Planning Careers

Finding An Internship

To assist students in finding an internship, we recommend joining the MURPs e-group through Yahoo. This e-group provides a centralized location for information exchange among SJSU students, faculty, and alumni by sharing information about planning internships, jobs, and planning-related events in the San Francisco and Monterey Bay regions. To subscribe to the e-group, visit MURPs e-group and follow the instructions on joining.

SJSU's Career Center also assists students in finding internships and jobs, as well as providing support on interviewing skills and resume preparation.

Once MUP students have completed their required 180 hours of professional work experience, they should ask their supervisor to complete the Internship Completion/Professional Work Experience Form (PDF) and submit it to the department.

Career Resources for New Planners/Planning Students

The American Planning Association provides a number of career-related resources for planners. Also, all new MUP students are eligible for a free one-year membership to APA. Contact the graduate advisor for more information.

A great resource for emerging planners is this report put together by the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter. Career Advice for Emerging Planners presents results from a nationwide survey on how to get a job in planning and succeed in your first job.

A recent article ranked urban planning as the second best career in Canada.

Rick Wilson's blog "Launching your Planning Career: A Guide for Idealists."

Professional Associations

Numerous professional associations are of interest to planners, and many of these associations offer special membership rates for students.

American Planning Association 

American Planning Association, California Chapter 

American Planning Association, Northern California Section 

Association of Environmental Professionals 

Association of Environmental Professionals, California Chapter 

Association of Environmental Professionals, Bay Area Chapter 

Transportation Research Board 

Urban Land Institute 

       ULI SF Chapter

WTS, Advancing Women in Transportation 

WTS, Advancing Women in Transportation, San Francisco Chapter 

Additional Resources

The Environmental Design Library at UC Berkeley has a list of career planning resources that may be useful for students.

Career Center Connections

Visit the Career Center page for additional information and help.