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Human Resources Intern

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Human Resources Department seeks a Human Resources Intern with a passion for Human Resources to support the HR team in a mission driven regional planning agency. This is an opportunity to gain valuable paid work experience and exposure to the full cycle of HR activities such as outreach and recruiting related activities, onboarding program development, and HR data management.

Under the supervision of the HR Generalist, you will perform varied administrative tasks to support the department’s daily activities and onboarding processes. Under the supervision of the HR Manager, you will assist with research and the preparation of HR materials to advance ongoing projects.

About MAPC:

MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our strategic priorities are sustainable development, regional collaboration, and fostering an equitable and resilient region. We are guided by our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.

Candidates must reside in Massachusetts while they are working a hybrid schedule.

MAPC strongly supports the professional development of each and every staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. We encourage all our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.

This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC or MetroCommon2050, please visit

 Responsibilities (including but not limited to)

  • Assist HR Generalist with job postings to job boards and other platforms
  • Schedule interviews and organize communications for interviews
  • Prepare and update new hire onboarding materials
  • Manage the removal of all job postings from job boards and other platforms once vacancies have been filled
  • Source and research new avenues for recruitment
  • Assist with the coordination of new hire orientation and onboarding
  • Research project work
  • Other duties as assigned


Successful candidates for this position should be an undergraduate or graduate student with coursework in Human Resources or a related field, and a genuine interest in human resources
Successful candidates for this position will demonstrate all or most of the following:

  • Strong written and verbal communication and skills
  • Attention to detail, ability to maintain confidentiality, and strong follow-through
  • Ability to multi-task, problem solve
  • Proficiency in all Microsoft Applications


  • Motivated and detail-oriented approach
  • Proven experience working in an office environment

Per MAPC COVID-19 Vaccine Policy, the selected candidate is required to be up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccinations, as defined by the CDC, by the agreed upon start date. See COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shots | CDC.

Only candidates currently enrolled in an academic program will be considered for this position.

Compensation and Benefits
This is a paid internship with an hourly rate of $17 – $21 per hour, depending on qualifications. We are seeking 20 – 37.5 hours per week with flexibility, depending upon skill level and selected students’ availability. To qualify as an intern, individuals must be enrolled in an academic program, provide written verification of their status, and agree to a scheduled end date upon hire. The intern will provide their own laptop or computer for purposes of completing the above work. MAPC has a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work. To qualify as an intern, individuals must be enrolled in an academic program, provide written verification of their status, and agree to a scheduled end date upon hire.
How to Apply
Apply online at The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA. MAPC participates in E-Verify, which is a federal program that helps us to determine work eligibility in the United States.  A Criminal Offenders Records Information (CORI) request must be completed if offered this position. A criminal record is not an automatic bar to employment at MAPC, but it will be reviewed in light of the position and other elements of an applicant’s resume.

MAPC is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We believe that a staff with a range of perspectives, experiences, and skillsets strengthens our work. We are committed to building a more equitable workplace that allows staff with diverse backgrounds and identities to thrive, grow, and lead. For more information on MAPC’s culture of equity, see our  Equity at MAPC page.   

Agency: Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Address: 60 Temple Place

Boston, Massachusetts, 02111

Phone(617) 451-2770


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