Who hires GSD Urban Planning & Design graduates? A look at employers hiring 2016-2019:

  • Economic Development: Inter American Development Bank, Jiaming Investment Group, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, NY City Economic Development Corp.
  • Consulting: ARUP, Asakura Robinson, Deloitte, KPMG, URS Corp., McKinsey & Company, VHB
  • Design: AECOM, SOM, Raimi + Associates, Tsoi Kobus Design, ZGF Architects
  • Government: Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Cambridge Housing Authority, EPA, U.S. Govt. GSA, City of Chicago, New York City Dept. of Housing Preservation & Development, Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • Transportation: Federal Highway Administration, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center
  • Real Estate: AIG Real Estate, BlueWave Capital LLC, EYA LLC, Hines, Jonathan Rose, Primary Development LLC, The Schochet Company
  • Nonprofit: Affordable Housing Assoc., Community Housing Partnership, Crossover Community Impact, Inc., Homeowners RehabPreservation of Affordable Housing

What are the key skills UPD students develop?

  • Research
  • Writing
  • Analysis
  • Community outreach/meeting facilitation
  • GIS skills
  • Public speaking/presentations

Which industries hire UPD graduates?

  • Landscape architecture, architecture, planning firms
  • Consulting
  • Government
  • Higher education
  • Nonprofits

What types of jobs do UPD grads pursue?

  • Development Manager, real estate
  • Project Manager, economic development
  • Planner, city government
  • Planner, consulting
  • Associate Planner, urban consulting
  • Research Associate, international urban development nonprofit Founder, international NGO
  • Project Planner and Analyst, nonprofit
  • Planner, multidisciplinary design firm
  • Consultant, Urban Planning & Development firm
  • Architect/Urban Designer, multidisciplinary design firm

How do I find Planning and Urban Design alumni contacts?

Three sources of alumni contacts (for current students and graduates):

LinkedIn: Join the Harvard GSD group

CREATE: the GSD career management system

Harvard University Alumni: (Harvard Alumni Association)

Reality Check

  • Utilize your time here to cultivate relationships within the GSD community:
    alumni; fellow students; faculty; visiting speakers; networking events; GSD Alumni Council events
  • Seek out ways to supplement your academic studies with experience: involvement with student clubs (HUPO, RED Club as well as across Harvard), summer internship or community service fellowship

Events of special note for UPD students

  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) Consulting Fair (fall), Urban Innovations Fairs (spring)
  • Harvard Real Estate Career Day (fall)
  • Case Interview Prep Session (fall)
  • Resume Blitz (electronic resume reviews)
  • Virtual Career Fair (January; summer internship opportunities)
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Government (HKS) International Development Expo (spring)
  • GSD Planning Careers Expo (spring)

Take advantage of:

  • Weekly e-newsletter (Career Newsflash)
  • Virtual Career Fair, January
  • (Begin your summer internship search early)
  • Community Service Fellowship Program
    (domestic summer internships & international travel grants)
    apply by late November for international travel;
    apply by mid March for domestic summer internships

Additional Resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook for Urban and Regional Planners

Job Search Resources: Planning, Urban Design, Real Estate

Info about a Career in Urban Design