Geography & Planning


Many students benefit from an internship experience during their junior or senior year. Often these are available during the summer. Formal internships are for academic credit, and involve a faculty supervisor as well as an employer supervisor. The student receives professional experience, and in many cases may receive a wage or expense money. To enroll in an internship, the student submits an Internship Agreement Form (available from the Geography and Planning department office in Ruby Jones 103).

Current Internship Opportunities:

Check back regularly; new internship opportunities are posted when they are made known to us!

  • Econsult Solutions, Inc. is looking for paid, part-time research assistants. The interns would "Conduct statistical analyses of economic and demographic data, including econometric modeling; Preparation and analysis of large volumes of data in conjunction with ESI staff; Spatial analyses of data, including maps and visuals as needed." Posted 9/03/15.


Past Internship Opportunities:

As you can see, there are plenty of internship opportunities in Geography & Planning!

  • Paid summer jobs with PENNENVIRONMENT, working on a campaign to "close loopholes in the Clean Water Act." Posted 6/15/15.
  • Cape May County's Planning Department is looking for a GIS/GPS Intern.This is a paid position (about $11/hr) and not to exceed 35 hours a week. A WCU alumni told us about this position! Posted 5/29/2015.
  • Crow's Nest Preserve in Elverson, PA is looking for a year-long intern, beginning in September 2015 and ending August 2016, for 37.5 hours a week. Housing is included. See the job description and advertisement. Posted 5/18/15.
  • McMahon Transportation Engineers & Planners is hiring a GIS intern. Posted 5/13/15.
  • Cedarville Engineering Group in Pottstown is looking for a GIS intern. Posted 5/07/15.
  • For Delaware County Residents only: The Delaware County Planning Department is looking for three paid summer interns. There are two positions in planning and one in transportation. Posted 04/22/2015.
  • The Delaware Valley Green Building Council is looking for a Marketing and Communications Intern. Posted 4/09/15.
  • The Stroud Water Research Center is hiring paid summer interns to work on a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation funded watershed restoration project in the upper Brandywine Creek watershed. Experience with GPS, GIS, topographic surveying, fish or aquatic invertebrate identification, or data analysis are desirable. Posted 4/06/2015.
  • Crow's Nest Preserve in Elverson, PA has a summer internship in environmental education. They add "low cost rental accommodations are available which will work even for students who do not have a car." Posted 4/06/2015.
  • The Brandywine Conservancy has two internships available for this summer with the Land Stewardship Department and the Municipal Assistance/GIS Program. They can both be found on the Brandywine Conservancy website and the PALTA website.Posted 3/26/2015
  • The Lehigh and Northampton Transportation Authority (LANta) is also looking for a summer intern. Posted 3/26/2015
  • Camp Linden, a summer program to introduce inner-city children to the wonders of nature, is seeking counselors with background and interest in gardening and the natural world. The camp is located in a rural setting along the Brandywine in West Bradford, about 8 miles from West Chester. Posted 3/17/2015
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park is offering three unpaid summer internships. Posted 2/18/2015
  • Critical Zone Research Experience for Undergraduates. Posted 2/18/2015
  • The Berks County Planning Commission is currently seeking two work study positions for the summer of 2015.
  • Pennsylvania Resources Council in Newtown Square is offering an unpaid summer internship working with the Newtown Square Farmers's Market and other environmental projects and programs. Posted 1/26/2015.
  • Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Fieldschool: Anthropology Methods Immersion on the Island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, is offering summer research opportunities. Posted 1/26/2015.
  • Yearlong paid positions are available with Green Corps: "In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups." Posted 1/16/2015.
  • Summer position available for an Urban Forestry Intern with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. Posted 1/13/2015.
  • The Borough of Lansdale is offering a paid internship in the maintenance and development of a municipal Geographic Information System. Posted 1/2/2015.
  • TDS Telecom, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, is offering three paid internship positions. Posted 1/2/2105.


In recent years WCU students have held academic internships with these employers:

  • Berks County Planning Commission
  • Borough of Downingtown
  • Borough of Lansdale
  • Borough of Norristown
  • Borough of West Chester
  • Brandywine Conservancy, Inc.
  • Brandywine Valley Association
  • Bucks County Planning Commission
  • Cahill Associates
  • Caln Township
  • Chester County Conservation District- the U.S. Bureau of the Census
  • Chester County DCIS-GIS
  • Chester County Economic Development Council
  • Chester County Health Department
  • Chester County Parks and Recreation
  • Chester County Planning Commission
  • City of Altoona, PA
  • City of Philadelphia, GIS
  • City of Philadelphia, Licenses and Inspections
  • City of Rockford, Illinois
  • Conrail
  • Delaware County Planning Department
  • Delaware Nature Society
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission
  • East Goshen Township
  • East Whiteland Township
  • Geography and Planning Department, WC
  • HAC Group
  • Laboratory of Avian Medicine and Pathology
  • Lancaster County Planning Commission
  • Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
  • Middletown Township, NJ Planning Department
  • Montgomery County Planning Commission
  • National Park Service
  • Natural Lands Trust
  • NAVTEQ, Conshohocken, PA
  • New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's Bureau of Planning and Research
  • Randolph Township
  • Re/Max Centre Realtors
  • Roy F. Weston Company, Inc.
  • UGI Utilities
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
  • U.S. Forest Service Northeastern Research Station
  • Upper Makefield Township
  • West Bradford Township
  • West Chester Regional Planning Commission
  • West Whiteland Township