I Want To Be A Planner
Dear Management Doctor
I have recently finished my undergrad studies and will graduate from San Diego State University with a degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in City Planning in May. I am now looking to continue on the Planning career path. I am a member of the APA and found you in the mentoring directory. I know you are a very busy man, but I was wondering if you had any advice for someone who was trying to break in to the field. I am moving to Washington D.C. in August and want to get a head start on finding a position out there. My work experience has been in the health care field for the past 2 1/2 years and I have been looking for internships, but I was wondering if there are any other steps that I should be taking in preparation for this change. The field of City and Urban Planning is very interesting and exciting to me and I would love to continue on this path. Thank you very much and I appreciate your time.
Dear Planner To Be;
First of all, congratulations on picking this exciting field. I would suggest a number of things.
The Management Doctor
Check out The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission www.mncppc.org It is the largest planning organization in the DC area and usually has a wide variety of employment opportunities; many at the entry level. M-NCPPC does planning and development review for Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland. It also operates award-winning park systems in both counties. Both parks departments also have significant planning and development divisions.
I would also recommend trying to get on the planning commission in your community. This will get you valuable experience.