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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 has an Industry Liason Coordinator, Jennifer Eller, that is available to help students and recent alumni with advising on topics such as internships, career exploration, resume and cover letter review,* LinkedIn profile review, and graduate school personal statement reviews**, etc.

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 resume 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).

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.
  • 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 lettersas well as preparing for an interview.
    • Resources for finding jobs, internships, and research opportunities. 
    • Drop in and career advising appointments with Career Center staff. 

Internships

Internships are a valuable experience that allow students to:

  • Discover what jobs they like and excel at (or don't like)
  • Build skills and gain knowledge 
  • Learn about a company or organization
  • Network with professionals
  • Apply classroom learning and theory to practice

Internships can differentiate students from other applicants when applying for full-time positions.  USP and RED majors are encouraged to intern during their time at UCSD.  Professionals working in the fields of planning and real estate development often highlight interning as a recommendation for networking and learning. 

Students should also consider crossing areas when looking for internships.  For example it can be beneficial for someone who wants to go into real estate development to intern or work for a city's planning department to gain knowledge of how those offices work to better inform later work in real estate development.  It can be beneficial for someone who wants to go into planning to work in a real estate development company to understand factors that influence potential land uses.

Note: USP majors are required to complete an internship as part of their capstone series in their senior year.