Internships

"Specialized courses. Engaging professors. Internship opportunities. I think the PPD program has achieved what few graduate programs can - a good balance of planning theory and practice in a dynamic academic setting."
- Claire Nguyen, MURP 1997


Internships in local public and private sector planning agencies are an integral part of the Department of Planning, Policy, and Design degree programs. They provide students with an opportunity to test their skills in real-life planning situations, to evaluate procedures and problem-solving strategies used in the work place, and to observe the links between academic ideas and issues and the real world. They are also an invaluable source of hands-on experience and an opportunity to establish professional contacts in the field. A variety of internships, both paid and unpaid, are available through the department. The following is a small sample of locations where students have completed internships in the past.

  • AIDS Services Foundation of Orange County
  • American Planning Association
  • Blind Children's Learning Center
  • CalTrans
  • California Coastal Commission
  • City of Anaheim
  • City of Huntington Beach
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Pasadena
  • City of Santa Ana
  • County of Orange
  • Culbertson, Adams and Associates
  • Disney Development
  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Inglewood Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (INHS)
  • Irvine Ranch Water District
  • League of California Cities, Orange County Division
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Michael Brandman Associates
  • National Opinion Research Center
  • National Water Resources Institute
  • Office of the Governor
  • Orange County Business Council
  • Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
  • Pacific Planning Group
  • PlanCom, Inc.
  • Robert Bein, William Frost & Associates
  • San Diego County, Housing and Community Development
  • Sunset Beach Community Association
  • The Planning Center
  • United Nations
  • University of California Transportation Center
  • Urban Design Studio