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Graduate Intern Programme

As an RTPI Learning Partner, Smart Planning recognises the merits of practical experience. Through our long established Graduate Intern Programme we develop high calibre individuals who are looking to establish a career in planning.

Our paid Graduate Intern Programme is flexible and mutually beneficial, providing a breadth of experience and opportunity in the planning sector and related disciplines as part of a professional working environment. Individuals will be routinely exposed to various planning matters such as site appraisals; planning applications, appeals and enforcement processes through a range of development sectors. Problem solving is at the heart of effective development and use of land and buildings.

The successful candidate will become involved first hand with clients and the public through our free weekly Client Surgery. They will be required to network with fellow professionals, Local Planning Authorities and external consultants on a daily basis.

Smart Planning recognise the difficulty of entering the planning sphere at a graduate level and encourage personal development alongside professional planning experience. The Graduate Intern Programme presents opportunities to:

> Enhance your employability and develop your skill set;
> Gain invaluable experience in the private sector;
> Challenge your potential and increase your self-confidence; and
> Advance within Smart Planning and engage with the corporate vision.

We operate on a simple scheme of progression, beginning amongst our dedicated Planning Support Team where you will learn the basics of applying planning knowledge to a working environment and learn the processes of Smart Planning.

Following this you will gain increased exposure to various projects led by the Managing Director’s team of Planning Consultants. This is a unique accelerated programme to fast track high calibre graduates into the planning realm.

Progression is tailored to your individual strengths and personal interests. We hope to generate another confident and effective addition to the Smart Planning team, and the potential for a successful lifelong career.

The programme is ideally suited to those with an RTPI accredited degree in Town Planning or related disciplines. Whilst no previous planning experience is necessary, the successful candidate will be required to have a keen interest in providing land use solutions in the built environment alongside a desire to learn.

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If you think you may be interested in our Graduate Intern Programme, email your CV and covering letter to now for the opportunity to work alongside a friendly, helpful, diverse and experienced team.