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    Recently graduated, from SF, now living in Indonesia

    Hello, everybody!

    So, I'm a recent Urban Studies and Planning graduate from San Francisco State University. (Only a BA, and merely 10 years after starting. What can I say? College was a very desultory, though rewarding, experience.)

    Anyway, as most of you know, jobs for entry level planners are in short supply these days, so I opted for an internship experience with a place called the Laboratory for Housing and Human Settlements in Surabaya, Indonesia, which I will be starting this coming Monday. They perform a variety of activities pertaining to slum upgrading, historic preservation, and other general planning and policy work in the city.

    The plan is to spend a year at the internship, gain some solid experience and contacts, and then try to get a job here in Indonesia for a couple years before applying to graduate school back home in the US. Maybe by then the economy will have recovered a bit. (Though what exactly an economic recovery in the US would look like I'm not sure of; hopefully not simply returning to the high-flying days of interminable sprawl building, which, I think, is highly unlikely at this point.)

    Anyway, my long-time significant other and I have been in Jakarta for the last week, where I've been attending the first International Conference on Civic Space in Post-Authoritarian Asian Cities. It was very enlightening. The people here are incredibly warm and gracious, and Jakarta is an immensely fascinating place from a planning (or perhaps a lack thereof) perspective. It is pretty much everything you would expect, good and bad, from a developing world mega-city. Highly recommend visting!

    Well, looking forward to spending some time on this forum and getting to virtually know all of you. Cheers!

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    Welcome from the triangle! Best of Luck in your internship, sounds exciting, at least from the perspective of my suburban american office
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    Welcome from the Great State of Ohio!! Internships are the way to go. I know personally I learned a ton and made some great contacts. Good luck and welcome!
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    I spent some time in Aceh on a Fulbright-Hayes grant studying the post tsunami recovery. I fell in love with the Indonesian people. One of my friends is working with the European Commission on development issues now, I believe he's in Jakarta these days. Enjoy your time there!
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    Greetings from a NorCal native transplanted to the Florida panhandle.

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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!
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