Intern – Planning Technician
CenterCenter for Livable Communities
GroupCommunity Development
Salary Range$15.00/per hour-$17.00/per hour


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency that focuses on issues critical to the region’s success, including growth and development, transportation, water resources, services for older adults and workforce solutions. ARC is dedicated to unifying the region’s collective resources to prepare the metropolitan area for a prosperous future. This is done through professional planning initiatives, the provision of objective information and the involvement of the community in collaborative partnerships. 

The Community Development Group is within the Center for Livable Communities and manages initiatives undertaken through the Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP), Livable Centers Initiative (LCI), and other activities.  

This position will be responsible for performing entry level professional planning duties including gathering, compiling and analyzing data; coordinating project logistics; and assisting with program administration and project management. This individual is expected to play a key role in work carried out through CDAP, LCI and local and regional comprehensive plans. This is a full-time temporary position (37.5 hours on average per week) that may be eligible for the High-Deductible Health Plan. 



  • Assists in the reviewing and verifing program documentation from participants; meets with participating community representatives; conducts site visits to perform evaluations; reviews and approve applications or advise on application rejections;
  • Assists with program initiatives including researching new initiatives, compiling information, updating data, assisting local planning agencies, and/or receiving and processing program invoices;
  • Assists with the facilitating of stakeholder processes and task force meetings including organizing meetings, establishing agendas, preparing backup materials, coordinating speakers, and collecting input;
  • Assists in preparing original documents and written materials including reports, newsletters, local comprehensive plans, and/or press releases;
  • Assists with preparing and updating digital media including website maintenance and coding/designing digital media;
  • Assists senior level planners, supervisors and managers with meeting content, presentations, meeting coordination, project management and/or stakeholder relations;
  • Perform other duties assigned to support agency goals and objectives.


  • Knowledge of the links between transportation, land use, housing, economic development, community development, and natural resources;
  • Skill in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis;
  • Skill in Adobe Creative Suite software including InDesign and Illustrator;
  • Skill in innovative outreach and engagement activities, including the use of social media;
  • Ability to conduct field work in a variety of conditions;
  • Ability to conduct research and perform quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  • Ability to contribute to complex projects and to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Ability to assist in providing technical assistance, conducting trainings and workshops, and developing innovative, collaborative solutions to build local capacity;
  • Ability to immediately contribute to assignments in a diversity of topics including but not limited to creative placemaking, affordable housing, bicycle-pedestrian planning, green infrastructure, historic preservation, and access to healthy food;
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office or other word processing, spreadsheet graphing and analysis, and/or presentation software.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION (equivalent combination acceptable): 

  • Bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, economics, architecture, landscape architecture or related field 


In addition to the detailed examples of responsibilities and abilities contained herein, all employees of the Atlanta Regional Commission are expected to model behavior consistent with the guiding principles outlined in our Evolution Strategy. Specifically, incumbents are responsible for demonstrating work habits that are:  

  1. Interdisciplinary by promoting professional and interpersonal connections and integration across functional disciplines;
  2. Holistic by seeking expertise within the team, Group, or Agency to produce his/her work output, and demonstrating a strong understanding of and support for interrelationships between their work and the work of others in the team, Group, or Agency;
  3. Actionable by continuously striving to improve his/her capabilities to produce sustainable outcomes, and displaying a strong need for achievement and a high energy level to attain goals;
  4. Outcome Based by taking the initiative to meet goals and expectations, and consistently striving to produce tangible results with significant visible impact, and;
  5. Targeted toward Ensuring Colleagues' Success by willingly and deliberately providing his/her expertise to others in an effort to build and sustain effective internal and external working relationships, and by modeling behaviors that consistently demonstrate concern for colleagues' success, needs, respect, trust and integrity.