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Internship Opportunities

At the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County (SGPWC), we provide unique opportunities to students who are interested in urban issues and care about their communities. Students who intern with us will have opportunities available to them to work with local governments, developers, planners, architects, engineers and others who are concerned about how their communities have been and will be developed. Networking opportunities related to studentsí career paths could be created through working with the SGPWC. Students can learn about issues that include environmental, engineering, urban and regional planning and historic preservation issues and become familiar with the region where we live. The SGPWC is undoubtedly a great place for students to gain exciting and challenging experiences in the real world.

    • Participated in the Carnegie Mellon University Urban Lab planning efforts in both New Kensington and Monessen. The project in New Kensington led to some vibrant redevelopment concepts that have informed teh City's "Weed and Seed" effort. This project was a winner of the 2004 Smart Growth Student Award.
    • Jason Shirley, seventh grade student, Norwin Middle School winner of Blueprint Communities Essay Contest- Western PA Division. His essay was one of 142 entries.
    • Irwin Project Student Advisors, Angela Curcio, Kristen Odell, Chris Zenter and Tansy Michaud were the recipients of a 2006 Smart Growth Award for their Irwin Downtown Revitalization Video- "The Future of Downtown Irwin Starts Today."

Please contact us at the SGPWC to learn more about the unique opportunities we can provide for you, the students.


Student Work

Norvelt: From Homesteads to Highways
by: Jim Vikartosky

Close Encounters of the Animal Kind
by: Jim Vikartosky

Stones in the Milkshake
by: Jim Vikartosky

Greener Than You Think: Valley Tire Co., Inc.
by: Jim Vikartosky

Observations in Nature: Southwestern Pennsylvania, January through April 2002
by: Jim Vikartosky

Economic Exchange Day 2008, 2009, 2010

Economic Exchange Day 2011

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