University of Oregon

Planning, Public Policy and Management

Internship & Job Resources

NOTE:  We do not take unsolicited requests for postings to the PPPM Internship Program webpages.

The following resources and databases provide information on the following:

Informational Interviewing & Writing Professional E-mail
Resume, CV and Cover Letter Writing
Careers in Public Service
Careers in Planning
Internship and Job Databases
Other Resources

Informational Interviewing & Writing Professional E-mail

Networking and informational interviewing are strategies to increase your knowledge of professions, jobs, and trends in your field of interest.  An informational interview is a way to gain information; it is not a job search strategy. You must prepare to conduct an informational interview by reading and thoughtfully drafting your questions. You do not want to ask a question that is already answered on the oganization's website. 

Harvard Kennedy School: Networking/Informational Interviewing
An overview of networking and informational interviewing.

UCLA Career Center:  Informational Interviewing
Overview of informational interviewing, including questions to ask.

Mastering the Informational Interview by Marci Alboher, NYT, January 29, 2008

Six Tips for an Effective Informational Interview by Jaime Hirashi, Experiential Learning, Net Impact

E-mail Etiquette - guidance on how to write professional e-mail

Resume, CV and Cover Letter Writing

Undergraduate Student Resume Template and Cover Letter Format and Guidelines (with comments)

Graduate Student Resume Template and Cover Letter Format and Guidelines (with comments)

Cover Letter Format (no comments/ready to "save as")

Capstone and CPW Experience
Sample of how to describe on resume.

NYU Wagner Office of Career Services and Experiential Learning--How-to Guides
See pages 9 and 10 of Resume Guide for a list of action verbs.  Recommend Cover Letter Format and Guidelines (above) for specific formatting guidance and tips for writing a professional cover letter.

Harvard Kennedy School
Guidance on writing resumes.  Includes list of action verbs and samples.

Europass CV Templates
Established in 2004 as a consistent framework for qualifications and competencies.

CV Writing Tips and Templates
Answers to many questions about CVs.

Careers in Public Service

Resource for careers in local government.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
Resource for careers in local government.

Go Government
Information and resources related to finding and applying for federal government jobs.  Includes advice on creating a federal resume, navigating, and taking advantage of the pathways internship program.  Not a jobs database.

Knowledge network for government, including career and job information.

Public Service Careers (NASPAA, APPAM and ASPA)
New job and career Web site created by three professional associations dedicated to professional public service careers and education.

Official site of career information and jobs in federal government.

Careers in Planning

American Planning Association
Nonprofit public interest and research organization involved with urban and rural planning issues.  Search the "jobs" database for internship opportunities.

Planetizen--The Planning and Development Network
Public interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community.  Search the "jobs" database for internship opportunities.

Cyburbia--the planning community
Features forums and job board.  Click on Resource Development/Career Development for jobs.

Planners Network: The Organization of Progressive Planning
See "Highlights" section for "Job Postings and Planners Network" link

Internship and Job Databases

Comprehensive list of sustainability organizations that offer internships, fellowships, and jobs.  Compiled by HEASC, DANS, and U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development.

Comprehensive list of global health internships and fellowships compiled by Global Health Corps.

American Fisheries Society
Database of jobs.

Searchable databases of year-round internships with local and national organizations that address critical community needs.
Oregon State Service Corps--list of AmeriCorps positions in Oregon.

Jobs for fundraising professionals.

Association of Washington Cities
Internships and jobs.

Annie E. Casey Foundation, The
List of jobs and internships.

The Cadmus Group
Listing of current openings with leading environmental consulting firm.  Multiple locations throughout the U.S.

Public sector job and internship database.  Click on "Search for Internships" for a quick list of current openings.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Searchable database of jobs.

Networking organization for nonprofit and government professionals in Portland area.

Congress for the New Urbanism
Database for planning jobs.

Cyburbia--the planning community
Features forums and job board.  Click on Resource Development/Career Development for jobs.

Cyber-Sierra Center for Natural Resources, Forestry and Conservation
Comprehensive job database for summer and year-round positions.

Searchable database of international development, global health, and humanitarian aid jobs and internships.

dmoz open directory project
Listing of urban and regional planning consultants
Internship and jobs database.

Environmental Career Opportunities
Internship and job databases--domestic and international.
Listing of environmental jobs.

Environmental Stewards
A program of Conservation Legacy and AmeriCorps that offers 10-week to 12-month positions with land and water management agencies and nonprofit agencies.
Planning-related jobs.

GIS Lounge
Listing of GIS jobs.
Insider's perspective on employers and jobs database.

Select "Internships" from left navigation bar.  Note: This site is owned by, but most resources may be accessed without registering.
Searchable jobs database.

High Country News
Job listings and internships in the U.S. West.

ICMA--International City/County Management Association
Searchable internship and job database.

Searchable databases of nonprofit internships and jobs.
Searchable database of internships.

International Association of Emergency Managers
Listing of jobs and internships.

Kaiser Family Foundation
Health policy internships, fellowships, and jobs.

Land Trust Alliance
Listing of internships and jobs related to land trusts and conservation.

League of Oregon Cities
Listing of jobs and internships in local government, including some positions in Washington.

LGBTQ Funders
Listing of jobs.

Searchable jobs database.

Mac's List/Pritchard Communications
List of jobs and internships in Portland metro area.

Metro Regional Government--Portland
Paid internships listed on jobs page.

National Center for Bicycling and Walking
Top 10 Bike/Ped Resources.  Excellent list of resources for internships, jobs, and conferences.

Nonprofit Association of Oregon, The
Jobs database.

Jobs and other opportunities in New Zealand and Australia.  Searchable database.

Oregon State Service Corps
list of AmeriCorps positions in Oregon.

Orion Grassroots Network
Searchable databases of jobs and internships with grassroots organizations engaged in ecological, social, and cultural change.

Planetizen--The Planning and Development Network
Public interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community.  Search the "jobs" database for internship opportunities.

Philanthropy News Digest
Searchable database of full-time, U.S.-based jobs with foundations and nonprofits.

Philanthropy Northwest Job Bank
List of jobs of philanthropy-related positions in the Pacific Northwest.

Policy Jobs
List of poicy-related internships and jobs available without password.

Database of preservation resources, jobs, and internships.

Relief Web
Searchable database for humanitarian relief internships and jobs.  To search for internships, click on "Advanced Search" under the "Vacancies" section.

RTI International
Primarily job database (some internships) for research and development positions in the U.S. and abroad.

Seattle nonprofit resources--UW Evans School

Search for Common Ground
U.S. and international internships and jobs.

Service Internships
All internships have a public service focus.  Includes international opportunities.

State of Oregon
Current internship and job listings.

State of Washington
Current internship and job listings.
Click on "Green Dream Jobs" for searchable database of jobs and internships.

Sustainable Business Oregon
List of green jobs.

Training Resources for the Environmental Community
Job listing of environment jobs throughout U.S.

Searchable database of jobs in federal government.

Searchable database of volunteer opportunities that connect people to causes.

Other Resources

Oregon Department of Justice searchable database of charitable organizations.

Oregon Blue Book
The official state directory and fact book about all levels of government in Oregon.

Oregon Policy Directory

Resources for Careers in Lobbying

State of Oregon
The official state of Oregon Web site.

O*Net Online
Descriptions of occupations, including skills, education, and experience required.