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Research Fellow - APA Great Places in America Campaign

American Planning Association

Washington, DC United States

The American Planning Association (APA) is seeking a graduate level fellow with a focus in urban planning or related field to support research and analysis efforts for Great Places in America, APA's flagship communications and advocacy campaign.

Great Places in America celebrates 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 during Planners' Day on Capitol Hill, the final day of APA's Policy and Advocacy Conference in September.


The Research Fellow is responsible for identifying, reviewing and analyzing suggested locations and proposals submitted by APA members, elected officials, and the general public. Having a keen eye for identifying planning stories that embody the policies APA and planners support is critical. A successful candidate will feel comfortable referencing Census and American Community Survey data; comprehensive plans; and other planning-related documents.

The Fellow will be instrumental in ensuring all Great Places-related content accurately describes and depicts designees' planning efforts, past and present. Candidates should be proficient inwriting and translating complex planning issues into messaging that resonates with a wide array of audiences. Knowledge and expertise in ArcGIS and graphic design are pluses.

Key projects include:

  • Compiling key statistics, data, visuals / graphics and background information for prospective Great Place designee locations;
  • Presenting analysis, and ultimately, recommendations to planning subject matter experts;
  • Identifying key planning story lines for designees, and verifying the accuracy for each designee's unique story;
  • Providing research, analysis, and writing for APA's Policy & Advocacy team as needed.

Candidates earning a graduate degree in urban planning or recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

The part-time Research Fellowship position requires a successful candidate to be present for 28 hours Monday through Friday for the entirety of the position. Organization and attention to detail is critical in this role. Experience working in an office setting a plus.

Applicants should email 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