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Creative Placemaking & Economic Development Internship

Union Square Main Streets (USMS) is an established nonprofit organization that works collaboratively to actively support a vibrant neighborhood by preserving the character and advancing the economic strength of the Union Square business district and community.

This is a particularly exciting time to work with USMS. The City of Somerville is partnering with residents, businesses, and property owners to shape the Square’s future in a way that will preserve the unique character of the Square while taking advantage of new and emerging industries, increasing demand for housing, and the arrival of the Green line. USMS works closely with everyone involved in these planning efforts.  

USMS is focused particularly on partnering with local businesses to help respond to these changes and to expand their customer base and revenue. USMS also works with businesses on various promotions and events to attract nearby workers, neighbors, and visitors to shop and spend time in the Square.

A USMS Intern plays an integral and multi-faceted role in USMS’s work. This internship grants the  opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain skills related to urban, strategic, and community planning; placemaking logistics, promotion, and evaluation; small business development; and communications, marketing, and social media outreach. Eligible for credit, this position offers a $500 stipend, and requires 15-20 flexible hours per week from early February-May.

Responsibilities and tasks include, but are not limited to, supporting the following:

  • Placemaking

    • Coordinate artists, businesses, volunteers, and planning task force

    • Promotion to encourage participation as well as document project

    • Installation coordination

    • Evaluation

  • Communications  

    • Research and implement tools to make the USMS website and e-newsletters multilingual

    • Work relating to strategy, content, messaging, and delivery for USMS, neighborhood businesses, and local events through e-newsletters, social media, website

  • Operations

    • Event and meeting logistics

    • Administrative and operational tasks

    • Prepare and/or review reports

    • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to problem solve, prioritize, and meet deadlines

  • Detail oriented and able to work both independently and as part of a team

  • Strong computer skills, including Google Drive

  • A high degree of personal and professional integrity

  • Passion for community-driven work and working with a small team that has a big agenda

How to Apply:

Please send a letter or video of interest, resume, and 3 references to