Cultivating leaders and change agents

Graduates of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs are prepared to effect positive change in programs and organizations intended to encourage a just and sustainable society.  We cultivate leaders and change agents who advance solutions to society’s most pressing problems.

The team in Career Services provides a wide range of services to promote career readiness, evaluate core competencies, prepare graduate students for the employment market, and link them to internship and career opportunities – enabling them to compete successfully in an increasingly competitive job.  Students graduate with a professional demeanor, a proactive approach to solving problems, and a positive outlook to succeed in public affairs.

Career Destinations

Over 95% of Luskin graduates are employed after their first year out.

Public Policy Class of 2019 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, researchers, and policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The following survey results provide information and statistics regarding where our Class of 2019 Public Policy graduates are working, their salary ranges, the policy issues they are tackling and how they found their current jobs. The data below is from the January 2020 survey, which is 6 months after they graduated.  Among the graduating class, 38 completed the survey

Percentage Employed

100% of 2019 Public Policy graduates who responded to the survey are employed full or part time at:

  • ABC Life Literacy
  • Cal Poly Pomona
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California State Auditor
  • Chapman University
  • City of Los Altos
  • Climate Resolve
  • Collaborating for Resilience
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of State
  • East LA College
  • ECORP Consulting, Inc.
  • Grid Alternatives
  • Harvard Kennedy Government Performance Lab
  • Hospital of the University of Pennslyvania
  • LA County Department of Health Services
  • LA County Women & Girls Initiative
  • LA County County Office of Diversion and Reentry
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)
  • Los Angeles City Council
  • Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Los Angeles LGBT Center
  • Los Angeles Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Ministry of Industry and Technology (Turkey)
  • Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism (Japan)
  • NALEO Education Fund
  • The Oakland Institute
  • South Coast Conservatory
  • SSG Research and Evaluation
  • US Army
  • UC Mercend Public Health
  • United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 26% work in public agencies, 37% work for non-profit organizations, 34% work for the government, and 3% secured jobs in the private sector. 55% hold a mid-level position and 45% hold an entry-level position.


Location

71% of respondents work in California.  Of that percentage, 63% work in Los Angeles and the rest work in Orange County, San Francisco/Bay Area, Sacramento,  Merced, and San Diego County.  The remaining 29% worked out of state and internationally in locations such as New York, Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Houston, Japan, Canada, and Turkey.


Salary Range


Industry/Policy Areas

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

  • Advocacy
  • Affordable housing
  • Budget/Finance
  • Community Development
  • Consulting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Data analytics
  • Economic Development
  • Education
  • Employment/Labor
  • Environmental/Sustainability
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • GIS
  • Government & Community Relations
  • Grantwriting/Fundraising
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • International Development/International Affairs
  • Media/Communications
  • Mental Health/Criminal Justice
  • National Security
  • Non-profit Management
  • Poverty/Homelessness
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy/Government Accountability
  • Research
  • Transportation

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 35% of graduates surveyed indicated they found their current jobs through networking opportunities, including Senior Fellows Program and networking with faculty, Luskin alumni, and colleagues/professionals in the field.  Additionally, 47% discovered their position through online job searches. Another 9% had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job.

Social Welfare Class of 2019 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, researchers, and policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The following survey results provide information and statistics regarding where our Class of 2017 Social Welfare graduates are working, their salary ranges, the policy issues they are tackling and how they found their current jobs. The data below is from the January 2020 survey, which is 6 months after they graduated. Among the graduating cohort 51 completed the survey.

Percentage Employed

90% of Social Welfare 2019 graduates who responded to the survey are employed full or part-time at:

  • Asian Pacific Counseling & Treatment Centers
  • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
  • Children and Family Services
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
  • Children’s Receiving Home
  • City of Pomona
  • Community Coalition
  • County of Ventura Children and Family Services
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • Family Health Centers of San Diego
  • Hoag Hospital Newport Beach
  • Institute for Justice Research and Development
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH)
  • Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND)
  • Partners in Care Foundation
  • Providence St. John’s Children and Family Development Center
  • San Diego Youth Services
  • South Central Family Health Center
  • Special Service for Groups, Inc (SSG)
  • SSG-APCTC (Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers)
  • Swedish Medical Center Seattle
  • The People Concern
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Health
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • Wellnest
  • West Valley Counseling Center

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 59% work in the public sector, 39% secured jobs in non-profit organizations, and 2% are employed in the private sector. Over 2% hold a senior-level position, 42% hold a mid-level position, and 56% hold an entry-level position.

