I'm new to posting, but have been lurking for a long time. I am almost 30, and have had a successful career in advertising and entertainment since graduating college. I am still gainfully employed in this field, and I don't hate my job, but I've been ready to move on to something new for a while.
When I started to get the itch to change careers, I started taking landscape architecture classes on the side at night. I've been doing this for the past year or so, and have developed a decent, if pretty basic, graphics and design portfolio. However, I've realized that the planning/policy/politics/organizing/big picture end of things is way more interesting to me than the details of design, which I find pretty boring. I am a people person, and I can't imagine being stuck doing CAD drawings all day. So now I'm looking into planning.
I know I'm not ready to apply to grad school. But I need a tangible way to learn more about the realities of planning the next year. One of my ideas is to try one of those career discovery programs at Berkeley or Harvard. But as someone who has a lot of work experience and did a lot of internships back in the day, I know that being in an internship/job can be a lot more eye-opening than just taking classes.
Would I have any chance of getting a summer internship somewhere, even though I'm not enrolled in a program? I've been working as a producer, so even though it's a different field, I've spent the last 8 years organizing teams of people, dealing with piles of paperwork, and solving problems. And I do have this small design portfolio, and I definitely have the work ethic and the interest.
Does this sound like a complete pie in the sky idea? I'd rather get my hands dirty in an internship to learn my way around the industry than to sit in a theoretical class. Let me know what you think!