Summer Internships 2015

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A Postcard From: Sarah Gates ’16

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haircutName: Sarah Gates

Class Year: 2016

Internship Placement: Philadelphia City Planning Commission. I will be primarily working on the 2015 update to the Center City Parking Inventory.

What’s happening? We’d love to hear how your internship is going!

This summer I am interning at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. As an environmental studies major, I have not had a lot of exposure to the field of urban planning so this internship has been a great learning experience so far. It has been about a month since I started working at the planning commission. My primary focus is the Center City Parking inventory that is updated every five years. Right now I am in the middle of surveying parking lots and garages all around Center City Philadelphia. I have been able to explore many different areas of Philly that I probably would not have visited if I didn’t have this internship. I am hoping that by the end of the summer I will know the city very well and be able to navigate around it comfortably.

In addition to working on the parking survey I have been able to attend a lot of different meetings with Planning Commission staff members. I have also been able to learn a lot more about Philadelphia politics and the city government than I expected to with this internship. I’ve even had the privilege of going to a meeting held at City Hall, which was definitely a cool experience! I am looking forward to getting even more involved at the Planning Commission and hopefully attending some more meetings surrounding issues that I am interested in. I am also excited about getting to create a official report that will present the data that I will be collected throughout the summer.

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