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    Cyburbian
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    Choosing an internship

    Hi,

    I am entering my senior year of a Urban Studies & Planning degree at University of California, San Diego. For one of my classes, I am required to intern at a place of my choice in several areas of concentration.

    Architecture & Urban Design
    Community & Economic Development
    Environment
    Housing
    Infrastructure & Public Facilities
    Public Health, Safety & Welfare
    Transportation Planning
    Tribal Policy and Planning
    Urban & Regional Planning
    US-Mexico Border Planning

    Look, I know I should be doing what I "love." However, from a purely monetary standpoint, what concentration should I intern in. Not only that, but where are the jobs most stable???

    Thanks!!

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    Caps REALLY HELP!

    I really don't think that anyone can answer what you should be doing. There is money to be made in all fields. If you really want to make money go into inventing.


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    Cyburbian
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    Community & Economic Development is the broadest of the fields and may some day have more jobs than the other fields.

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    With the caveat that virtually no area is completely safe from the threat of budget cuts these days, I would venture, purely based on need and the liklihood of future funding, that these might be your best bet:

    Transportation Planning - even in down times, transportation planning forges ahead (though may be less ambitious than when the money is flowing)

    Tribal Policy and Planning - I included this because it is very interesting, but also because the money that supports Tribal planners often comes from a mix of federal dollars (much of which is not as easily subjected to budget changes) and monies provided by the Tribes, such as from gaming enterprises. I don't foresee gambling revenue dwindling in hard times....

    US-Mexico Border Planning - I don't really know what kind of border planning this might entail, but again, border issues are not likely to recede because of a bad economy. That's what is driving alot of the border issues to begin with - people in tough situations trying to find a better way to provide for families.

    For some of the others, even though you would expect an increase of need in hard times (like housing or economic development, even public health), they tend to not fare so well when states slash budgets. And building slows, so design and architecture isn't going to have a lot of steam behind it either.

    But really, I don't see that any one of these areas is going to make you a lot of money over another. I am speaking just on perceived stability which is purely subjective and NOTHING is a guarantee these days. Given that, I would pursue what interests you within these fields. Because, if you do something you care about, you will likely do a better job and that increases your chances of being retained in hard times. That is the other side of downsizing - the more integral you are and the better you do your job, the less likely that you will be the one cut. Not a guarantee (and plenty of good workers lose their jobs all the time), but if you take a job just because it seems more lucrative, I would fear not having the motivation to perform as well. And that would make you more vulnerable.
    The purpose of life is a life of purpose

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    There is no "money" in planning. Can you make a reasonable wage if you're lucky enough to find a paying internship or job? Sure. But no planning job will make anyone rich, except the 0.01% planner rockstars who've paid their dues with decades of work and who've had uncommon success, or the occasional firm partner who sold out before the housing crash.

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    Cyburbian
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    Thanks for the help everybody.

    Does concentrating on an area like Public Policy allow for branching into other jobs like Human Resource Specialist?

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