The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Community Development Intern

Community Development Intern

Community Development Intern


Job Description:

The State of Utah’s Community Development Office (CDO) is seeking one part-time (10 hours/week minimum, $14 hourly) paid intern for the 2019-2020 academic year. CDO supports regional, rural Association of Government (AOG) planners across the state through training, information, and research. CDO interns are expected to manage research projects, support team projects, and produce written products. This internship will include: research, data evaluation, and support for local leaders through written products  (briefs, guides, presentations, StoryMaps, etc.). The internship is anticipated to end in the Spring (April / May), with a potential full-time extension through Summer (August) and the possibility of continuing based on CDO needs and intern interest. Past interns have gone on to full-time employment with our office or are employed with the Utah Office of Energy, Utah Office of Tourism, BYU, and various entities.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Data generation, aggregation, analysis,
  • and interpretation
  • Community development related research
  • Report writing
  • Partnering with state/federal agencies
  • on applied projects
  • Support planners in  rural and transitional
  • communities surrounding the Wasatch Front
  • Additional responsibilities based
  • on community needs, organizational needs, and intern interests and abilities
  • Other related tasks, as required



  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to travel throughout the summer (<15%)
  • Strong written communication
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Research and analytical skills
  • Bachelor’s student in planning, public administration, political science, or related
  • Software: Microsoft Office, Google Docs Suite


  • Rural experience
  • Experience with municipal operations
  • Data analysis experience
  • Master’s student in planning, public administration, or related
  • Strong interest in rural community success
  • Software: ArcGIS (Online), ArcMap Pro, Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere)


The selected intern will be expected to work 10 hours minimum per week during active student semesters, with flexible scheduling. The position may be full-time during academic breaks (Winter, Spring, Summer). The position reports to the Community Development Director and will preferably work out of the CDO Office in Salt Lake City. The position may work remotely as determined by CDO. The selected intern will also participate in weekly one-on-one mentoring sessions with CDO staff to enhance their professional development skill set for post-graduation. A laptop and office space will be provided; a state car provided for any work-related travel.


To apply, please a submit cover letter and resume to Keith Heaton,, 801.468.0133


Deadline: August 14, 2019 (EOB)
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