UCLA Luskin Career Services and Leadership Development Programs staff holistically support graduate students in the departments of public policy, social welfare, and urban planning. We offer a wide range of services including: 1-1 career counseling, a comprehensive job board and newsletter, innovative and relevant career development workshops and programs, internship and career fairs, topical and affinity based networking events, paid fellowships, and civic engagement opportunities. We take a culturally responsive approach when offering resources and guidance as you develop your professional values and brand, explore possible career trajectories, apply best practices in job search, learn to present your best and authentic professional self in interviews, strategically negotiate salaries, and succeed in your future professional roles.

Opportunities

Career Destinations

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 2022 survey, which is 6 months after they graduated.  Among the graduating class, 32 completed the survey

Percentage Employed

71% of 2021 Public Policy graduates who responded to the survey are employed full or part time at:

• Acumen LLC
• Beverages and More
• Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
• California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
• California Department of Finance
• California Department of Housing and Community Development
• Center for Global Sustainability – University of Maryland at College Park
• Common Cause
• Delta-EE
• Emas Herbs
• Entertain Impact
• Expeditors
• Institute of Finance and Sustainability
• Jennifer Brown Consulting, Castillo Consulting Partners
• Los Angeles County Dept of Health Services, Office of Diversion & Reentry
• National Association for Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP)
• O’Reilly Public Relations
• Summit Consulting Group
• 17 Asset Management
• Texas Jail Project
• UCLA Law


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.

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 2021 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 2022 survey, which is 6 months after they graduated. Among the graduating cohort 47 completed the survey.

Percentage Employed

72% of Social Welfare 2022 graduates who responded to the survey are employed full or part-time at:

      • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
      • Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (APAIT)
      • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers (APCTC)
      • Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI)
      • The Bucket List Project Foundation
      • Cedars Sinai Medical Center
      • Center for Court Innovation
      • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
      • County of Orange Health Care Agency
      • Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
      • Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center
      • Dignity Health-California Hospital Medical Center
      • Eagle Rock Therapy
      • El Rancho Unified School District (ERUSD)
      • Healthright 360
      • Keany Associates
      • LA County Dept. of Public Health Office of Violence Prevention
      • LAUSD
      • LA County Dept. of Health Services, Office of Diversion & Reentry
      • Masada Homes
      • Miracle Mile Law Group
      • The National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
      • NICOS Chinese Health Coalition
      • Oak Grove Center
      • Oregon State University
      • Pacific Clinics
      • Pain Psychology Center
      • Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center
      • Santa Monica College
      • Sunrise Therapy Center
      • Telecare
      • UCLA Asian American Studies Center
      • UCLA Luskin Social Welfare – Doctoral Program
      • UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
      • Veteran Affairs
      • West LA VA Medical Center

Sector and Position Level

Job Titles

Job Titles for the Class of 2021:

      • ASW
      • ASW Therapist
      • Behavioral Health Clinician I
      • Case Management Coordinator/Psychotherapist
      • Children’s Social Worker
      • Clinical Social Worker
      • Clinical Social Worker II
      • Clinical therapist/case manager
      • FSP Adult Therapist
      • Health Educator
      • Health Science Specialist
      • Infant Therapist & Behaviorist
      • Intensive Care Coordinator
      • Medical Social Worker
      • Med-Surg Social Worker
      • Mental Health Clinician
      • Mental Health Counselor
      • Mental Health Therapist
      • MPH Administrative Director
      • PhD Student
      • Psychiatric Social Worker
      • Psychiatric Social Worker I
      • Psychotherapist I
      • Research & Evaluation Coordinator
      • Research & Policy Analyst
      • Social Worker, Alternatives to Incarceration
      • Staff Research Associate I
      • Therapist
      • Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment Specialist And Data Manager

Salary Range

Industry/Policy Area

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.

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 2021 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 January 2022 survey, which is 6 months after they graduated. Among a graduating cohort, 39 completed the survey.

Percentage employed

95% of Urban Planning 2021 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.

Contact Us

Kevin Medina (he/they)
Director of Career Services
(310) 794-5987
kmedina@luskin.ucla.edu 

Kevin oversees the Luskin Career Center’s: policies, strategic planning, budget, assessment, people management, partnerships with current and potential employers, internship sites, and vendors, administration of yearlong and summer fellowships, and career development and civic engagement programming. Kevin also provides career coaching for Luskin graduate students. He has worked at the nexus of education and social change in a variety of different roles since 2010. Kevin holds a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Social Welfare from UCLA and a Bachelor of Social Ecology with an Education Minor from UC Irvine. Kevin identifies as a queer Latinx first generation professional who is passionate about advancing positive social change for historically underserved and underrepresented populations. In his spare time, Kevin performs with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, conducts hate crime data analysis for Los Angeles County, consults with organizations on LGBTQ allyship, and spends too much time going to concerts, traveling, cooking/eating plant-based foods, exercising, and playing PokemonGO and Genshin Impact.

Nael Rogers (they/them)
Student Support Coordinator
(310) 206-3207
naelrogers@luskin.ucla.edu

Nael is an U.S. Army Veteran and Chicago native, where they completed both a M.A. and B.A. in English Literature at Chicago State University. They are currently a PhD student at Claremont Graduate University, where they are studying 20th century American Literature with a focus on the Grotesque, and they hold both a certificate in Africana Studies and Gender Studies. As the Student Support Coordinator for the Luskin School, it is their hope to ensure that underrepresented student populations understand and receive the vast number of resources available to help them succeed here at UCLA. As a trans non-binary person of color, building community where students can commune in safe spaces is important to them. When Nael is not working or studying, they enjoy singing, writing, and playing with their Aussiedoodle, Sunni.