Job Titles

Job Titles for the Class of 2019:

  • Associate Clinical Social Worker
  • Child Welfare Social Worker
  • Children’s Social Worker II
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • Clinical Social Worker I & II
  • Clinical Therapist
  • Consultant
  • CSW II
  • Domiciliary Social Worker
  • Graduate Fellow
  • LAUSD Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) Counselor
  • Medical Case Worker
  • Medical Social Worker
  • Mental Health Specialist
  • Prevention Manager
  • Program Manager
  • Psychiatric Counselor
  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Re-Entry Program Specialist
  • Research and Development Associate
  • Senior Development Associate
  • Social Service Practitioner
  • Social Worker
  • Specialized Student Populations Counselor
  • Therapist
  • Therapist I – Bilingual
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Transplant Social Worker
  • UCLA Staff Research Associate II Supervisor

Salary Range


Industry/Policy Area

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

  • Child and Family Services
  • Counseling/Therapy
  • Drug/Substance Abuse
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Poverty/Homelessness
  • Research
  • Social Welfare/Social Work

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 32% of recent graduates had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job.  Additionally, 39% 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 18% discovered their position through online job searches.

Urban Planning Class of 2019 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, researchers, and policymakers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors. The following survey results provide information and statistics regarding where our Class of 2019 Urban Planning graduates are working, their salary ranges, the policy issues they are tackling and how they found their current jobs. The data below is from the June 2019 survey, which is 6 months after they graduated. Among a graduating cohort, 55 completed the survey.

Percentage employed

92% of Urban Planning 2019 graduates who responded to this survey are employed part or full time at:

  • A Community of Friends
  • AECOM
  • Alta Planning
  • Brilliant Corners
  • CalBike (California Bicycle Coalition
  • Chattel, Inc.
  • City of Albuquerque
  • City of Los Angeles
  • city LAB UCLA
  • Connectics Transportation Group
  • Dudek
  • East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice
  • Estolano Advisors
  • Fehr & Peers
  • Gensler
  • Here LA
  • Japan International Cooperation Agency
  • Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • Kearns and West
  • Kittelson & Associates
  • Liberty Hill Foundation
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Los Angeles City Planning Department
  • National Nurses United
  • NeighborWorks America
  • Nelson/Nygaard
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Pacoima Beautiful
  • PlaceWorks
  • Populus
  • The Ramsay Group
  • Shared Use Mobility Center
  • SCAG (Southern California Association of Governments)
  • Toole Design
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Asian American Studies Center
  • UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS)
  • UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
  • Water Education for Latino Leaders

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 44% work in the private sector, 28% are working in the public sector, and 28% are employed by non-profit organizations. 62% hold an entry-level position, 38% hold a mid-level position.


Government Sector

Of those who are employed by government agencies, 33% work at the city level, 27% at the regional level, 20% at the state level, 17% at the county level, and 3% work at a non-US government agency.


Salary Range


Industry/Policy Areas

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

  • Advocacy
  • Architecture
  • Affordable housing
  • Community Development
  • Consulting
  • Environmental/Sustainability/Energy
  • GIS
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Non-profit Management
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 48% 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, 17% had an internship/fellowship transitioned into a full-time job. Another 30% discovered their position through online job searches.

Sample Selection of Internship Placements

Luskin graduate students secure outstanding internship assignments that integrate knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional environment.  Students acquire valuable applied experience and make connections in career fields they are considering.  Employers provide training and help develop their professional networks.

  • ACLU of Northern California
  • Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • American Planning Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Amigos de los Rios
  • California Charter Schools Association
  • California Department of Finance
  • California Home Builders
  • Capital Fellows Program
  • Capital One
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • City of Chicago
  • City of Culver City, Transportation Department
  • City of Dublin
  • City of Long Beach
  • City of Oakland Department of Transportation
  • City of Santa Monica
  • City of West Hollywood
  • Climate Resolve
  • County of Marin
  • Education Pioneers
  • ELP Advisors
  • Environmental Defense Fund
  • Fehr & Peers
  • Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
  • HR&A Advisors Inc.
  • Jamboree Housing Corporation
  • Kimberlina Whettam & Associates
  • Kittelson @ Associates
  • Kounkuey Design Institute
  • L.A Food Policy Council
  • LA Metro
  • Liberty Hill Foundation
  • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
  • Los Angeles Business Council
  • Los Angeles City Council
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor’s Office
  • Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Los Angeles Office of the Mayor
  • Microsoft – D.C.
  • National Center for State Courts
  • National Park Service
  • OC Public Works
  • Partnership for Los Angeles Schools
  • Post Authority of New York & New Jersey
  • Prevention Institute
  • RAND Corporation
  • Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation
  • Saban Community Clinic
  • Santa Monica Office of Sustainability
  • Southern California Association of Governments
  • Stantec Consulting
  • The Advancement Group
  • The Clinton Foundation
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • U.S. Office of Management and Budget
  • Urban Land Institute Los Angeles
  • US Department of Commerce
  • US Government Accountability Office
  • White House Fellows Program
  • World Trade Center, Los Angeles

Opportunities

Career Services for Luskin Graduate Students

UCLA Luskin is dedicated to the professional development of its graduate 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. Career Services offers the following services throughout the academic year.

