Community & Regional Planning

Practical Experience in Planning

As a BSCRP student, you the option of participating in internships to earn course credit. While not required, an internship is highly recommended in your junior or senior year as a way to gain professional experience while still in school and help you obtain a professional position upon graduation.

A number of local and regional offices and agencies regularly offer internships during the academic year, and students obtain internships further afield during the summers. Interns have worked with the:

  • City of Ames
  • Des Moines Metropolitan Area Planning Organization
  • City of Ankeny
  • Regional councils of governments
  • Nongovernmental organizations

To receive course credit, you'll need to:

  • Develop a work plan with a professional planner
  • Maintain a professional journal regarding their experiences
  • Obtain a performance evaluation from the supervisor at the end of the internship