I live in an area that is growing rapidly (the southern part of Santa Clara County in CA) and planning seems like a facinating profession to me. I have looked at the websites for several cities in my area and most of them have openings for planners. My friend is an urban planner and he showed me what he does. However I have a degree in History with no planning experience (I'm 25 years old). I was wondering if getting an internship would be the best and most viable way to break into this profession, and how I could get one. Should I contact the planning divisions in these cities directly and ask if they have any internship offerings? Will they ask what my experience is and why I want to become a planner? Are the internships usually paid or unpaid?
Thanks for any advice, I really appreciate it.
Please, I need help guys...anyone have advice?