Counseling Appointments

All appointments are currently being conducted by Zoom or phone.

APPOINTMENTS

Make a 30 minute appointment for career guidance and exploration, resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, and other career-related topics.

Although our counselors can advise students from all three departments, they have specialty areas as noted below.

To book an appointment:

1. Select the calendar for the counselor you want to meet with. For the first meeting, it is recommended that you select two back-to-back 30 minute appointments.

Any Student

VC Powe – Contact to set up an appointment: powe@luskin.ucla.edu

Public Policy Students & Urban Planning Students

Caroline’s calendar

Social Welfare & Urban Planning & International Students

Donna Lee Oda – Contact to set up an appointment: dleeoda@luskin.ucla.edu

2. Select the time/day and include information on what you would like to discuss, e.g.  resume or cover letter review, internship and job search, interviewing, etc.

Note: New appointments are added on a weekly basis so please check back if you don’t see any immediate availability.

Professional Development Opportunities

Career Advisors Network

The Career Advisors Network helps students connect with UCLA Luskin alumni and professionals in their fields of interest. Our alumni want to help guide your career and give you tips to secure internships and consider career positions. Create a profile and get matched with alumni who share your interests. Sign up for different consultations, watch free webinars and talk to alumni who want to talk to you!

Log in to the Luskin Career Advisors Network.

Professional Development Workshop Series
Professional Development workshops provide an overview of resume and cover letter writing, developing a professional network, preparing for interviews and conducting a salary negation. For more personalized feedback, students may make individual appointments for resume reviews or mock interviews.

International Practice Pathway
The goal of the International Practice Pathway is to prepare students to work with local and global under-served populations by providing cross-disciplinary education in such international issues as urban planning, social welfare, public policy, economics, administration, public health, and environmental sciences. It also trains practitioners who are qualified to work in diverse settings by providing hands-on experience in research and practice in international resource-poor settings.  Visit the International Practice Pathway page for more information.

Networking Opportunities

Join our School of Public Affairs Linkedin Group

Employer Information Sessions/On-Campus Recruitment
Hiring managers and recruiters that are looking to hire UCLA Luskin graduate students for full-time positions or internships are invited to campus to share information about their current job openings and to provide insight into their organization’s hiring process. Students are invited to submit resumes directly to recruiters. Organizations that have recruited at UCLA Luskin in recent years include the Office of Management and Budget, Education Pioneers, Fehr and Peers, City of Santa Monica, Pacific Clinics, California State Auditor, Parsons Brinkerhoff and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Alumni Career Panels
UCLA Luskin alumni oftentimes return to campus to share specialized skills or areas of expertise with current Luskin students. Topics of recent career panels include Careers in Transportation, Long Beach Management Training, Capital Fellows, Careers in Education Policy, Careers in Social Welfare, and Environmental Sustainability.

Alumni Career Connections
The Alumni Career Connections events provide student-to-alumni mini informational interviews set in a speed-dating format. Students come prepared to ask questions about how alumni apply their experience and education to current positions, the current state of their career field, advancement opportunities in the organization, and how they have achieved success in their career fields.

Job and Internship Fair
Our career fair brings together Public Affairs employers from public, nonprofit, and government sectors that have job and internship opportunities. The fair provides an opportunity for students to make personal connections with hiring managers and ask questions.

Additional Career Resources

Additional Career Resources at UCLA
Students are encouraged to take advantage of other resources on campus including the UCLA Career Center, Handshake, Graduate Student Resource Center, and Graduate Writing Center, all of which offer workshops, programs, and advising for graduate students.

Career Advisors Network

The Career Advisors Network helps current graduate students connect with UCLA Luskin alumni and professionals in their fields of interest. Our alumni want to help guide your career and give you tips to secure internships and consider career positions. Create a profile and get matched with alumni who share your interests. Sign up for different consultations, watch free webinars and talk to alumni who want to talk to you!

Questions?
Check out our FAQs page or email careerservices@luskin.ucla.edu

Signature Events

Fall Internship Fair

Employers from the public affairs, government agencies and non-profit sectors who want to hire graduate student interns starting in January are invited to participate.


Spring Career Fair and Alumni Networking Event

Employers offering full-time job and internship opportunities are invited to participate. Networking sessions of student-to-alumni mini informational interviews set in a speed-dating format will also be offered. Graduate students can meet with employers to discuss opportunities and share their resumes.  Then they will have the opportunity to meet with alumni to ask questions about how they apply their experience and education to current positions, the current state of their career field, advancement opportunities available at their organization, and how they have achieved success in their career fields.

Contact Us

VC Powe
Executive Director, External Programs and Career Services
(310) 206-4776
powe@luskin.ucla.edu

Donna Lee Oda
Career Counselor
(310) 794-4747
dleeoda@luskin.ucla.edu

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Caroline Lee
Career Counselor
(310) 794-5987
clee@luskin.ucla.edu