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Urban Studies & Planning
208 Sierra Hall
CSU Northridge
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8259

Hours: M-F (8 a.m. to 5 p.m)
Phone: (818) 677-2904
Fax: (818) 677-5850


urban.studies@csun.edu

Internships and Jobs

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This page is intended to assist students, soon to be graduates, and recent graduates of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at California State University, Northridge  to search for internships (paid and unpaid) and entry level employment in the broad area of urban studies and planning. 

There are three sections to this document.  The first section, How to Enroll in the Internship Class, provides links to the required forms and the basic directions needed to enroll in the class.  The second section, Books and Other Resources, identifies several key resources, books and websites, which may be helpful in seeking advice our guidance on a search for an internship or entry level job.  The third section “General Sources – Web Links” identifies a wide range of websites that advertise positions broadly related to urban studies and planning.  The following four sub-sections, Government Agencies; Cities – Municipalities; Businesses; and Non-Profit Sector focus specifically on potential employment sources in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Region.  The web links and sources have been updated and are current as of September 2013. 

HOW TO ENROLL IN THE INTERNSHIP CLASS

It is easy to enroll in the class and there is almost always space available in the class.  So don't worry about getting in.  First though, you have to go out there and find an internship because the department does not allow students to enroll in the class until they have confirmed an internship with a business, agency, government office, non-profit organization, etc.  You may want to take a look at the following book chapter The value of an internship experience for early career geographers which while focusing on geography includes useful sections on how to look for an internship regardless of the specific field. 

Once you have made contact with an organization that wants to offer you an internship, then you need to speak with the department’s internship coordinator and make sure that the proposed internship is acceptable.  Once that hurdle is passed, you can complete the required paperwork (see below), meet with the internship coordinator to review and submit the paperwork, and then to get a permission number and enroll in the class. 

Once the internship is approved by the internship coordinator, here is what has to happen to get you enrolled in the internship class ... 

a) Please complete the “Internship Learning Plan” form ... it needs to be signed by you, the department’s internship coordinator, and whomever will be your internship supervisor (your direct supervisor) in the organization.    

Internship Learning plan ... (student, agency supervisor, faculty member)
http://www-admn.csun.edu/risk/riskweb_08/internships/forms/internship-learning-plan-risk.pdf

b) You must also write a brief paragraph that explains what you and the organization have agreed will be your responsibilities/duties during the internship period.  This need not be long and details, but it should be three or  ... or at least an idea ... it should be attached to the Internship Learning Plan (above).   

c) Student and Agency Conduct (student and faculty member)
http://www-admn.csun.edu/risk/riskweb_08/internships/internship-guidelines-risk.pdf

You need to review this document carefully and if you can abide it, then sign.  The class instructor, is the contact person, so put his/her name in the space.  You and the instructor must  review this document together (in person).

d) Agency agreement (agency and faculty member)
http://www-admn.csun.edu/purch/forms/internship-request-agreement.pdf

The basic info needed here is the official address, email, website, phone of the department and the name of whomever is the administrator or perhaps the head of the department (not your immediate internship supervisor).  This is an insurance/risk document that they will sign off on as will the CSUN contracts office.  

Also all of these forms will not save on the CSUN website.  So you must either fill them out and print them immediately or you can download them to somewhere else, then fill them out.  That way the info is saved.  Alternatively you can also print them and fill the out by hand. 

BOOKS AND OTHER RESOUCES:

Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design
(2010). By Michael Bayer, Nancy Grank, and Jason Valerius.  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons. ISBN 978-0470-27863-5. 320 pp. $45.00.

Federal Planning Division – A division of the American Planning Association.  Guide
to jobs for planners in the federal government.
http://www.federalplanning.org/employment.htm

Insider’s Guide to Careers in Urban Planning.  (2009). By Tim Halbur and Nate Berg.  
Los Angeles, CA: Urban Insight.  ISBN 978-0-9789329-4-7. 117 pp. $24.95.

Jobs and Careers With Nonprofit Organizations: Profitable Careers With Nonprofits.
(1998). by Krannich liRon. Impact Publications. ISBN 978-1570230844. 256 pp. $36.80.  

Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition: Urban and Regional Planners (PDF)   by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Washington, DC. http://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/print.pl/oco/ocos057.htm

The Harvard Business School Guide to Careers in the Nonprofit Sector (A Harvard Business School Career Guide). (2000). by Stephanie Lowell. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press. ISBN 978-1578512317.  128 pp.   

