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The UCLA Luskin School Career Services program prepares and enables UCLA Luskin Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning students to successfully compete in an increasingly competitive job market by offering a full series of career services and events. Programs will include a wide range of career development workshops, CareerView online career job site, and a diverse range of networking opportunities with alumni, Senior Fellows, and future employers. Students will graduate with a professional demeanor, a proactive approach to solving problems, and a positive outlook to succeed in public service.

Career Services for Luskin Students

UCLA Luskin is dedicated to the professional development of its students and alumni.  Career Services offers professional development programs and resources that are tailored to areas of interest within the fields of Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning.

Students are encouraged to develop their career paths and proactively explore career resources to enhance their choices for preferred employment.  They will be advised to assess skills and interests, focus on a career goal, market themselves as professionals, and supplement their expertise through skill-building workshops.  Attendance at Employer Information Sessions in which students can submit resumes directly to recruiters is encouraged. Presentations typically take place on campus over the lunch hour and conclude with a question and answer session.


Our annual Career Fair brings together employers from the public, private and non-profit sectors that have job and internship vacancies. The free fair provides a convenient opportunity for students to meet employers offering full-time jobs and internships.

Download our informational brochure (PDF)

Browse jobs/internships exclusive to UCLA Luskin students and alumni on CareerView, UCLA Luskin’s online employment database

Career Toolkit: Job Search Resources and Tools (PDF)

Online Career Resources

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Public Policy Class of 2016 Employment Survey Results — Jan 2017

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs prepares its students to enter the workforce with a broad range of practical and professional skills. Luskin Graduates are prepared to take on leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researches, policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The following survey results provide information and statistics regarding where our Class of 2016 graduates are working, their salary ranges, the policy issues they are tackling and how they found their current jobs.

Percentage Employed

84% of Jan 2017 Public Policy graduates who responded to the survey are employed full-or part-time at organizations such as:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • BOTEC Analysis
  • Cal Trans
  • Center for Effective Global Action
  • City of Long Beach
  • Department of Energy & Environment
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Federal Government
  • Genentech
  • Gibbs Law Group LLP
  • Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
  • Kaiser
  • Kings County Association of Governments
  • Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
  • M Powered Strategies
  • New Sector Alliance
  • PwC
  • Rand Corporation
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Santa Clara County Public Health Department
  • Triage Consulting Group
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Department of Chicano Studies
  • U.S. Department of State

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 47% work for the government, 32% secured jobs in the private sector, 11% work for an educational institution and 10% work for non-profit companies. 33% hold a mid-level position, 50% hold an entry-level position and 6% hold a senior-level position.



Location

75% of respondents work in California. Of that percentage, 33% work in Los Angeles, 25% work in Washington D.C., and about 16% work in San Francisco/Berkeley. The remaining 25% of respondents accepted international positions.

Annual Salary Range for 2016 Graduates


Industry/Policy Areas

The majority of recent graduates’ jobs are in the following fields:

Advocacy

Budget/Finance

Child & Family Services

Community Development

Consulting

Disaster/Emergency Management

Drug/Substance Abuse

Economic Development

Education

Environment/Sustainability

Government (Federal, State, Local)

Grant Writing/ Fundraising

Immigration

International Development

Law

National Security

Public Health

Research

Transportation

Urban Planning


How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 38% of recent graduates indicated that they found their current jobs through networking opportunities, including the Senior Fellows Program, networking with faculty, Luskin alumni and colleagues/professionals in the field. Additionally, 19% had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Another 75% discovered their position through online job searches and departmental list-serve.

Social Welfare Class of 2016 Employment Survey Results — Jan 2017

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs prepares its students to enter the workforce with a broad range of practical and professional skills. Luskin Graduates are prepared to take on leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researches, policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The following survey results provide information and statistics regarding where our Class of 2016 graduates are working, their salary ranges, the policy issues they are tackling and how they found their current jobs.

Percentage Employed

100% of the June 2016 graduates who responded to the survey are employed full- or part-time at organizations such as:

  • AADAP Inc.
  • Aspire Public Schools
  • Boston Medical Center
  • California State Prison LA County
  • Camarillo Health Care District
  • Cedars- Sinai
  • Center for the Pacific Asian Family
  • Child and Family Guidance Center
  • Children’s Bureau
  • Child Protective Services
  • DCFS
  • Didi Hirsch
  • doTerra International
  • Exodus Recovery
  • Handong Global University
  • Kedre Community Health Center, Inc.
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • MDSC
  • Mentis
  • Migrant Justice
  • National Council for Behavioral Health
  • Pacific Clinics
  • Para Los Niños
  • Project Enable
  • Riverside County Children Services Dision
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
  • UCLA TIES for Families
  • Seneca Family of Agencies
  • Shields for Families
  • The Actors Fund
  • The People Concern
  • Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 28% work for the government, 56% secured jobs in non-profit companies, 6% are employed by the public sector, 11% work for educational institutions. 3% hold a senior-level position, 38% hold a mid-level position, and 44% hold an entry-level position.



Location

81% of respondents are working in California, and 61% of those are located in Los Angeles County; he remaining work in Oakland, Glendale, Camarillo or San Diego. 3% of respondents are working in Korea, 3% in Washington DC, and 7% are working in Vermont.

