CNU Program Assistant Intern

Congress for the New Urbanism
Chicago, IL
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Position:  Program Assistant

Organization: The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is leading the revival of walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods. A membership-based, advocacy organization, CNU works to advance and promote the principles of New Urbanism. CNU seeks to restore urbanist design and planning techniques to common practice. CNU supports public policy that enables great place making and seeks to remove barriers to urbanism. Visit for more information.

Summary:  The Project Assistant is responsible for tracking details related to CNU’s annual Congress and Transportation Summit. This person reports to the Planning Director of CNU.

 Essential Functions:

Assist with Annual Congress and Annual Transportation Summit Event Planning 

  •  Assist with tracking of the “Call for Sessions” request for annual Congress.
  •  Data entry and management of both the CNU Congress Program and Speaker Databases
  •  Draft correspondence to speakers and attendees regarding program content and logistics
  •  Manage email accounts: and

Continuing Education Credit Management 

  •  Research continuing education credit opportunities
  •  Apply for conference credits at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Planning Association (APA). 
  •  Research additional continuing education as necessary

Outreach Work

  • Maintain the Partner Event Database- create new entries and explore new opportunities
  • Develop outreach plans to reach CNU event partners
  • Draft CNU news items and blogs
  • Keep CNU website up-to-date with new speaker information

 Initiative Work

  • Support CNU initiatives (ex. Project for Transportation Reform; Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares, Emergency Response and Street Design, etc.)
  • Contribute to CNU’s blog and keep Initiative pages current
  • Other duties and responsibilities assigned at the discretion of CNU


  • Knowledge or interest in urban planning and New Urbanism
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Computer proficiency, including MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint software in Mac OS environment. Some knowledge of HTML, basic web-design programs such as Dreamweaver and database operations (Filemaker Pro) desired.
  • Ability to prepare reports, correspondence, presentations and other documents
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to learn independently, take initiative, and work with limited supervision
  • Professional demeanor and an orientation towards customer service

Compensation:  Internships are unfunded, but may count for school credit in some instances.

To Apply:  Please email the following to  1) cover letter describing applicant’s goals and interests; 2) resume; 3) two references/recommendations (academic or work-related); and 4) two short (1-2 page) journalistic writing samples.  All requested documents must be emailed to Abby to ensure eligibility.