The Riley Guide: Jobs in Public Service & Administration
http://www.rileyguide.com/public.html

 

GENERAL SOURCES – WEB LINKS

AIA- The American Institute of Architects (site: http://careercenter.aia.org/search.cfm)

California APA- American Planning Association California Chapter (site: http://www.calapa.org/en/jobs/search.asp )

Calopps gov.- Career in Local Government (site: https://www.calopps.org/results.cfm?jloca=0&JobInterest=38,35,45,14,51,47&SeekSal=&SeekSalAmt=&SeekSalQual=Hrsal&JobType=&keyword )

C-BEEP – (site: http://dhr.lacounty.info/CBEEP.asp )

The Community-Based Enterprise Education Program (C-BEEP) is administered by the County of Los Angeles Department of Human Resources to place university students within County departments as volunteer interns for the completion of specific projects, research or studies ordered by the Board of Supervisors. While C-BEEP internships are unpaid, academic course credit is available through most university partners.

Geography Jobs USA (site: http://www.geographyjobs.com/ )

GovernmentJobs.com (site: https://www.governmentjobs.com/ )

Greenjobsearch.org (site: http://www.greenjobsearch.org/)

INDEED (site: http://www.indeed.com/ )

Job Board - Cyburbia Forums | Urban Planning Community

The Planning Report (site: http://planningreport.com/ )

National APA- American Planning Association (site: http://www.planning.org/jobs/search/)

Planetizen (site: http://www.planetizen.com/jobs)

Jobs | The Planning Report: (http://jobs.planningreport.com/)

SDAPA Jobs - The San Diego Section of the American Planning Association: (http://sdapa.org/go/category/jobs/)

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Assembly District 39

Bringing Back Broadway

Business Improvement District

CALTRANS/JOBS/CURRENT JOBS

Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles (CRA)

County of Los Angeles Department of Beaches and Harbors (site: http://dhr.lacounty.info/intjobs.htm)
Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority

Empower LA (site: http://empowerla.org/)

Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

SANDAG- San Diego Association of Governments
San Diego County

SCAG- Southern California Association of Governments

CITIES – MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS

Agoura Hills

Arcadia

Baldwin Park

Bell Gardens

Bellflower

Beverly Hills

Burbank

Calabasas

Carson

Cerritos

Claremont

Commerce

Culver City

Diamond Bar

Duarte

El Monte

El Segundo

Glendale

Glendora

Hawthorne

Hermosa Beach

Inglewood

La Cañada Flintridge

Lakewood

Lancaster

Lawndale

Los Angeles

Malibu

Manhattan Beach

Maywood

Monrovia

Montebello

Monterey Park

Moorpark

Norwalk

Palmdale

Pasadena (site: http://agency.governmentjobs.com/pasadena/default.cfm )

Pico Rivera

Pomona

Rancho Palos Verdes

Redondo Beach

Rolling Hills Estates

City of Rosemead

San Dimas

San Fernando

San Gabriel

Santa Clarita

Santa Monica

South Pasadena  (site:http://www.ci.south-pasadena.ca.us/index.aspx?page=343 )

Thousand Oaks

West Covina Website

West Hollywood

BUSINESSES

Abode Communities (site: http://abodecommunities.org/site/ )
701 East 3rd Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, California 90013
(213) 629-2702

AC Martin
444 South Flower Street, Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 683- 1900

AECOM
515 S. Flower Street, 9th floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 593-7772

Architecture for Education
65 North Catalina Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 356- 4080

Atkins North America, Inc.
12301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 430
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 268- 8132

Baker Williams Engineering Group
6020 Rutland Drive, Suite 19
Carmichael, CA 95608-0515
(916) 331-4336

Bay Area Economics
5405 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 291
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(213) 471- 2666

California American Water
1033 B Avenue, Suite 200
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435-7450

Chambers Group
315 W. 9th Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213)623-1859

Circlepoint: (http://www.circlepoint.com/)
1814 Franklin Street, Suite 1000     
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 285-6700

Civic Solutions
3200 Guasti Rd., Suite 100
Ontario, CA 91761
(951) 779-9929

Civil Engineering Design Group
2420 Grand Avenue, Suite B-1
Vista, California 92081
(760) 599-8585

Consensus Inc.
(No Mailing Address Found)
(213) 438-1755

Craig Lawson & Co., LLC
8758 Venice Blvd. #200
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-2400

Cusumano Real Estate Group
101 South First Street, Suite 400
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 841-5800

