City of Charleston
Charleston, SC
United States
Professional Areas: 
Regional Planning
Urban Design
Experience Level: 
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Urban Design Internship


Design Division is the City of Charleston’s in-house urban design studio. We are seeking a qualified, creative and self-motivated design intern to join our team.

  • Duration: 18 weeks at 32 hours per week
  • Undergraduate degree (obtained or enrolled): $10/hour
  • Graduate degree (obtained or enrolled): $12/hour

This position will serve as a studio production assistant in urban, architectural and graphic design. Applicants should possess a foundational knowledge of urban design principles and relevant site design and graphic production skills (involving, at a minimum, the use of Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, and hand drawing abilities).

General duties include:

  • Contribute significantly as a member of the design team on a variety of projects
  • Basic site design ideation and graphic production, from concept to presentation
  • Public engagement; planning for and participation in workshops and charrettes
  • Site documentation, analysis and 3D modeling
  • Precedent, best practices and creative solutions research


  • Good digital communications skills, including reasonable response time to e-mails, proper calendar event management, and professionally-composed messages
  • Basic workplace professionalism, including work-appropriate attire, respectful and engaged interpersonal communication, and the ability to take your work seriously
  • Willingness to listen, learn, contribute, collaborate and generate ideas
  • Taking initiative to explore design concepts, research precedents and solve problems
  • Desire to draw by hand and be creative


Applicants should submit a brief statement of interest in the body of an e-mail with an attached resume and work samples to: Allen Davis, Director of Civic Design, at

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The Charleston Civic Design Center, located at 85 Calhoun Street, is an urban design studio and public engagement event space operated by the City of Charleston. The center functions as a gallery, event venue, meeting space and information center for the general public about urban design and planning matters. The building is uniquely positioned to serve as a community design idea hub, using its physical shopfront and virtual interfaces to engage stakeholders in the design process.

The Charleston Civic Design Center is home to the Design Division, a part of the City’s Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability. Our current mission is to elevate the dialogue of civic design in the city and facilitate the creation of well-designed places.

The Design Division conducts a variety of urban design, site design, architectural and city planning operations ranging in scope and geographic context. Project deliverables involve internal exploration and analysis drawings for planning and design decision-making, technical writing and graphic design as part of a regulating and/or communication element, presentations to civic groups and City Council, signature Design Division report booklets, and various contributions to small site and master plans. The graphic quality of these deliverables ranges from notational/conceptual to highly-refined plans, sections, diagrams and perspective renderings.

The Design Division works collaboratively in a studio environment that embraces creativity and innovation, while keeping in mind the real and perceived constraints of projects. In addition to regular workshops and other meetings, we employ the National Charrette Institute model to conduct authentic design charrettes.


Our interns are exposed to urban design and planning practices in a municipal urban design studio. Interns are mentored in our design methods and exposed to the political realities and stakeholders of their projects. Tasks may range in complexity from large-scale urban design projects to the day-to-day duties of operating a small design studio. Charleston is a growing and challenging urban environment, so interns will have a rapidly changing urban laboratory as the context of their work.

All interns will be exposed to skills, people and experiences that will contribute highly to their professional development. Those who demonstrate initiative and commitment will be given meaningful projects that will enhance their professional portfolios. Excellent interns will receive a letter of recommendation from the Director of Civic Design.

Published on:
July 18, 2018 - 9:14am
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