Recruitment #2104-0498-001


The Department of City Development (DCD) is seeking graduate students interested in urban planning, zoning, and community engagement to serve as Graduate Interns within the Planning Division.  

Graduate Interns are provided with valuable career development opportunities to work on a wide variety of planning projects, including working closely with professional planners, residents, developers, and community partners to support DCD Planning projects and initiatives.  

Internships with DCD provide wide-ranging exposure to the operations of a large city planning and development department and allow interns the opportunity to contribute to shaping the future of Milwaukee neighborhoods in partnership with community stakeholders.


The Graduate Intern supports the Planning Division of the Department of City Development (DCD) by carrying out a variety of research, analysis, and community engagement tasks related to land use, urban design, zoning, and neighborhood planning and engagement.  

Graduate Interns work approximately 20 hours per week and cannot exceed 1,040 hours per year while enrolled in a graduate program from an accredited college or university.  

This posting may be used to hire several Graduate Interns who will be assigned to support Planning Administration, Long Range Planning, and GIS/Data Analysis projects within the Planning Division.

Essential Functions

Urban Planning Research and Analysis        

  • Conduct research and analysis and prepare reports on topics such as land use, zoning changes and appeals, demographic data, neighborhood and economic development, zoning codes, and urban design to support development of neighborhood plans and/or zoning and development review.         
  • Carry out data analysis and/or geographic information systems (GIS) mapping to support planning projects.

Administrative Support         

  • Prepare materials for public meetings and Plan Commission hearings, including PowerPoint presentations, staff reports, referral letters, and outreach materials.         
  • Assist Planning Staff at public meetings and City Plan Commission meetings, including supporting neighborhood engagement efforts and note-taking.         
  • Assist Planning Staff with the review of Board of Zoning Appeals cases.

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Current enrollment in a master’s degree or PhD program in urban planning, architecture, geography, urban studies, public administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. o    Enrollment must be maintained throughout employment as a Graduate Intern. 
  2. Eligible candidates must have at least one full semester remaining past the application deadline.

IMPORTANT NOTE: College transcripts are required and must be received by the application period closing date. Transcripts should be attached to your online application or sent via email to Applications without transcripts attached will be considered incomplete and may be rejected. Student/unofficial copies are acceptable; however, your transcript must be legible and include your college/university name, your name, the degree completed (if applicable) and the date completed.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite and/or ArcGIS.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of urban planning principles.        
  • Ability to support community engagement in racially and socioeconomically diverse communities.   
  • Ability to read and interpret work-related documents.         
  • Written communication skills, including the ability to create reports, letters, and highly graphical presentations and documents.        
  • Verbal communication and presentation skills to be able to appear before various audiences to deliver reports.        
  • Proficiency using standard computer software and programs such as PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook.        
  • Ability to learn and use geographic information systems.        
  • Ability to learn and use software applications for creative functions such as graphic design.

Organizational and Critical Thinking       

  • Ability to conduct research and data analysis.         
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.         
  • Ability to organize assignments and manage time to complete tasks based on departmental deadlines.         
  • Ability to exhibit impeccable integrity.        
  • Ability to exhibit professionalism and demonstrate dependability and flexibility.         
  • Honesty and the ability to maintain confidentiality.

Interpersonal and Customer Service         

  • Interpersonal skills to be able to establish and maintain good relationships with planning staff members and other City managers and staff.         
  • Customer service skills to be able to professionally and effectively serve customers, including business owners, developers, academics, and the public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively, effectively, and fairly with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one's own.        
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Current Salary

The current hourly pay rate (PR 9PN) is $14.28 per hour, and the current resident incentive pay rate for City of Milwaukee residents is $14.71 per hour.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: education and experience evaluation; written, oral, or performance tests, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to oral and performance examinations. Oral examinations may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The examination will be held as soon as practical after Friday, May 21, 2021. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the examination. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative test administration. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information


  • Applications and further information can be accessed by visiting
  • Applications and transcripts should be submitted no later than the deadline listed above.        
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or         
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located in City Hall, 200 E Wells St, Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202.


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The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.