There will be a new face around the town planning and zoning office in the town hall annex this spring. The office has taken on Gavin Xu, a Chinese student studying urban studies and political science at Trinity College in Hartford, as an intern.

“He’ll work with [Planning and Zoning Director] Richard Baldelli ... work at the front desk and do some administrative work, and answer questions,” said Charles Robbins, the planning and zoning commissioner who spearheaded the program.

“He may help them do some research on some of the more pressing issues,” Robbins said.

Xu worked for Chris Murphy’s re-election campaign in the fall.

Robbins said Xu is keen to learn about how planning and zoning works in a small town, rather than large cities.

He starts on Jan. 29.

Xu will be earning college credit through the internship, but won’t be paid — “not even gas money,” said Chairwoman Rebecca Mucchetti.

“You can take him out to lunch though,” Vice Chairman Joe Fossi told Robbins, with a chuckle.