Want to learn more about planning issues in Charlottesville and Albemarle?

Here is an opportunity to  learn about podcast production and online journalism while attending planning meetings and other public meetings.

On August 5, 2009 Sean Tubbs wrote

Charlottesville Tomorrow is currently accepting applications for the position of Semester Intern for the Fall of 2009.  As the application deadline approaches, we need your help recruiting candidates.The Semester Intern will help our non-partisan organization cover critical elections in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. The internship is an excellent way to become familiar with planning issues in both communities.

Duties will include attending meetings and candidate forums in order to bring the public in-depth information on key decisions related to land use, transportation and community design. The successful candidate will assist Charlottesville Tomorrow’s two full-time staff in the production of concise narratives, audio podcasts of meetings, as well as online video of election-related events.

Previous interns have said the position has provided an excellent education outside of the classroom.

“Being able to observe and engage with the Charlottesville-Albemarle community’s land use and transportation discussions has been an ideal supplement to the planning theory and methods I’m acquiring from classes.” Through the course of attending planning commission meetings and other public meetings, I have gradually been able to pick up some of the nuances and political undercurrents of the decision-making process.” Daniel Nairn, Semester Intern 2008-09
“Spending time going to public meetings has given me insight into how local government works and how important it is to understand the historic context behind decisions that will affect our community in the future….Additionally, I learned about online journalism and podcast production, as well as useful writing techniques.”  Fania Gordon, University of Virginia Public Service Fellow 2008-09

For a complete description of the position, please visit Charlottesville Tomorrow’s job opportunities page.

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume by August 12, 2009 to Sean Tubbs, Program Officer at Charlottesville Tomorrow, at stubbs@cvilletomorrow.org.  Only electronic submissions will be considered.