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Career and Internship Advising

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning encourages students to start thinking about their career early in their academic program. 

USP and RED Career and Internship Advising 

The USP Department's Industry Liason Coordinator, Jennifer Eller, is available to help students and recent alumni with:

  • Finding and applying to internships and full-time positions
  • Career exploration
  • Creating and revising resumes and cover letters
  • Interview preparation and post-interview follow-up
  • Graduate school personal statement reviews*
  • Using LinkedIn
  • Professional association involvement and networking
  • Finding a mentor
  • Continuing education

General appointment hours: Tuesdays 1:30-3 p.m. and Wednesdays 9-11 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. All appointments are currently conducted via Zoom and are scheduled for 30 minutes.

To request an appointment, please complete the Career and Internship Advising Appointment Request form.

Students are encouraged to have their application materials reviewed by the UCSD Career Center as well. (https://career.ucsd.edu/advising/index.html)

*Student who would like a review of their graduate school personal statement should first have their personal statement reviewed by the Writing Hub (https://ucsd.mywconline.com/schedule.php - request a meeting with an undergraduate tutor).

Resume Template and Tips Request Form

USP/RED students and alumni can request an easy to use resume template (Word) and accompanying tip sheet with this form: https://forms.gle/Yor2duZ625rPXy9Z8

Steps students can take to prepare for their career include:

  • Create and update a resume that highlights projects, jobs, internships, cocurricular activities, academic highlights, and transferrable skills.
  • Create and update a LinkedIn profile and Tritons Connect profile.  Connect with peers, instructors, guest speakers, and professionals on these platforms.
  • Sign up for a Handshake account and subscribe to weekly email updates about job fairs, grad school panels, company/organization outreach events.
  • Intern with career related organizations and companies.
  • Review career related full-time job opportunities to learn more about potential career paths, employers, and the skills/knowledge employers are looking for. 
  • Utilize resources provided by the UCSD Career Center such as:
    • Assessments to explore strengths, personality types, and interest areas.  Being able to articulate your strengths and personality traits will help you in interviews and find jobs that are a better fit for you.
    • Tips for creating and polishing resumes and cover letters as well as preparing for an interview.
    • Resources for finding jobs, internships, and research opportunities. 
    • Drop in and career advising appointments with Career Center staff.