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Communications Fellow - APA Great Places in America Campaign

American Planning Association

Washington, DC United States

The American Planning Association (APA) is seeking a recent graduate or graduate level fellow with a focus in communications, public affairs, journalism, or related field to support strategic communications for Great Places in America, APA's flagship communications and advocacy campaign.

Great Places in America celebrates the planning stories behind the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces across the country communities love most. These great places feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders, and planners. Great Places are announced at Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, the final day of APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference in September.


The communications fellow will play a major role in the implementation of the Great Places in America and National Community Planning Month strategies. In this capacity, the fellow will focus primarily on supporting a successful national Great Places in America announcement in Washington, DC, and subsequent celebratory events in the 15 designated communities. The fellow is responsible for establishing and maintaining strong working relationships with the city planners and other points of contact of all 15 designated Great Places. A successful candidate has experience conducting outreach to a variety of stakeholders and event planning. The communications fellow will spearhead much of the campaign's targeted outreach to key audiences for the purpose of creating content that showcases the benefits of planning and ultimately, why it matters.  Experience with advocacy, event planning, and/or media relations a plus.

Successful candidates are effective communicators with excellent oral and writing skills. Organization and attention to detail is critical in this role. Experience working in an office setting a plus.

Key projects include:

  • Support communications and advocacy staff in the implementation of the Great Places and Planning Month strategies;
  • Assist in organizing 15 community celebrations that underscore that value of planning in each designated Great Place;
  • Building out long-form and short-form multimedia content for external audiences;
  • Conduct original policy and advocacy-related research as needed;
  • Assist with outreach to elected officials, key partners, and the media, and monitor news clips related to Great Places in America;
  • Work across multiple APA departments to develop a diversity of content highlighting Planning Month; and
  • Work with APA content team to identify and integrate Great Places stories into organization-wide content strategy.

GPA candidate should have a bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, journalism, or related field. Knowledge of planning-related issues a plus. Recent graduates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The part-time communications fellowship requires a successful candidate to be present for 28 hours Monday through Friday for the entirety of the fellowship.

Applicants should email cover letters and resumes to Emily Pasi, Public Affairs Manager, at epasi@planning.org. The submission deadline is Monday, February 11 at 5 p.m. ET.

Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Communications and Engagement
Salary Range