My name is Ross Kinkade. Im currently a Freshman (technically a sophmore- graduate high school early) going to Waubonsee Community College to prepare for transfering to UIC's Bachelors in Urban and Public Affairs. I have had a unpaid internship on the Historical Preservation Commission in my town, and I am actively looking for others.
The main reason I got interested in the field was because of my interest with how cities work and are designed. I am also interested in preparing them for the future (not neccesarially Smart Growth and New Urbanism). I also have more of an international focus in the field- my goal is to work out side of the USA ( with my main focus more on developing countries, not throwing out developed countries entirely). I also have interest in Architecture, International Affairs and Politics.
I have a couple questions that I need some answers too:
1) What are the job prospects and requirements to work internationally? Is there enough demand for planners abroad and what type of education do I need?
2) Should I dual major in a related field/Planning? I have been thinking about minoring in International Affairs at UIC. Maybe get some GIS certification? What are things to learn and gain to increase my selling potential as a planner?
3) Where are there internships in the field? What are places to look for them?
Any other advice and direction is appreciated.
I'm sure I have more questions but these are all for now.