I've been reading through this forum over the past few days, and it has been very helpful. I'm really glad there's a resource like this for practicing planners and students to coalesce!
Anyways, I would like some advice about building a solid resume. More specifically, I want to know what I can do to to get into a good grad program. I have at least a year before I need to start applying, and I want to do as much as I can to assure my admission.
A little background-- I'm going into my junior year at a small liberal arts school, with a double major in environmental studies and sociology. Although my school doesn't have a straight out "planning" degree, I have taken as many courses related to planning issues as possible. I have a solid GPA, but I haven't taken the GRE yet. As far as practical experience goes, I am currently working at my first internship with a my local county's planning division.
I am hoping to attend a strong planning school for my master's (preferably Berkeley, MIT, UPenn, Harvard, or possibly PSU--to live in my favorite city ). I'm very interested in urban design, physical planning, economic development, community development, and environmental planning (I'm notororious for indecisiveness---guess I need to hone in on my interests, huh).
Do any of you attend these schools? If so, what do you recommend? What academic/prodessional experience did you have that helped you get in?
If you don't attend these schools, do you have a suggestion for another program that I overlooked?
And back to my original question-- what can I do (eg specific courses, research, training, portfolio development, job experience) to catch the eye of admissions reps at these competetive schools?