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Over the last 4 years PAS has been lucky enough to host an German ERASMUS exchange interns from the Bauhaus-University Weimar over the summer. In this blog our most recent intern Julia Schluetsmeier-Hage reflects on her experience with PAS.

My Great Two Months with PAS

Julia in Edinburgh on a 'typical' August day

Julia in Edinburgh on a ‘typical’ August day

During this summer I had the fantastic opportunity to stay with PAS as an intern and gather experience in their work as a charity organisation. I learned a lot about community engagement and the Scottish planning system, got to know a lot of people, companies, could attend to various events and of course learned a fair bit of living in Scotland, its culture, history, special Scottish words and many more.

As a German student of Urbanism at Bauhaus-University in Weimar, I was curious to figure out the similarities and differences between planning in Scotland and Germany. Therefore, PAS afforded me to dabble in their former projects in community engagement and into other work fields of planning in Scotland. For example, I had a chance to meet a lot of interesting people and organisations, e.g. BEFS, Sustrans, Edinburgh Council, IGLU studio, Historic Environment Scotland and JLL, as well as planning students and PAS volunteers.

Julia on her visit to Inverness

Julia on her visit to Inverness

What I enjoyed most was to prepare and assist the community engagement workshops in Dumfries & Galloway. I found it really exciting to get to know what the locals think about their settlements and where their priorities lie as well as to make use of the theoretical knowledge on community engagement from university and to get practical experience in that work field.

Another highlight of my time with PAS was conference – “Outlook: Exploring Geddes in the 21st Century”, which gave me a profound impression of the legacy of Patrick Geddes, Edinburgh’s planning history and today’s key topics in urban planning.

All in all, I had a really exciting and instructive time with PAS and learned a lot of important things that help me finding my way in the work area of planning.

If you would like to discuss interning or volunteer opportunities at PAS please contact Robert Pickles (