Policy Intern






1152 15th St Northwest
Suite 450
United States


Smart Growth America is now hiring a paid Policy Intern to support programs within our Policy Development & Implementation team (PD&I), which focuses on relationships between smart growth strategies and the economic and fiscal health of communities. In the past year, PD&I has worked with over 40 communities across the nation on issues spanning transit-oriented development, economic revitalization, rural and town planning, form-based codes, and community engagement.

This person will assist in research and analysis projects, develop materials to support technical assistance engagements, and provide day-to-day administrative and logistical support. This position may also assist with preparing grant progress reports, writing content for our newsletter and blog, and providing short-term assistance to other programs as required. This position reports to Smart Growth America’s Vice President for Economic Development.

Core responsibilities

  • Researching and contributing to case studies, tools, and reports related to transit, economic development, and zoning;
  • Preparing grant applications and progress reports;
  • Coordinating logistics to support the development and planning of events and workshops;
  • Producing compelling content for our blog and newsletter;
  • Providing administrative support to the team.


This position requires a motivated, intuitive, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, research, analytical, and organizational skills, and the ability to coordinate logistics associated with event planning. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in teams, keep outstanding to-do lists, and be comfortable juggling multiple assignment and managing their own time. Familiarity with GIS and Microsoft Excel is a plus.

Candidates should have a strong interest in urban planning, economic development, transportation, community growth, or related areas. Candidates should also have at least a bachelor’s degree and an educational background or work experience in public policy, planning, economics, or a related field.

Timeframe and Location

This position is full-time, 40 hours a week. A commitment of six months is required.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smart Growth America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.


Interns for this position receive a stipend of $1,000 every two weeks. In addition, they will have six days of paid personal leave, and paid leave on all federal holidays that occur within the tenure at Smart Growth America.

How To Apply

Please send a cover letter explaining interest in the position, a one-page resume, three references, and two short writing samples (no more than five pages total) to jobs [at] smartgrowthamerica [dot] org with “Policy Intern” as the email subject line. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.