Internship and Fellowship Opportunities


Areas of Focus

Architecture/Urban Design/Landscape Design

This position is for individuals who are enrolled in or recent graduates of an accredited design program. Design and analysis work may include: neighborhood level projects, community open space design, mobility and transportation analysis, and residential development. Proficiency in Adobe Design Suite is required.


Urban Planning/Community Development

This position is for individuals interested in the fields of urban planning, public policy, and community development. Work includes: researching design initiatives, writing case studies and reports, site and neighborhood analysis, and historical research. NCDC is committed to engaging citizens in the planning process and incorporating public ideas into its final plans. Interested persons should have in-depth knowledge in urban planning concepts and practices, and possess strong writing and verbal skills.


Environmental Science/Sustainability

NCDC works with several organizations and city departments committed to making Nashville a more sustainable and efficient city. This internship position would include researching and writing environmental case studies, developing and maintaining partnerships with other organizations, and participating in green initiatives in Nashville. Candidates should show a passion for and knowledge of environmental issues, and possess strong writing and verbal skills.


Grant Writing/Organizational Development

This position will provide assistance with efforts to write and develop grants for capacity building and future NCDC projects. Tasks will involve coordinating and promoting NCDC’s programs, identifying and applying for grants, and assisting with member and sponsor relations.


Communications/Marketing/Graphic Design

This position involves assisting with the design and development of public reports/case studies, marketing materials, and advertisements. In addition, the intern’s work will include maintenance of the NCDC website and social media presence. Work includes: writing press releases, creating marketing and advertising materials, contributing to the website/blog, and updating social media sites. This intern will work closely with the graphic design/ marketing intern and should possess strong writing and verbal skills. 

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowships with the Nashville Civic Design Center are awarded to design and research professionals who, through a partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center, are provided the opportunity to develop a variety of projects in support of the mission of NCDC. Fellows are expected to exhibit excellence in their past endeavors, and are considered ambassadors for NCDC within the Nashville community.
Design Fellow projects facilitate implementation of the 10 Principles of the Plan of Nashville, and have a real impact on Nashville communities. Fellowships vary greatly, but they generally include the opportunity to publish and/or exhibit the findings of the work. In many instances, primary authorship of the published work will be granted to the Fellow.  A stipend is typically provided for all fellowships. 

Anyone interested in a fellowship should be familiar with NCDC projects and programs and be willing to participate in our monthly programs. 


For more information contact:

Joe Mayes

Program Manager

Internship Opportunities

The Nashville Civic Design Center offers part-time and full-time internship opportunities throughout the year. The intern's main responsibility is to provide design, research and administrative assistance for NCDC’s projects.

The Civic Design Center's staff works closely with individuals to tailor each internship to fit the applicant’s interests and talents. Interns will have the opportunity to participate in multiple areas the office, including work in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, graphic design, mass media, community development, environmental sustainability, marketing/communications, volunteer coordination and fundraising.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with The Plan of Nashville and the Nashville Civic Design Center's mission and past work before interviewing. Recommended computer skills include Adobe Design Suite, sketch-up and MS Office.


To apply for an internship position, email a resume and cover letter to:

Joe Mayes

Program Manager