Harvard GSD offers a comprehensive set of career programs designed to help students throughout their time at the school (and beyond). We offer individual career advising, experiential programs, career workshops, and special events throughout the year.
Who We Are
Director of Career Services
An experienced manager and career counselor, Meryl meets individually with students on career development and job search strategy. Her focus is on working with students in the Urban Planning & Urban Design, Design Studies & Doctor of Design Studies; and Design Engineering programs.
Robin is a versatile counselor, coach and advisor in career development. She is skilled in helping students to conduct targeted career searches. Her focus is on working with students in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs. She serves as the Architect Licensing Advisor for GSD students and provides information regarding The Architectural Experience Program (AXP).
Career Services Coordinator
Anne is the primary contact for employers posting internship and job opportunities; manages our career management system, CREATE; and coordinates on campus recruiting and career fairs.
What we offer
GSD students can meet individually with a career counselor to review career options, revise a resume or cover letter, plan a job search strategy, and practice interview skills. Current students may stop by during afternoon walk in hours for a 15 minute meeting or schedule an appointment through CREATE.
Topics include: Effective Interviewing and Negotiation Skills; How to Work a Career Fair; The Art of Networking; Developing Your Design Sheets and Portfolio; Job Search Strategies for International Students.
Career Management System
CREATE is the career management system used by the GSD to deliver news on internships, jobs, career workshops, events, fellowships, alumni contacts. Every student has an accounting waiting for him/her—just attend an “Insider's Guide” workshop, schedule an appointment or visit Career Services in 422 for an introduction.
Employer Services: Career Fairs & Job Listings
The GSD Virtual Career Fair is held each January to promote summer opportunities. Spring is typically the time to recruit students for full time opportunities in design professions. Employers are encouraged to contact Anne Creamer to discuss recruiting on campus and posting jobs.
Funding Sources for Summer Experiences
- The Community Service Fellowship Program (CSFP) provides opportunities for GSD students to apply the skills they have developed in their academic programs through direct involvement with projects that address public needs and community concerns at the local, national or international level.
- The Paul M. Heffernan International Travel Award is intended to fund GSD students to travel internationally to extend the academic experience.
- Links to other fellowships and funding sources across Harvard and nationally. Many of these opportunities are specifically relevant to urban planning students.
Career Resources For Specific Programs
- Master in Architecture (MArch)
- Master in Landscape Architecture (MLA)
- Master in Urban Planning (MUP), Master of Architecture in Urban Design (MAUD), Master of Landscape Architecture in Urban Design (MLAUD)
- Master in Design Studies (MDes) and Doctor of Design (DDes)
Students can view handouts via their account in CREATE. Topics include: How to Build and Maintain A Professional Network, International Students Seeking Employment in the US, The Art of Salary Negotiation, Sample Resumes, Cover Letters and Other Job Search Correspondence.
Connecting with Alumni
Harvard GSD LinkedIn Group
Students from every discipline are invited to join the Harvard GSD LinkedIn Group. Over 3,800 individuals within the GSD community (including alumni, faculty and staff) provide a wealth of information on how you can apply the training and skills acquired at the GSD.
Harvard Alumni Association
The online alumni community, the only verified network of Harvard alumni, is now available to GSD students and alumni. This Harvard University-wide directory is brought to you by the Harvard Alumni Association.
Learn more about how to build your Harvard network here: community.alumni.harvard.edu
Watch a brief video on the benefits of joining and how to set up your directory profile