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21 Apr 2021

College Internship Economic Development Intern

Strafford Regional Planning Commission – Posted by Rochester

Internship Description

Strafford Regional Planning Commission seeks an Economic Development Intern to support our Economic Development District’s Recovery and Resiliency Planning Program. This position provides an opportunity to work with a collaborative team focused on supporting local communities and businesses recover from the COVID-19 Pandemic and plan for a more resilient future.

Overall, Commission employees are hardworking, motivated individuals dedicated to providing the highest quality of public service in a friendly, progressive environment. The right individual will have a positive attitude about working for the Commission and representing the Strafford region of coastal New Hampshire. For more information about the Commission, visit


This position will be primarily tasked with assisting SRPC’s Economic Recovery Coordinator and Senior Regional Planner for Economic Development. The intern will:

Assist with direct technical assistance to support municipalities and businesses.
Update and prepare regional economic development data and reports.
Communicate with municipalities and update their priority economic development projects listed in SRPC’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.
Schedule program meetings, disseminate agendas, and draft meeting notes.
Assist with the development and maintenance of a resource website for business owners.
Research funding opportunities for businesses.
Assist municipalities with digitizing plan sets and records.
Prepare weekly project highlights to publish in SRPC’s Bits and Pieces newsletter.

Candidate Qualifications

Applicants must, at a minimum, be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program studying planning, community or economic development, or other related fields.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills:
Excellent communication, writing skills and research capabilities.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software applications.
Ability to meet variable deadlines and handle reprioritized tasks on occasionally short notice.
Team orientation and personal accountability.

While not required, the following skill sets are a plus:
Working knowledge of planning and local government processes.
IT, audiovisuals, cybersecurity, marketing, and/or website development.
Experience in R, Python, and/or ESRI GIS software.

The rate of pay is $15-17 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. The intern position is for 40 hours per week during academic breaks (summer 2021 and winter 2021-22) and up to 16 hours a week during the academic year (September 2021-June 2022). Exact start and end dates will be set to correspond with the selected candidate’s academic calendar and availability.

Position is open until filled.

Additional Information

Strafford Regional Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity/affirmation Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, and nation of origin. The Commission encourages minorities, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged applicants to apply

How to Apply

Application Submission Please reply with a cover letter, resume, three professional references, and one work sample. Submit materials to using the subject line “Economic Development Intern.”

Internship Categories: Other. Internship Types: College Internship. Internship Tags: economic development, regional planning, and Urban Planning. Salaries: Paid Hourly.

Internship expires in 67 days.

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