MCRP Internship Program

Kim Burton, MCRP Internship Coordinator
(e): burton.90@osu.edu  (t): 614-292-1027

Program Overview

The MCRP Internship Program provides students with a broad, but intensive learning experience in the city and regional planning field. All students in the MCRP program are required to complete 560 hours in a planning-related internship.  Students typically work 20 hours a week in conjunction with their course work to integrate learning in and outside of the classroom. A variety of employers participate in the internship program, including all levels of government, private practice, and not-for-profit groups. In their internships, our students have the opportunity to perform analyses, write reports, create maps, prepare presentations, and engage with the public, among many other activities.

Our Internship Coordinator assists students with internship opportunities through our expansive network of planning-related organizations in the Central Ohio area. Students may find an internship through the existing network, but they can also obtain an internship on their own. The Internship Coordinator reviews and approves all internships to ensure students gain relevant planning-related experience to prepare them for their future career in planning. A vast majority of our students participate in paid internships, and a select number of students receive a tuition waiver while participating in their internship.

As a result of the Internship Program, our students graduate with real-world planning experience, valuable connections, and a step towards their professional planning license (AICP). Many of our students are offered the opportunity to continue on at their internship placement in full-time positions after graduation.

Want more details? See the MCRP Internship Program Handbook and a list of our past internship partners. To see a snapshot of the work our students contribute through their internships, view students’ internship posters from our poster competitions.

Professional Development Seminar

In addition to the internship experience, all of our MCRP students must complete two semesters of the Professional Development Seminar, preferably in their first year. In this seminar, our Internship Coordinator assists students in developing materials and skillsets needed to pursue a career in city and regional planning. The first semester focuses on preparing the materials needed for a career in planning; the second semester focuses on developing networking skills in the planning profession.