associations, faith based groups, and others. The selected candidate will maintain CEA’s website and will also be responsible for creating content and updating our Warm Home Cool Planet community blog and other social media sites. In addition, the selected candidate will perform research on energy efficiency technologies and behavioral change strategies to help prioritize and quantify the impact of GUEP-related initiatives.

For more information and how to apply, see the full description of the position.  

Sustainability Planning Internship

The Cambridge Community Development Department is seeking an Intern to provide data research and GIS support. The intern will primarily work on collecting, cleaning, and mapping data for tasks related to the City’s certification through the STAR Community Rating System, a sustainability inventory program. Learn more about STAR Communities here: 

The successful applicant must have ability to evaluate and integrate disparate sources of data. Familiarity with the data resources found on the web sites of Federal and State statistical agencies is helpful. Working knowledge of ArcGIS software is highly valued. Experience with ESRI Network Analyst and/or Community Analyst helpful.

For more information and how to apply, see the full description of the position.

Transportation Planning Internship

The selected candidate will be responsible for a wide variety of tasks with a focus on transportation with work on the bicycle program, bike share, traffic calming program, bicycle/pedestrian studies, and other areas as needed. In addition, the candidate will provide basic administrative support to these programs and other activities as needed in the division.

For more information and how to apply, see the full description of the position.