I'm starting to plan for life post-graduation and would really like your opinions. I'm trying to decide between getting 1-2 years of work experience and going to grad school for a Masters in Urban Planning. Currently, I'm enrolled in a liberal arts college with a major in Urban Studies, graduating Dec 2013. The program focuses more on urban theory, history, social issues so I don't really have any skills so to speak, though I will be taking a GIS class this spring. I'm pretty worried about going to grad school straight after college because I'm not 100% certain that urban planning / consulting will be what I want to do in the future, and I'm not sure if a Masters in Urban Planning would allow me to take on jobs in other areas. At the same time, based on my experience in searching for internships, plenty of urban planning firms are looking for interns with design / engineering backgrounds, which I don't have.
In your experience or in your opinion, what are some of the pros and cons of working / interning after college before going to grad school vs going straight to grad school?
How 'transferable' is a Masters in Urban Planning?
I'm also researching grad schools and trying to find programs that fit my interests. I'm looking at schools in or very close to large cities because that's the type of environment I prefer. Does anyone have suggestions for such schools that are also more internationally-oriented, rather than being primarily focused on the American context, with strong programs in international planning / housing + community planning? I'm a little more interested in the policy-making, social issues side of things, though I do want to learn physical planning skills as well.
I'll really appreciate your opinions and suggestions!