Come work with us! We welcome energetic, reliable, and resourceful individuals to join our team through internships and volunteer positions. Seasonal volunteers assist with projects ranging from program research to event coordination.


The Urban Design Forum is currently seeking a new, part-time Program Director to produce our programs, publications and special projects. We’re searching for a mid-career professional excited about joining a small, fast-paced team; a person passionate about how urban design impacts daily life; and a strategic thinker that is always looking to improve the way we work.

Program Director

The Program Director will oversee two annual programs: Next New York, a series of public programs examining key issues facing New York City’s built environment; and Forefront, a fellowship for emerging urban practitioners. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the Program Director will curate the direction and coordinate the execution of compelling discussions between influential civic leaders in New York City.


The Forum offers internships to undergraduate and graduate students in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Time commitments are flexible; a minimum of two days per week is preferred.

To apply, please send your cover letter, resume, and 1-3 page writing sample (as .doc or .pdf only, please) to

Research Internship

Interns assist with research for symposia, lectures and publications. Interns are responsible for conducting literature reviews, preparing graphic materials and factsheets, transcribing and editing proceedings of past programs, and assisting with other administrative tasks as required.

Development Internship

Interns assist with fundraising initiatives and communications. Interns are responsible for developing and assisting with membership campaigns; managing the website, social networks, and online membership directory; and providing on-site assistance for conferences, tours and other events.

Archival Internship

Interns assist with researching and writing institutional history; transcribing and editing proceedings of past programs; and assisting with other administrative tasks as required.


The Forum welcomes part-time volunteers to assist with event coordination, graphic design, photography, web design, or video editing. To apply, please send a cover letter (as .doc or .pdf only, please) with your contact information, areas of interest, and previous volunteer experience to