The internship level in the planning profession often represents the first practical contact a prospective planner makes with the profession. Successful internships yield valuable insight and practical knowledge for students as they refine their educational and career paths. Internships are unpaid, yet they offer a wealth of opportunities for students, such as college credit or the possibility for permanent employment with the organization upon graduation. Interns usually are more marketable as they search for permanent employment because of their additional experience in the planning profession. Unlike most other positions within the planning profession, internship standards and circumstances vary considerably. Such variables include a length of internship (from a few summer months to a year or longer), hours per week, expected tasks, amount of supervision, and areas of specialization.
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Most planning internships require an interest in the planning profession and relevant planning specializations. Depending on the nature of the intended workload, some organizations are more rigid than others regarding qualifications for interns. Internships may be intended specifically for undergraduate students or for graduate students. Some opportunities may be open to any type of student. Short-term internships are often intended for students currently pursuing their education, though longer-term internships may be geared specifically toward recent graduates.