Housing Policy Intern

Urban Planning Partners
Oakland, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Economic Development
Public Policy
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Not required

Urban Planning Partners seeks a Housing Policy Intern for a three-month, paid internship focusing on housing law and policy.

Our firm has been awarded two contracts to conduct research, make recommendations, and implement solutions to increase housing affordability in Oakland. The selected intern will spend most of their time supporting us on these two projects, which are described below.

  • The Construction Innovation Initiative is focused on improving the City of Oakland’s planning and building processes for innovative construction projects. Because of the construction cost savings associated with innovative methods (e.g., factory-built housing, modular construction), greater housing affordability could be realized if the City facilitates the use of innovative construction methods. 
  • The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Initiative focuses on identifying and removing barriers to ADU construction in Oakland. A large part of this project will include applying an equity lens so that ADU policies, procedures, and practices will reduce, not aggravate, racial disparities related to housing security and neighborhood stability.

The intern will be expected to work independently to perform secondary (desk) research, synthesize information, and present findings verbally and in writing. Periodic briefings will allow the Housing Policy Intern to share findings with Urban Planning Partners’ staff. The format of briefings will be determined in collaboration between the intern and staff, but could include presentations to a small group, one-on-one meetings, or written memoranda. It is also anticipated that the intern will curate and update an annotated bibliography of all sources. Research will focus on, but is not limited to, the projects listed above.

Responsibilities: Support planning staff on project-specific and general research; follow and disperse legislative updates relevant to housing policy; present research findings during lunch sessions or via written materials; work independently; communicate clearly and effectively.

Requirements: Candidates should have strong organizational, research, writing, and verbal communication skills. They should be flexible, motivated to learn, and have strong attention to detail. Candidates should be pursuing studies or recent graduates of programs in planning, public policy, law, social justice, or a related discipline. Interest in housing policy is required and existing exposure to housing policy is a plus.

About Us: Urban Planning Partners is a small boutique consulting firm with diverse clients and projects. The firm’s services include land use policy, environmental review, community engagement, contract planning, grant writing, and entitlement assistance. The firm enjoys well-earned respect within the planning and real estate development industries. Our office is located in Downtown Oakland, just a block from the Fox Theater and a ½ block from the 19th Street BART station.

Job Details: Compensation will be provided at $18 per hour. While research could be done remotely, it is ideal for the intern to be in the office at least once a week to touch base with staff and provide briefings. The position would require an estimated 20-30 hours per week. A full-time position could be a possibility for the right candidate, on condition that that they provide support to planning staff beyond housing policy (e.g., support on environmental review projects, administrative tasks, entitlements strategy research, etc.). Urban Planning Partners is an equal opportunity employer.

Other Perks: The intern will gain practical, hands-on experience in research and planning policy and will come to be an expert on housing policy. The intern will be an integral member of our team, helping us develop and advance progressive housing solutions and policies.

To Apply: Please send an email to mrupp@up-partners.com and attach a single (one) PDF file that includes your cover letter and resume. Please include "Housing Policy Intern" in the Subject line of the e-mail and name the PDF file as follows: Intern_last name_first initial_date (submitted in YYMMDD format). For example: Intern_Smith_B_190228.pdf. In your cover letter, please express why you are a great fit for the role.

No phone calls please.

Thanks and Good Luck!

Published on:
February 27, 2019 - 9:39am
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