NYC Housing & Planning Fellowship

NYC Housing & Planning Fellowship

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD), the New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC), the New York City Department of City Planning (DCP) and the New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) seek highly motivated recent graduates of real estate/urban planning programs or law schools for the New York City Housing and Planning Fellowship Program. Ideal candidates will have a strong academic background and be able to demonstrate a true passion for public service in the fields of affordable housing and community development.

Area of Talent:  Affordable Housing/Real Estate/Urban Planning

Position Type:   Full Time/Exempt

Duration:             9/6/2023 – 7/14/2025

Salary:                  $70,000

Location:             NYC/Financial District

Position Summary:

The NYC Housing and Planning Fellowship is a two-year rotational program designed to expose individual Fellows to New York City government specifically in the fields of affordable housing, city and neighborhood planning and economic development. The Fellowship is designed to provide direct, professional work experience at HPD, HDC, DCP and EDC with the shared mission to plan for the future of New York City through the creation and preservation of affordable housing and the promotion of land use and economic development policies that will help the city thrive. During the two-year program, Housing and Planning Fellows will have the opportunity to experience four (4) unique six-month assignments, providing opportunities to learn and experience first-hand the City’s efforts to revitalize New York City’s neighborhoods.

Job Responsibilities:

Rotating assignments may include, but not be limited to, exposure to and projects within the following:

  • HPD/HDC program areas: new construction; preservation; finance (including tax-exempt and taxable bonds); code enforcement; housing litigation (for legal rotation); neighborhood planning; property management and real estate transactions.
  • DCP program areas: technical planning, neighborhood/community planning and strategic Citywide planning
  • EDC program areas: neighborhood and transportation planning; affordable housing; climate change resiliency; real estate and/or economic development transactions
  • Support HPD/HDC/DCP/EDC team members and project managers in their work related to real estate financial and legal documents and processes.
  • Participate in meetings and/or conferences, building relationships with leaders in government, business, nonprofit organizations and academia
  • Use project management tools and processes to ensure assignments and projects are timely, accurate and meeting expectations

Required Qualifications:

  • A recent graduate degree with substantial course work/credits specific to public policy, urban studies, planning, management, finance and/or real estate or a related field; or a law degree.  Candidates must have obtained graduate or law degree or plan to graduate by May/June 2023.
  • Demonstrated interest in affordable housing, city planning, neighborhood planning, economic development, architecture, real estate, or transportation
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Ability to build relationships with staff, executives, and external partners
  • Strong organizational skills with excellent attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A minimum of 1-3+ years of relevant work experience in affordable housing, real estate finance, economic development, neighborhood planning, architecture, transportation and/or public service.

Salary and Benefits:

  • $70,000 annual salary
  • 15 Vacation Days, 10 Sick Days
  • Pre-tax Commuter and Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Benefits
  • Health Care, Dental and Vision Coverage
  • Life Insurance, Short- and Long-Term Disability Coverage
  • Opportunity to contribute to a pre-tax retirement savings account

Interested applicants must email a cover letter, resume and, 2 professional letters of recommendation (1 may be from an academic reference) to NYCFellows@nychdc.comApplications are due no later than February 5, 2023.

As of August 2, 2021, all HDC hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability. If you are offered employment, this requirement must be met by your date of hire, unless a reasonable accommodation for exemption is received and approved by HDC.

HDC, HPD, EDC and DCP are inclusive equal opportunity employers committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

HDC, HPD, EDC and DCP are committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, all four agencies will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources by emailing

The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) is the nation’s largest municipal Housing Finance Agency and is charged with helping to finance the creation or preservation of affordable housing for New Yorkers. HDC also serves as a key financing partner in the rehabilitation of our city’s public housing stock under the NYCHA Permanent Affordability Commitment Together (PACT) initiative. HDC ranks among the nation’s top issuers of mortgage revenue bonds for affordable multi-family housing on Thomson Reuter’s annual list of multi-family bond issuers. For additional information, visit:

The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) promotes quality and affordability in the city's housing, and diversity and strength in the city’s neighborhoods because every New Yorker deserves a safe, affordable place to live in a neighborhood they love. We maintain building and resident safety and health, create opportunities for New Yorkers through housing affordability, and engage New Yorkers to build and sustain neighborhood strength and diversity. HPD is entrusted with fulfilling these objectives through the goals and strategies of Housing Our Neighbors: A Blueprint for Housing and Homelessness, Mayor Adams’ comprehensive housing framework. To learn more about what we do, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @NYCHousing. 

The Department of City Planning (DCP) is an innovative planning agency responsible for planning for the future of New York City. DCP has an expansive work program focused on strengthening all of our neighborhoods through the creation of housing, including income-restricted homes, and key investments into vibrant commercial and institutional centers. The Department promotes strategic growth by supporting transit-oriented and sustainable development, and by activating high-quality open spaces and waterfronts. Our aim is to enhance the quality of life in the City by advocating for and leading consensus-based planning. For additional information, visit:

New York City Economic Development Corporation is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that creates shared prosperity across New York City by strengthening neighborhoods and creating good jobs. We work with and for communities to bring emerging industries to New York City; develop spaces and facilities for businesses; empower New Yorkers through training and skill-building; and invest in sustainable and innovative projects that make the city a great place to live and work. To learn more about what we do, visit us on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Instagram.