Internship Opportunities at the Florida Community Design Center

The Florida Community Design Center (FCDC) is excited to announce two internships now available through the Design Center. We are looking for two energetic and enterprising individuals with experience and education related to planning, sustainability, policy, and/or economics to join our team for the spring, summer, or fall semester. Interns will take on a semester project, as well as work as a team to create publications and media to support the FCDC efforts.

Take a look at these job descriptions. Community programs and projects serve the Gainesville, Alachua County, or other Florida community by providing investment and support for people who need it most. All too often, the projects and communities that need the most support get the least. If you have experience working at a local community level, let us know. We are happy to field any questions. Send us your application with attached resume, cover letter, and any other qualifying information. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Community Projects Intern

● This intern will be responsible for staying in touch with one or more community projects. They will need to stay on top of each project they work on, and develop and commit to a timeline for each project. Finding the resources for each project and supporting the project team will be crucial. Providing support and outreach for each project will help it succeed.

● This intern will be responsible for requesting assistance from local professionals, other interns, university faculty, city staff, and anyone that is willing to donate their time, money, or energy to help see the projects succeed.

● This intern will help support other intern’s projects and provide resources and assistance to the FCDC team when needed.

Community Programs Intern

● This intern will be responsible for keeping the FCDC in touch with the community programs that operate within the city and county and providing them resources and support to succeed in their goals.

● This intern will write grants to provide support for the FCDC, the projects that flow through the FCDC, and the community programs that support local people. Previous grant writing experience is a plus.

● This intern will keep the FCDC updated of important volunteer opportunities and provide the outreach and support for some of these programs.

● Knowledge of various outreach tools from social media to newspapers and publications will help this intern succeed and provide support for community’s programs.

The two internships being offered will encompass the following responsibilities within the FCDC:

● One spring or fall semester part time internship commitment of 300 hours. That’s approximately 20 hours a week, half of which can be on your own time, half at the FCDC.

● Interns will select between multiple projects to allocate their work and resources. These projects can range from design projects to community development programs. All projects that flow through the FCDC are sustainability related. Previous volunteers and interns have worked on topics such as tiny houses and affordable housing, park design, landscape architecture, downtown parking, local business advocacy, and bike trails, among others. Choose a project that YOU want to work on, and you get to form a team to work on that project. This will encompass the majority of the experience.

● Interns will collectively be responsible for planning, designing, and distributing a monthly publication that will be shared with leaders in local government, business, and other organizations.

At least two students will be selected for these positions. Again, these are unpaid internships. If you have an internship requirement within your college or major, we will assist you in seeking to structure the experience to count as practical experience. For example, the Sustainability and the Built Environment major requires either a 6-credit internship or a 6-credit Practicum course. These internships will satisfy the Practicum course for SBE majors.

Here is the Google doc application to apply! Download it, complete it, and return it to Info@FLCDC.org. Or print it out and drop it by our office at 101 North Main Street.

Please include your resume, a brief cover letter telling us why you would like this opportunity, and any other qualifying material you would like to include (such as references, or examples of past work you have completed).

Please feel free to contact us with any questions! Email us at info@flcdc.org, or call us during regular business hours.

Randy Wells, Executive Director: (352) 318-9410