July 6, 2018

NEEDED: Research and Graphics Fellow for Mayors’ Institute on City Design

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is looking for a Research and Graphics Fellow for the summer and fall semester. Are you fascinated by the intersection of urban design and politics, and you have killer graphics skills? This might be perfect for you.


The Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD) is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, MICD has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. In our 32-year history, we have worked with over 1,100 mayors and over 700 design and development professionals. Find out more at www.micd.org.


Every year, MICD works with approximately 45 mayors, helping them address their most pressing city design challenges. While MICD discussions are “off the record,” Institutes have produced a treasure trove of information about the issues cities care about most. We need you to review old case studies, help categorize them (we have a solid start on this), and create beautiful, easy-to-comprehend graphics that tell the story of America’s cities.


You must be a current architecture or landscape architecture student for the duration of the fellowship. Likely, your peers say you’re the most reliable person they know. We’re based in DC, but you don’t need to be.


You will enter into a contract with MICD for work to be completed. Payment will be delivered based upon an agreed-upon schedule, with a total not to exceed $4,000. We roughly estimate the fellowship to take 5-10 hours/week between August and December.


Attending AIAS Grassroots? We will reimburse your airfare and hotel, and request only that you stay an extra day to meet MICD staff and get better acquainted with the project.


Still interested? Help us get to know you better. Please submit the following in a single PDF with the subject: MICD Fellowship to trinity@micd.org:

  • 1-page resume with contact information for one reference
  • A writing sample, not to exceed 500 words, answering the following question: What can be improved about your hometown, and how would you go about accomplishing it?
  • 3-5 infographic samples that you created

Application deadline is July 13 at 4pm EST. The selected fellow will be notified by July 20.