Urban Planning Intern

PlanningPart TimeToronto, ON

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Position Title: Urban Planning Intern

Job Description:

Urban Planning Interns are responsible for working with Urban Strategies’ team of Urban Designers and Urban Planners to undertake a wide range of assignments on projects large and small in a variety of settings.


Practice Area

  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, work with multidisciplinary teams to advance complex projects;
  • Under the guidance of the Project Leadership, support the preparation of reports, presentations, panels and other materials for communication with clients and project stakeholders;
  • Contribute to technical components of planning reports including but not limited to site descriptions, proposal descriptions, community needs assessments;
  • Work independently and collaboratively with project teams to exercise judgement on specific tasks to support the overall project team;
  • Communicate clearly, professionally, and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
  • Adapt and respond to a dynamic and fast-paced work environment;
  • Quality control and troubleshooting of project work;
  • Contribute to the proposal writing process;
  • Assist with coordination of planning approvals including, creating response table of City comments, coordinate submission materials and ongoing monitoring.

Project Management

  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership advance small projects; support the advancement of complex projects as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Support and, where required, lead meeting facilitation with clients and at community consultation events in conjunction with Project Leads. Oversee and support the presentation of concepts at client and public meetings;
  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership contribute to the preparation and management of client contracts and budgets; oversight of budget utilization and project risk management. Support budget revisions, invoice management and finalization. Follow up with clients as requested with regards to invoicing and collections, highlighting with Project Leadership when there are concerns. In collaboration with Project Leadership, manage the scheduling and logistics for meetings and consultation events;
  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership, conduct the scheduling and logistics for meetings and consultation events;
  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership, support optimal resource allocation and utilization for project teams;
  • Report back to Project Leadership any key issues or concerns regarding project processes, budgets and client or subconsultant relations;
  • Under the guidance of Project Leadership ensure that business development is updated as to the project status and that project marketing materials are up to date.


  • Analyze and support the summarization of policy documents, zoning by-laws and background studies;
  • Research of surrounding applications for rationales and various planning reports;
  • Research and analyze trends and best practices related to urban planning.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in planning or a related field.
  • Strong PowerPoint skills; a solid understanding of MS Office suite.
  • Demonstrated strong knowledge of and experience in applying planning policy and regulations in Ontario, including the Provincial Policy Statement, the Growth Plan, official plans and zoning by-laws.
  • Able to connect, engage and influence
  • Organized and detail orientated
  • Proven knowledge and/or experience working with GIS


  • Working towards a Master’s Degree in planning or a related field.
  • Membership in OPPI and CIP
  • Basic skills in Adobe InDesign
  • Skills in other Adobe Creative Suite software (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Skills and experience in advances data mapping, management and analysis.
  • Fluency in French or Mandarin.
  • The ability and willingness to travel outside of Toronto

This is a paid, part-time internship position

Note: This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. It is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties or skills required, and the employee may be required to perform other duties (that they are skilled to perform) as requested.