E7 Architecture
4112 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90037
(213) 572-0130

Envicom Corporation
28328 Agoura Road
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
(818) 879-4700

Environmental Science Associates - ESA
626 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 599-4300

Galvin Preservation Associates
231 California Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
(310) 792- 2690

Go Green Construction
9300 Texhoma Ave.
Northridge, CA 91325
(818)718-7477

HDR Engineering, Inc.
801 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 239-5800

HMC Architects
633 W. 5th Street, Third Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 542- 8300

Hogle- Ireland: Planning and Development Consulting
2860 Michelle Drive, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92606
(949) 553-1427

IBI Group
4115 Broad St., Suite B6
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805)546- 0433

Impact Sciences
70 South Lake Avenue 10th Floor Suite 205
Pasadena, California 91101
(626) 564-1500

Jacobs Engineering
600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 239- 1300

James Suhr & Associates, LLC
817 Chautauqua Blvd.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454 6446

KTGY Group, Inc. Architecture and Planning
1733 Ocean Avenue, Suite 250
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394- 2623

Landrum & Brown
27812 El Lazo Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 349-0671

Lilley Planning Group
138 West Amerige Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
(714) 672- 9906

Linscott, Law & Greenspan, Engineers (LLG)
600 South Lake Avenue Suite 500
Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 796-2322

LSA Associates, Inc.
20 Executive Park, Suite 200
Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 553-0666

Melendrez
617 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, California 90014
(213) 673- 4400

MIG, Inc.
169 N. Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-9872

Moore & Associates
28159 Avenue Stanford, Suite 110
Valencia, CA 91355
(888) 743-5977

Parsons Brinckerhoff
6420 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90048-5502
(323) 651-1998

Pro Forma Advisors LLC
722 1st Street, Suite F
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310)616-5079

PSOMAS
555 South Flower Street Suite 4400
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 223- 1400

RBF Consulting
801 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 250-7359

Sapphos Environmental Inc.
430 North Halstead St.
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 683-3547

Susan Levi & Associates, Inc.
13029-A Victory Blvd., #319
North Hollywood, CA 91606
(818) 780-9100

The Top 500 Design Firms
URS Corp.
915 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 996- 2200

Waste Management
9081 Tujunga Avenue, 1st Floor
Sun Valley, CA 91352
(800) 926-9693

West Coast Environmental & Engineering
(No Contact Information Found)

Willdan Engineering
2401 East Katella Avenue, Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 940-6300

Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects, LLP
Los Angeles
515 South Flower Street
Suite 3700
Los Angeles, California 90071
Phone: (213) 617-1901

 
NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

A Community of Friends
3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 480-0809

Beyond Shelter
340 North Madison Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(213) 252-0772

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation
702 County Square Drive
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 659-3791

California Coalition for Rural Housing
717 K Street, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 443-4448

Community Resources & Talent Development
(No Website Found)
333 West Florence
Inglewood, CA 90301
(310) 544-1536

Canaan Housing Corporation
(No Website Found)
2412 Griffith Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(213) 748-0250

Chinatown Service Center (site: http://www.cscla.org/ )
767 North Hill Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 808-1700

Chrysalis (site: http://www.changelives.org/ )
522 S. Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 806-6300

Coachella Valley Housing Coalition (site: http://www.cvhc.org/ )
45701 Monroe Street #G
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 347-3157

Community Build (site: http://www.communitybuild.org/ )
4305 Degnan Blvd., #102
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 290-6560

Community Corporation Santa Monica (site: http://www.communitycorp.org/ )
1423 2nd Street, Suite B
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 394-8487

Community Development Technologies (site: http://www.cdtech.org/about/contact/ )
520 W. 23rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
213-763-2520

Concerned Citizens of South Central L.A.
4707 South Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90011
(323) 846-2500

Corridor Economic Development Corporation
(No Website Found)
600 Corporate Pointe, #1100
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 337-3155

Drew Child Development Corporation
1770 East 118th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 249-2970

East Los Angeles Community Corporation (site: http://www.elacc.org/)
530 South Boyle Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 269-4214

Economic Resource Corporation
2600 Industry Way
Lynwood, CA 90262
(310) 537-4610

El Centro Del Pueblo (new site: http://elcentrodelpueblo.org/ )
1157 Lemoyne Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-6335

El Pueblo Community Development Corporation
(No Website Found)
234 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 300
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 564-1988

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation (site: http://www.esperanzacommunityhousing.org/get-involved/internships/ )
2337 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 748-7285

