Student Planner Program
"Learning by Doing" Program Overview:
The Indiana County Office of Planning & Development is pleased to present the award-winning Student Planner Program or SP2. The program is an exciting experiential learning opportunity for local college students studying planning and related disciplines. Each semester, cohorts of 4-8 student planners are challenged to become part of individual planning teams, led by county planning staff, focused on advancing specific planning initiatives in local communities across the County. As team members, students develop project specific workplans designed to assist full-time planners with background data collection, public outreach, plan development, and the funding strategies.
Since its inception in 2009, more than 55 undergraduate and graduate students have participated in the highly-regarded and highly-competitive program, making up 20 cohorts of student planners.
Most of the student planners come from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's (IUP) recently accredited Regional Planning Program, one of only 15 accredited undergraduate planning programs in the nation. Other students come from multiple academic departments and programs at IUP including the Department of Journalism and Public Relations, Department of Communications Media, and the Department of Political Science. Each semester the county’s full-time planners wade through numerous application packets and interviews seeking just the right fit.
Part of what is drawing students into the Program is its impressive post-graduation placement numbers. A survey of recent graduates in 2014 revealed that 8 out of 10 of our student planners are either working in the field or move on to top-flight graduate programs within one year of graduation. What is driving this success is a combination of ongoing professional development activities built into the program, such as resume/interview workshops, networking opportunities, and professional communication training. And the opportunity to develop highly-marketable work portfolios built around real project experience. This combination is translating into jobs and additional education opportunities for students in an increasingly competitive employment landscape. A review of placement data reveals that most of the student planner alumni are working in Pennsylvania, but others have moved beyond Commonwealth boundaries.
Student Planner Options:
The following are all examples of internship options offered through SP2.
The Student Planner Program has a rolling application deadline; however, individuals interested should apply by the following deadlines.
8 - 20 hours per week for Interns/Volunteers
10 - 20 hours per week for Work Study
Flexible weekly schedule based on class schedule.
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Phone: (724) 465-3870
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Indiana, PA 15701-1705
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