Ann Forsyth is professor of Urban Planning at Harvard University.
It’s winter break for many northern hemisphere planning
students so time to start planning for next summer’s internship. I have previously
blogged about "making the most of an internship": http://www.planetizen.com/node/51287. Here I briefly talk
about the practicalities of getting one.
Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 5:55pm PST
With the proliferation of new media planning practitioners
have new ways to find out about the continuing work of planning faculty members
who have retired. Not all of them blog of course, but the list below
demonstrates some of the variety of these efforts.
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 12:23pm PDT
As readers of this blog will know I encourage people to find
out about planning programs in multiple ways. Reading the work of faculty is a
crucial first step as is reading the program’s web site. Visiting open houses
or connecting with students (programs often set up some kind of chat space
around admission time) are also options. Increasingly schools are using multiple
forms of social media to reach current students and alums providing a useful
window onto the programs for prospective students. This list highlights a few
of these sources used specifically by planning programs.
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 9:17am PDT
Recently I’ve had a number of undergraduate students ask how
to make the most of internships—over the semester and in the breaks. The
following represents some advice for current students.
Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 4:48pm PDT
When the Planetizen team set up the Interchange blog section in early 2007 they invited half a dozen academics, and dozens of others, to blog. This is my 54th entry in that (monthly) series. I’m about to start dealing with some new topics--like big ideas in planning--but thought I should do a little research to see which of my past blogs people have been reading.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 9:35am PDT
It’s the middle of summer and few people are thinking about the return to school. However, in the coming month or two new students will need to start interacting with their faculty adviser. The following tips can help make it a productive relationship.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 9:32am PDT
Many of those who have recently graduated in planning are currently asking “how can I get a job?” Of course a number of recent graduates do have work. But government budget cuts may mean that local jobs are hard to get. This is the time to use your imagination. To get you started here are some ideas:
Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 6:26pm PDT
Spring is conference season for many major professional associations including the American Planning Association. However, if you missed APA this year, or even if you didn’t, a number of more specialized groups meet over the summer in smaller and more focused settings. Student registrations and deals on accommodation can make these very affordable.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 5:31am PDT
I’ve had a lot of students ask me recently about who should write a letter of reference as they apply to graduate school. I have a policy on my own web site stating when I will write a letter but there are more general principles that hold across many faculty members and programs.
Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 4:34am PDT
Recently, a number of students have asked me questions about a similar topic—managing time. In graduate school there are deadlines. Some required tasks are not things you would choose to do unless forced—just like the world of work. At the same time one has a relatively large amount of flexibility as to how one organizes time to get it done. The tips below aim to help you figure out an approach to this difficult issue. They draw on my own observations. However, my able researchassistant Amanda Wilson provided some additional comments and I quote her fromtime to time! Errors are of course mine.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 3:35pm PST