Habitat for Humanity- Los Angeles Chapter (site: http://habitatla.org/get-involved/)
17700 S. Figueroa Street
 Gardena, CA 90248
(310)323-4663

Habitat for Humanity- San Fernando/ Santa Clarita Chapter
21031 Ventura Blvd. Suite 610
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
(818) 884-8808

Healthy Homes Collaborative
P.O. Box 31796, Los Angeles, CA 90031
(323)226-9587

Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA)
2701 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 100
Los Angeles, CA 90057
(213) 389-1148

Historic Resources Group
12 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Suite 200
Pasadena, CA 91105-1915
(626) 793-2400

Global Green USA
2218 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-2700

Gramercy Housing Group  (new site: http://www.epath.org/site/PATHGramercy/home.html
1824 4th Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
(323) 737-7351

Greater Bethany EDC
(No Website Found)
8327 South Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 753-8980

Green Biz
350 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 800
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 550-8285

Green Jobs
(No Address and No Phone Number Found)

Heritage Housing Partners
608 N. Fair Oaks Avenue, #126,
Pasadena, California 91103
(626) 403-4663

Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
5020 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90029
(323) 469-0710

Korean Health Education Info & Research Center
3727 West 6th Street, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 427-4000

Korean Youth and Community Center
3727 West 6th Street, Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 365-7400

L.A. Family Housing
7843 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-4091

LAMP Community
526 San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 488-9559

LINC Housing Corporation
110 Pine Avenue, Suite 500
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 684-1100

Little Tokyo Service Center CDC
231 East 3rd Street, Suite G106
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 473-3030

Los Angeles Community Design Center
(No Website Found)
315 West 9th Street, Suite 410
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-2702

Los Angeles Family Housing Corporation
7843 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91605
(818) 982-4091

Los Angeles Housing Partnership
1200 Wilshire Blvd. #307
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 629-9172

Many Mansions
1459 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Bldg D
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 496-4948

Mothers of East L.A. (No Website Found)
3354 East Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90023
(323) 266-8832

National Farm Workers Service Center
316 West Second Street Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 362-0260

Neighborhood Housing Services of L.A. County
3926 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 381-2862 or (888)895-2647

New Economics for Women
303 South Loma Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 483-2060

Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative
(No Mailing Address Found)
(213) 346-3253

Open Space (new site: http://www.openspace.org/contact_us.asp)
330 Distel Circle
Los Altos, CA 94022-1404
(650) 691-1200

Orange County Community Housing Corporation
1833 East 17th Street, Suite 207
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 558-8161

Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment (PACE)
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1475
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 353-3982

People's CORE
1610 Beverly Blvd., Ste. #2,
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 241-0995

Pico Union Housing Corporation
1038 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 747-2790

Planning and Conservation League
1107 9th Street, Suite 901
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 822-5636

Pueblo Nuevo Development
3435 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 417-3413

Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA)
3200 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 382-1819

Shelter Partnership
523 W. 6th Street, Suite 616
Los Angeles, CA 90014-1224
(213) 688-2188

Sierra Club: Angeles Chapter
3435 Wilshire Blvd #320
Los Angeles, CA 90010-1904
(213) 387-4287

Single Resident Occupancy Housing Corporation (SRO)
354 South Spring Street, Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 229-9640

Skid Row Housing Trust
1317 East 7th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(213) 683-0522 x111

TELACU
5400 Olympic Boulevard #300
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 721-1655

Thai Community Development Center
6376 Yucca Street, Suite #B
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 468-2555

Transportation Foundation of Los Angeles
2615 S. Grand Ave. Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 744-1030

Tree Hugger
(No Mailing Address and No Phone Number Found)

Tree People
12601 Mulholland Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(818) 753-4600

United Cambodian Community (UCC)
2201 East Anaheim Street, Suite 200
Long Beach, CA 90804
(562) 433-2490

Venice Community Housing Corporation
720 Rose Avenue
Venice, CA 90291
(310) 399-4100

Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation
1130 West Slauson Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90044
(323) 753-2335

Ward Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 7391
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 747-1188

Watts Labor Community Action Committee
10950 South Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(323) 563-5639

Watts/ Century Latino Organization
10360 Wilmington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90002
(323) 564-9140

West Angeles CDC
6028 Crenshaw Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
(323) 751-3440

West Hollywood CHC
7530 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite #1
West Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 650-8771

West Valley CDC
(No Website Found)
7006 Alabama Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303
(818) 888-6990

 

 

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