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Graduate Intern, City of Rolling Meadows, IL

Updated: Aug 17

The City of Rolling Meadows, Illinois (pop: 23,781), seeks a Graduate Intern to serve within the Community Development Department.

The City of Rolling Meadows is a dynamic and forward-thinking organization serving an energetic, friendly and diverse community of over 24,000 residents across 5.64 square miles. Rolling Meadows is located in the northwest suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area in the region known as the “Golden Corridor” at Interstate 90 and Illinois Route 53. The City’s downtown area along Kirchoff Road features brick-lined sidewalks, thousands of beautiful shade trees and the landmark Carillon Bell Tower and the Veteran's Memorial. Along Algonquin Road, modern office towers are home to some of the world's most renowned corporations, while Golf Road maintains a prestigious corporate-like campus atmosphere. The City is home to several large employers including Northrup Grumman and the global headquarters for Arthur J. Gallagher. In addition, there are more than 400 shops and restaurants in the area and numerous cultural attractions nearby.

Notable current projects within the City affecting its Community Development Department include:

  • The $10 million redevelopment of a former Sam’s Club as an Asian-centric retail and entertainment center (link).

  • The $100 million redevelopment of the Atrium Corporate Center as an industrial park (link, link).

  • Sub-area planning in anticipation of the redevelopment of the former Arlington International Racecourse (link).

  • Redevelopment of the City’s former Fire Station 15 as an anchor of a pedestrian-oriented commercial corridor (link).

  • Preparation and adoption of the City’s first Sustainability Plan and Business Development Strategic Plan.

  • Creating a modern and customer-focused Community Development department.

Job Duties: The position is designed to prepare interns for a career in local government planning and administration. The Graduate Intern supports the activities of the Community Development office and will have opportunities to experience and work with other City departments, particularly the City Manager’s office. The nature of the work is research, analysis, and special projects with particular emphasis in administration, planning, and community development. Strong communication, flexibility, and customer service is essential to the position. The duties of the Intern will vary depending on the Intern’s strengths and interests and the day-to-day business needs of the City. Some anticipated projects include:

  • Supporting planning projects, including subarea planning and the in-house development of the City’s first Sustainability Plan and Business Development Strategic Plan.

  • Presentations before the City’s Environmental Committee and Planning and Zoning Commission (both meet the first Tuesday of each month). Interns with an urban planning background should have the opportunity to conduct a public hearing during their tenure.

  • Updating internal and external forms, publications, and business processes to improve the City’s public hearings process and the best use of the City’s new community development software (Tyler EnerGov).

  • Supports the City Council’s legislative agenda, with an emphasis on proposal and review of City programs and services.

  • Assists with the budget, procurement, and other special projects.

Requirements: Full-time enrollment in a graduate program in urban planning, public administration, public policy, or a similar field is required. Pursuit of a career in local government is highly desired. This is a new, in-person position and is advertised as a limited appointment for the fall semester of 2023 (approximately September – December). At this time, the City does not anticipate having an appropriate opportunity for the Graduate Intern to remain as a full-time employee at the conclusion of the internship.

Schedule: The Graduate Intern is expected to start work at the City as soon as possible but no later than mid-September 2023. The Graduate Intern will work approximately 16 to 24 hours per week with the availability for additional hours during academic breaks. Scheduling is flexible and can adapt to the Intern’s academic requirements. Availability is preferred Tuesday evenings in order to allow the intern to present at City meetings as needed, especially the first Tuesday night of each month.

Compensation: Salary for this part-time position is authorized at $14.00 to $20.00 per hour dependent upon experience and qualifications. Various outside professional development opportunities will be available as well as City paid student membership with relevant professional associations such as APA-IL, ILCMA, and IAMMA.

Applications: Interested candidates should submit a City employment application, cover letter and resume as soon as possible to the attention of Glen Cole, Assistant City Manager; Community Development Director, via email to Applications will be reviewed and invitations to interview will be extended on a rolling basis.

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