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6/27 - APA-IL PlanNotes: Creating Valuable Internships Webinar (CM |1.5)

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Is your community thinking about hiring an intern in the future or do you struggle to create a valuable experience for your interns? Join this session and learn the secrets behind successful internships. We'll cover the importance of internships, examples of intern projects and tasks, your questions, and more!

During the session, experts will discuss your submitted questions/scenarios, provide helpful tips and tricks, and look to YOU, the audience, to share your insight. Attendees will be invited to provide live written commentary during the session via Miro (don't worry - we'll coach you!) Participation is encouraged but not mandatory.

You are sure to leave this session more prepared and confident when you are managing interns.

Submit your questions/scenarios for speakers when you register OR email them to

Planning school gave us tools to build better communities, but planners are often faced with complex management situations that can feel overwhelming. The APA-IL Professional Development Committee's PlanNotes series helps to fill the knowledge gap and assists you on your way to building better communities in Illinois. Keep an eye out for other sessions in this series!

DATE: June 27, 2023

TIME: 12:00 pm (noon) - 1:30 pm CST

LOCATION: Virtual (Zoom)

COST: Free!

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: (CM | 1.5) for live viewing only.

A recording will be available after the webinar but CM can only be earned for the live webinar only.



Rob Kowalski, FAICP is the Assistant Director of the Planning and Development Department for the City of Champaign. He has 28 years of municipal planning experience in both Illinois and Kentucky. He graduated from llinois State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Geography and has a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and in 2018 was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows. Rob also holds an Adjunct teaching position in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His class focuses on the land development process from the perspective of both planners and developers.

Scott Mangum, AICP joined the Village of Lincolnwood as its Community Development Director in 2020. He previously worked as the manager of the Planning and Zoning Division in Evanston, as a Senior Planner with the City of Des Plaines, as a Coordinating Planner for the City of Chicago, and as a planner with the City of Long Beach, California. Scott graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a double major in Sociology and Afro-American Studies before earning a Master of Planning degree at the University of Southern California.

Roya Nassirpour is a recent graduate University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign where she completed her Bachelor of Urban Studies and Master of Urban Planning degrees. For two years, Roya worked as a Planning Intern with the City of Champaign where she worked on a variety of projects that helped jump-start her career and solidify her passion for planning. She has been heavily involved with APA through school and her internship with Champaign. In June, Roya will begin as an Associate Planner with MUSE Community + Design based in Chicago.


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