What are the key skills UPD students develop?

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Analysis
  • Community outreach/meeting facilitation
  • GIS skills
  • Public speaking/presentations

Which industries hire UPD graduates?

  • Landscape architecture, architecture, planning firms
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofit

What types of jobs do UPD grads pursue?

  • Development Manager, real estate
  • Project Manager, economic development
  • Planner, city government
  • Planner, consulting
  • Associate Planner, urban consulting
  • Research Associate, international urban development nonprofit Founder, international NGO
  • Project Planner and Analyst, nonprofit
  • Planner, multidisciplinary design firm
  • Consultant, Urban Planning & Development firm
  • Architect/Urban Designer, multidisciplinary design firm

Who hires GSD UPD Graduates?

  • Economic Development: NY City Economic Development Corp., Inter American Development Bank
  • Consulting: ARUP, Deloitte, KPMG, URS Corp., McKinsey & Company, Asakura Robinson
  • Design: AECOM, SOM
  • Government: EPA, U.S. Govt. GSA, City of Chicago, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, Urban Redevelopment Authority, Federal Highway Administration, USDOT Volpe Center
  • Real Estate: AIG Real Estate, Hines, Jonathan Rose, BlueWave Capital LLC
  • Nonprofit: Affordable Housing Assoc., Bikes Belong Coalition, Crossover Community Impact, Inc.

How do I find Planning and Urban Design alumni contacts?

Three sources of alumni contacts (for current students and graduates):

LinkedIn: Join the Harvard GSD group

CREATE: the GSD career management system

Harvard University Alumni: (Harvard Alumni Association)

Reality Check

  • Utilize your time here to cultivate relationships within the GSD community:
    alumni; fellow students; faculty; visiting speakers; networking events; GSD Alumni Council events
  • Seek out ways to supplement your academic studies with experience: involvement with student clubs (HUPO, RED Club as well as across Harvard), summer internship or community service fellowship

Events of special note for UPD students

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) Consulting Fair (fall)
  • Harvard Real Estate Career Day (fall)
  • Case Interview Prep Session (fall)
  • Resume Blitz (electronic resume reviews)
  • Virtual Career Fair (January; summer internship opportunities)
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) International Development Expo (spring)
  • GSD Planning Careers Expo (spring)

Take advantage of:

  • Weekly e-newsletter (Career Newsflash)
  • Virtual Career Fair, January
  • (Begin your summer internship search early)
  • Community Service Fellowship Program
    (domestic summer internships & international travel grants)
    apply by late January for international travel;
    apply by mid March for domestic summer internships

Additional Resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook for Urban and Regional Planners

Planitzen Jobs

Info about a Career in Urban Design