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/Certification of Professional Work Experience form [.pdf] and submit it to the department.

Planning In The News

Planning was once again rated as one of the 50 best careers in 2010 according to an article in U.S. News & World Report. Similarly, a 2009 article in U.S. News & World Report rated urban planning as one of the best careers for 2009. According to the article, two key planning subfields include transportation planner and private-sector planner. With the Department of Urban and Regional Planning's specializations in transportation planning, including a certificate program, plus courses in private-sector development, we are well positioned to provide the necessary training in these areas.

Recently, E/The Environmental Magazine recognized planning as a excellent career opportunity, particularly for those interested in "green" opportunities. The MUP program at SJSU offers students a wide range of educational opportunities in environmental planning as well as land use and transportation planning, key subfields for students interested in learning how urban planning can contribute to more sustainable development.

If you are interested in deciding whether you want to be a planner or not, this recent Planetizen article  answers some common questions prospective planning students have about planning as a career.

The American Planning Association provides some excellent information on choosing a career in planning, plus information about job listings. The Association of Collegiate School of Planning recently released their 2010 Guide to Graduate and Undergraduate Education in Urban and Regional Planning. Here you can find out more information about planning as a career, plus learn more about accredited planning programs in the United States and Canada and why you should try to attend an accredited planning program.

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 

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.