Western Connecticut Council of Governments

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) consists of 18 member towns. It is dedicated to preserving and improving the quality of life and economic vitality in western Connecticut. WestCOG works on topical areas such as transportation, housing, community development, environment and open space while providing technical and planning assistance and expertise. WestCOG provides a forum for municipalities to communicate and collaborate in addressing inter-municipal issues and needs. 

WestCOG is a grant funded organization and is required to perform the work mandated under the grant guidelines. Access to a Princeton intern allows WestCOG to branch out its research and planning efforts into under utilized sectors such as environmental, public health, or policy research.

City/State

Sandy Hook, CT

Internship Description

Because WestCOG works in a variety of topical areas to provide regional planning services for its member municipalities project descriptions can vary widely. WestCOG works closely with the intern to develop a project concept that both explores the interest of the intern and provides meaningful service for the region. Previous interns worked on projects such as: 

  • Automated Traffic Data Collection 
  • Housing Tax Assessment 
  • Local and State Policy Research 
  • Develop a Water Testing Program 

In these roles interns, alongside their supervisor, develop a project scope, communicate with stakeholders, research, analysis, and visualization of their product. 

Interns will gain experience in how regional, municipal, and state governments operate, as well as how to manage a government project from start to finish. 

Training opportunities also exist in web design, report crafting, data science, GIS, and urban planning.

# of weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Public Transit Housing  Format
10 Flexible 9:00am  4:00pm No No Hybrid

Housing Information

Interns in the past have found a variety of temporary housing options near the WestCOG office. We also request that interns have a vehicle available as well.

Internship Qualifications

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • Entry level skills are sufficient, projects can be tailored to match various skill levels.

Additional Qualifications

  • Creativity, team spirit and a growth mindset are helpful values at WestCOG.

Writing Sample Required

None

Special Requirements

  • Some local travel is required.