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City of Renton Internship

Job Description
This internship in the City of Renton’s Community and Economic Development department is established to provide practical work experience to a current college student who demonstrates interest in studying and working in the Economic Development field.  It is the City’s intention to provide an opportunity for educational and practical experience and receive assistance with important projects over the duration of the internship.

This internship is anticipated to be 15-20 hours per week during the school year with the possibility of additional hours during the summer, however, this is an at-will position and could end earlier.

Please note: A writing sample is required to apply for this position. In addition to your application please submit a writing sample from a recent college course that is 1 to 3 pages in length and relates to this position. 

Under the direction an assigned supervisor, perform a variety of support functions for planning and economic development including duties such as field work, data collection, data base development, data analysis, research and report writing.  The Economic Development Intern performs entry-level duties under the direction of senior staff and supports department projects requiring research and fieldwork.  This position also performs entry-level land use analysis, data collection and report writing related to a specific project as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in collecting, compiling and analyzing data on land use, population and property characteristics from other departments and agencies for use in planning and economic development projects.
  • Assist department staff in data analysis using existing data files.
  • Develop new data files as directed.
  • Prepare graphic displays, maps and photographs.
  • Prepare memorandums and brief reports on data and land use issues.
  • Develop or revise various informational documents such as land use matrix sheets, developer’s guides, land use applications and other hand outs.
  • Assist in presentations to interdepartmental staff, commissions.
  • Participate and contribute to research studies
  • May be required to attend night meetings.
  • Remain current with relevant technological advancements as it relates to field.
  • Maintain regular, reliable, and punctual attendance; work flexible evening and/or weekend hours as required; ability to travel as required.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


  • Data collection, interpretation, and compilation methods
  • Marketing, communications, electronic media and common business software applications.
  • Correct English usage, grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary
  • Public relations and interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy
  • Read, interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others
  • Meet schedules and time lines
  • Plan and organize work


  • Currently enrolled in a Communications, Marketing, Business, Economics, Public Relations, Urban Planning or closely related program of study.
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License.
  • Successful passing of a required background check.
  • Provide a Driver’s Abstract that is approved by the Risk Management department.


The following represent the physical demands that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Operate a computer and other office equipment.
  • Work is performed in an office environment and in the field, but some attendance at night meetings may be required.

Approved reasonable accommodation requests will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.