Great Places in America Communications Fellowship




$16 per hour

Hours per week

28 hours per week



Application Deadline


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District of Columbia
United States


The American Planning Association (APA) is seeking a recent graduate or graduate level fellow with a focus in communications, public relations or related field to support strategic communications for Great Places in America, APA’s flagship communications and advocacy campaign.


Great Places in America celebrates the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces across the country of exemplary character, quality and planning. These great places feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners. Great Places are celebrate at APA’s Policy and Advocacy Conference in September, and announced during National Community Planning Month in October.


The communications fellow will play a major role in the implementation of the National Community Planning Month strategy. In this capacity, the fellow will focus primarily on supporting a successful Great Places in America announcement in October. The fellow is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with the planners and representatives of all 15 designated Great Places. A successful candidate has experience conducting outreach to a variety of stakeholders and event planning . The communications fellow will spearhead much of the campaign’s targeted outreach to key audiences for the purpose of creating content that showcases the benefits of planning and ultimately, why it matters. Experience with media relations and advocacy a plus.

Successful candidates are effective communicators with excellent oral and writing skills. Organization and attention to detail is critical in this role. Experience working in an office setting a plus.

Key projects include:

  • Support communications and outreach staff in the implementation of the National Community Planning Month strategy;
  • Assist in organizing 15 community celebrations that underscore that value of planning in each designated Great Place
  • Building out long-form and short-form multimedia content for external audiences,
  • Conduct original policy and advocacy-related research as needed;
  • Assist with outreach to elected officials, key partners and the media, and monitor news clips related to Great Places in America;
  • Work across multiple APA departments to develop a diversity of content highlighting National Community Planning Month; and
  • Establish and maintain relationships with current and past designees

Candidates for Great Places Communications Fellow should have a bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications or related field.  Candidates with a background in advocacy and planning-related issues will be given special consideration. Recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The part-time communications fellowship requires a successful candidate to be present for 28 hours Monday through Friday for the entirety of the fellowship. 

How To Apply

Applicants should email cover letters and resumes to Emily Pasi, Outreach and Communications Manager, at The submission deadline is Friday, March 30 at 5 p.m. ET.