Internship Program

IEN was founded in 1980 to provide mediation and consensus building services to governments, citizen organizations, and businesses dealing with conflicts and complex policy choices about land uses and the natural and built environment. The Institute also designs public involvement processes for land use planning projects such as watershed plans, coastal management, Chesapeake Bay-oriented projects, forest management and land-use related projects.

Each year, the Institute offers graduate internships for students in the School of Architecture’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. Academic year internships (10-15 hours per week) during the fall and spring semesters and limited summer internships are available. Most of the academic year internships are Federal work-study positions. For students who are not eligible for work study, there may be paid internships, dependent on project funding. Another possibility is to work in exchange for academic credit. If you wish to work with IEN, please apply!

IEN graduate interns work primarily on one to two projects and employ a variety of skills such as research, writing, graphic design, event planning, website management and may also assist with meeting facilitation. IEN graduate interns work on projects that apply planning theory to on-the-ground projects such as watershed plans or redevelopment of brownfields. Interns also learn to conduct public involvement processes–a key skill sought by both public and private sector planning agencies.

IEN has many projects every year that benefit from the work of graduate students, and our work is constantly changing and growing. To learn about current Institute projects visit

To apply for an internship:

Internships are awarded on a competitive basis. Preference is given to Master’s degree candidates in the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning department and to students whose primary internship commitment will be at IEN.

Academic-year interns (for fall and spring semesters) are hired in the late spring of the prior academic year or in the summer. Candidates for summer internships are hired in the spring.

To apply, please email your resume/CV, a cover letter detailing your availability (start date, end date, and number of hours available per week), and our Intern Interest Questionnaire to Ellen Martin or fax to 434-924-0231. The deadline for applications for summer internships is March 1. The deadline for academic year internships is May 1.