Annual Salary Range for 2016 Graduates


Industry/Policy Area

The majority of the recent graduates’ jobs are in the following fields:

  • Advocacy
  • Affordable Housing
  • Budget/Finance
  • Child & Family Services
  • Community Development
  • Consulting
  • Counseling
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster/Emergency Management
  • Drug/Substance Abuse
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Employment/ Labor
  • Gerontology
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • Grant Writing/Fundraising
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Law
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Poverty/Homelessness
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Social Welfare

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 27% of recent graduates had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Additionally, 43% of recent graduates indicated that they found their current jobs through networking opportunities, including attending career events, networking with faculty, Luskin alumni and colleagues/professionals in the field. Another 54% discovered their position through online job searches.

Urban Planning Class of 2016 Employment Survey Results — Jan 2017

The UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs prepares its students to enter the workforce with a broad range of practical and professional skills. Luskin Graduates are prepared to take on leadership roles and effect change as practitioners, researches, policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The following survey results provide information and statistics regarding where our Class of 2016 graduates are working, their salary ranges, the policy issues they are tackling and how they found their current jobs.

Organizations

96% of the January 2017 graduates who responded to this survey are employed full- or part-time at organizations such as:

  • Advancement Project California
  • AECOM
  • Aleshire & Wynder, LPP
  • Alliance for Community Transit –LA
  • Alta Planning + Design
  • California Housing Partnership Corporation
  • Caltrans
  • City of Berkeley
  • City of Long Beach
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Santa Monica
  • Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles
  • Contra Costa County
  • Crain and Associates
  • CSULB
  • Cyclehop LCC
  • Department of Airports, City of Los Angeles
  • East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
  • Garment District Alliance
  • Hatch ltd
  • Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
  • KOA Corporation
  • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
  • Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Los Angeles Department of City Planning
  • Luskin Center for Innovation
  • Metro
  • MidPen Housing Corporation
  • National League of Cities
  • Nelson/ Nygaard
  • PATH Ventures
  • People Assisting the Homeless Ventures
  • Public Health Department, Santa Clara County
  • RightWay Foundation
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Santa Clara University
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership
  • Stanley R. Hoffman Associates
  • Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Teska Associations, Inc.
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • UCLA

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 46% for private companies, 21% are working for the government, 23% are employed by the non-profit sector, 10% with public and educational institutions. 53% hold an entry-level position, 43% hold a mid-level position and 0% hold a senior-level position.



Location

85% of respondents are working in California, and 65% of those are located in Los Angeles County. The remaining 5% work in Washington D.C. and New York.

Annual Salary Range for 2016 Graduates


Industry/Policy Areas

The majority of recent graduates’ jobs are in the following fields:

  • Advocacy
  • Affordable Housing
  • Budget/Finance
  • Child and Family Services
  • Community Development
  • Consulting
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • Disabilities
  • Disaster/Emergency Management
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Employment/ Labor
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • Grant writing/ Fundraising City of Santa Monica
  • Housing
  • International Development
  • Land Use
  • Law
  • Media/Communications
  • National Security
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Poverty/Homelessness
  • Public Health
  • Real Estate Development
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Design

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 72% of recent graduates indicated that they found their current jobs through networking opportunities, including the Senior Fellows Program, networking with faculty, Luskin alumni and colleagues/professionals in the field. Additionally, 31% had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Another 36% discovered their position through online job searches.

UCLA Luskin Career Fair

Read more about the 2016 Career Fair.

The 2017 UCLA Luskin Career Fair will feature some of California’s and the nation’s most outstanding employers from the public, private and nonprofit world.  Employers will meet talented master’s students and alumni from the academic departments of Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning, along with the field of public health.  At the fair, employers will have the opportunity to share information about their organizations with potential applicants, discuss full-time, part-time and internship opportunities, collect resumes from graduating master’s students and network with other employers in the public, private and non-profit sectors.  Luskin Career Fair 2017 date to be announced.

For Employers and Recruiters

UCLA Luskin Career Services offers employers a variety of opportunities to connect with graduate students in the fields of Public Policy, Social Welfare and Urban Planning.

Recruit UCLA Luskin students
To advertise an employment posting to UCLA Luskin graduate students and alumni, we invite you to post the position online. Career Services maintains a searchable online employment database that features full- and part-time jobs and internships. Go to CareerView to post the position online.

As part of their studies, master’s students in Urban Planning and Public Policy complete a capstone project called an Applied Planning Research Project or Applied Policy Project. These arrangements give outside organizations access to professional quality policy analysis at low cost while students gain valuable experience putting their analytic skills into action.

Career information sessions and on-campus interviews give hiring managers and recruiters that are looking to hire UCLA Luskin students a chance to come to campus to share information about current projects and/or job openings and to provide insight into their organization’s hiring process.  Contact VC Powe at powe@luskin.ucla.edu for more information.

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vc-powe_5241264893_o_eVC Powe
Director, Career Services and Leadership Development
(310) 206-4776
careers@luskin.ucla.edu
3260 Public Affairs Building
337 Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095