About Us

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

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

56% of June 2016 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
  • Central Japan Railway Company
  • City of Long Beach
  • Department of Energy & Environment
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Gibbs Law Group LLP
  • Leadership for Educational Equity
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan
  • Ministry Economy, Trade and Industry
  • Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
  • Ministry of Environment, Japan
  • Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare
  • Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, Japan
  • New Sector Alliance
  • PwC
  • Rand Corporation
  • The Japanese Government
  • Triage Consulting Group
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Department of Chicano Studies

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 53% work for the government, 23% secured jobs in the private sector, 10% work for an educational institution and more than 6% work for public and nonprofit companies. 76% hold a mid-level position, 20% hold an entry-level position and 4% hold a senior-level position.



Location

53% of respondents will be working in Japan. The remaining 47 % work in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Oakland.

Annual Salary Range for 2016 Graduates


Industry/Policy Areas

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

  • Local Government
  • International
  • Environmental/Sustainability/Energy
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Economic development
  • Disaster/Emergency Relief
  • Transportation

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 40% 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, 34% had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Another 26% discovered their position through online job searches and departmental listserv.

Social Welfare Class of 2016 Employment Survey Results

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

25% of the June 2016 graduates are employed full- or part-time at organizations such as:

  • Aspire Public Schools
  • Child and Family Guidance Center
  • doTerra International
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
  • Mentis
  • Para Los Niños
  • UCLA TIES for Families
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 45% work for the government, 24% secured jobs in nonprofit companies, 21% are employed by the public sector, 7% with private companies and 3% work for educational institutions. 54% hold a mid-level position, 46% hold an entry-level position.



Location

100% of respondents are working in California, and 54% of those are located in Los Angeles County. The remaining work in Huntington Park, Northridge, Palmdale and Napa.

Annual Salary Range for 2016 Graduates


Industry/Policy Area

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

  • Social Welfare/Social Work
  • Child and Family Services
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Public Health

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 67% of recent graduates had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Additionally, 21% 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 12% discovered their position through online job searches.

Urban Planning Class of 2016 Employment Survey Results

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

42% of the June 2016 graduates are employed full- or part-time at organizations such as:

  • AECOM
  • Aleshire & Wynder, LPP
  • Alliance for Community Transit –LA
  • City of Long Beach
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City  of Santa Monica
  • Crain and Associates
  • CSULB
  • Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Los Angeles Department of City Planning
  • People Assisting the Homeless Ventures
  • RightWay Foundation
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanley R. Hoffman Associates
  • Urban Land Institute
  • WSP l Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • UCLA

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 38% for private companies, 24% are working for the government, 18% are employed by the nonprofit sector, 10% with public and educational institutions. 52% hold an entry-level position, 44% hold a mid-level position,  and 4% hold a senior-level position.



Location

90% of respondents are working in California, and 63% of those ate located in Los Angeles County. The remaining 10% 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:

  • Urban Planning
  • Transportation
  • Land Use
  • GIS
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • Research
  • Affordable Housing
  • Environment/Sustainability/Energy

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 62% 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 19% 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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Contact Us

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