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    New Member- Undergrad student at Umass

    Hello.
    I'm an undergraduate student majoring in Political Science with a certificate in Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts. I'm thrilled that I've discovered this site as it has been incredibly helpful so far. I'm interested in going to Grad school for Regional Planning but having a hard time figuring out what I should do. So far I haven't been able to find many internships related to planning for undergrads and I'm sort of dismayed by the fact that there are only 5 schools in MA that offer degrees in planning. I'd appreciate any advice from anyone who has already gone through this process or can direct me to helpful threads.

    Thanks,
    Doug

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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    Doug - We don't have to tell you it's a tough job market. Best of luck.
    Do you intend to stay in MA? If not, out of state schools would be an option.

    And welcome from the Florida panhandle.

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    Welcome from the Hoosier State, along the Ohio River.
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    Howdy from a former neighbor, but many years ago. (Mt Holyoke...)

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    Welcome from Western PA.

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    Welcome. 5 grad programs in planning is actually a pretty good # for a state the size of MA (although I can only think of 4 off the top of my head.)

    If you do want to stay in the area without lots of debt, UMass is a pretty good option. If you are lucky/smart/connected, MIT or Harvard are obviously very good but, I think, not necessary for most planning work. Tufts is good but expensive. If you are willing/interested to leave the area, there are lots of options. In the meantime, I would recommend looking for experience that is even slightly related. Even an administrative job in a planning office is well worth it.

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    Welcome from Central Indiana. Good luck in your search for a graduate program, look for funding opportunities. Planning is not the highest paying profession, so don't go into too much debt to get your degree.

    Look for internships, even if it is only filing papers. Looking through case files and being exposed to the workings of a planning department is a good way to at least get some idea of the planning world.

    Enjoy your time and have some fun here. Don't hesitate to ask for help, that's what we are all here for!

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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!
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