I am considering a career change from marketing to urban planning, however before committing to a two-year masters program, I hope to get first hand experience with the profession. I would like to offer my services as a marketing manager and contribute to a firmís marketing efforts at no salary, in return for the opportunity to observe the day-to-day nature of the profession and perhaps shadow a member of the staff for a day. Is this is a realistic option, or more specifically does anyone know of any planning firms that might be interested in such an arrangement? Opportunities in the New York metropolitan area would be ideal. Any other suggestions for ways in which I could get first hand experience with planning would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your help.