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Career Development

Whether you are a current student, a graduate, or a prospective employer, URPL is your key resource for information and assistance to connect with other planners both in the Madison-area and around the world.


URPL Students work with their advisors to ensure success in today's employment market.  In addition to their academic programs, students complete a mandatory internship, which is usually completed between the first and second year.

Alumni have a variety of rewarding opportunities to stay connected with the URPL and current students. URPL graduates hold important positions in international organizations; federal, state, and local government agencies; private industry; and nonprofit and community organizations. They are an invaluable resource for students in the development of their careers.



What is planning?
Why earn a planning degree?
What careers are available to planners?
How did professionals in the field become interested in planning? (YouTube video by the American Planning Association)


What jobs do students seek after graduation?


Students are hired for positions in various departments of local, state and federal government, higher education, non-profits organizations, and private consulting firms. They work as transportation planners, community development coordinators, regional planners, economic development specialists, food system planners, environmental planners, land use planners, comprehensive plan project managers, non-profit directors, and in many other capacities.