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Environmental Planning Internship
The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) is currently seeking a current or recent graduate or undergraduate student for a spring semester 2018 internship.  Preference will be given to students with coursework and experience in urban/environmental planning, environmental science, or a closely related area.  Any student with an existing research project fitting RVARC environmental planning goals is encouraged to apply.

Specific assistance is needed with these projects:

Water Supply

  • Assist Regional Planner II with supportive tasks such as: coordinating meetings, pulling data for localities, data entry into VA Hydro

Stormwater Advisory Committee

  • Research comparable environmental and stormwater committees at a regional level throughout the state
  • Conduct individual interviews with stormwater partners, including locality staff, CVC, and others, to assess needed functions of the committee and areas for increased Regional Commission support
  • Research regional needs with regards to wetland reparation or other projects in anticipation of applying for a NFWF grant next year

Urban Tree Canopy Assessment

  • Research funding and support avenues for a new urban tree canopy assessment
  • Determine scope of efforts internally if no outside funding exists
  • Work with Urban Forestry staff to identify other areas of staff support for forestry efforts regionally if needed

Greenway Counters

  • Assist Regional Planner II with checking and processing counter data
  • Conduct a counter re-calibration study to check effectiveness of current counters
  • Research other counter options and funding options for new counter systems

Other duties include attending meetings and producing meeting notes as required for Blueway, Local Food, and Stormwater committee initiatives, as well as opportunities for additional research projects to support academic goals.

This is a paid internship with a flexible work schedule up to a maximum of 29.5 hours/week.  For more information, please refer to the sections below on how to apply.

Internship and Volunteer Program

Internship and volunteer opportunities are available year-round with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission’s Internship and Volunteer Program for students and individuals that have coursework, interest and/or experience in any of the following areas:  regional and transportation planning, community and economic development, water and environmental resources planning, demographics, mapping, housing, homelessness, citizen participation and outreach, general research and data collection, website design, graphic design, and/or related topics.

Types of Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Academic and special project (thesis, research, capstone project, etc.) internships and volunteer opportunities are available for students from a range of academic majors and/or skill sets. Note: Academic credit internships are based on academic institution and/or department requirements and the intern is responsible for completing all requisite administrative items.

Internship and/or Volunteer Projects and Duties

Specific duties and assignments will be based on intern’s/individual’s area(s) of interest/expertise and the Regional Commission’s Work Program. An overview of programs, projects, and activities is in the Regional Commission’s Comprehensive Work Program.

Work Hours and Office Location

Work hours are flexible and based on the intern’s or volunteer’s schedule, academic institution requirements for academic or other credit, and the timetable of various projects in which the intern or volunteer will be participating. Regional Commission office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Regional Commission is located at 313 Luck Avenue, SW, Roanoke VA 24016. Directions and parking information.

Benefits of an Internship with the Regional Commission

* Opportunity to work on a range of projects and activities with a multidisciplinary staff
* Valuable work experience
* Research opportunities
* Academic credit
* Compensation for student internships
* Networking opportunities
* New skills development
* Flexible work schedule
* Telecommuting

To apply for an internship, or for additional information, contact Bryan Hill at 540.343.4417 or bhill@rvarc.org.  Interested persons should complete the RVARC Internship Interest Form when submitting information about internships.

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