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 2017 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 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 June 2018 survey, which is one year after they graduated.  Among a graduating cohort of 54 students, 40 completed the survey resulting in a 74% response rate.

Percentage Employed

95% of 2017 Public Policy graduates who responded to the survey are employed full-or part-time at organizations such as:

  • Advancement Project California
  • Center for American Progress
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Oakland
  • County of Los Angeles
  • Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
  • First 5 LA
  • Houston Galveston Area Council/Gulf Coast Workforce Board
  • ICANN
  • John Muir Health
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Mathematica Policy Research
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries in Japan
  • Ministry of Transportation (Japanese Government)
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative
  • San Diego County
  • San Diego County Fire Authority
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • Southwestern Community College District
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Tulsa Public Schools
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
  • UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation
  • S. Government Accountability Office (U.S. GAO)
  • University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Volunteers of America, Los Angeles

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 71% work in public agencies, 23% work for non-profit organizations and 6% secured jobs in the private sector. 57% hold a mid-level position and 43% hold an entry-level position.


Location

73% of respondents work in California.  Of that percentage, 77% work in Los Angeles and the rest work in San Francisco/Bay Area.  The remaining 27% worked out of state and internationally in locations such as Japan, Washington, DC, Oklahoma, Texas, and Washington.


Salary Range


Industry/Policy Areas

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

  • Advocacy
  • Affordable housing
  • Child Welfare Policy
  • Civil Rights Policy and Advocacy
  • Data analytics
  • Education
  • Employment/Labor
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • Healthcare
  • Immigration
  • International Development/International Affairs
  • International Trade
  • Internet Policy
  • Law
  • Media/Communications
  • Philanthropy
  • Poverty/Homelessness
  • Research
  • Transportation

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 57% 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, 17% had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Another 20% discovered their position through online job searches.

Social Welfare Class of 2017 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 June 2018 survey, which is one year after they graduated. Among the graduating cohort of 103 students, 37 completed the survey resulting in a 36% response rate.

Percentage Employed

100% of Social Welfare 2017 graduates who responded to the survey are employed full- or part-time at organizations such as:

  • Alameda County Social Services
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Cedars Sinai
  • Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
  • Community Coalition
  • County of San Luis Obispo
  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • Daegu Catholic University
  • Didi Hirsch
  • Encino Hospital Medical Center
  • Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic
  • Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
  • Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
  • Los Angeles Unified School District
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Madera County Department of Social Services
  • Monte Nido & Affiliates
  • Social Work Professionals
  • Joseph Center
  • Step Up on Second
  • The People Concern
  • UCLA
  • UCLA Semel Institute- National Center for Child Traumatic Stress
  • UCLA Sustainable LA Grand Challenge
  • VIP Community Mental Health Center
  • Volunteers of America Los Angeles

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 59% work in the public sector, 31% secured jobs in non-profit organizations, and 10% are employed in the private sector. Nearly 3% hold a senior-level position, 42% hold a mid-level position, and 55% hold an entry-level position.


Location

97% of the respondents are working in California and 86% of those are located in Los Angeles County. The remaining work in Alameda, Madera, and San Luis Obispo.


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
  • Grant writing/Fundraising
  • Healthcare
  • Poverty/Homelessness
  • Social Welfare/Social Work

How They Located Their Positions

Approximately 35% of recent graduates had an internship during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job.  Additionally, 35% 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 30% discovered their position through online job searches.

Urban Planning Class of 2017 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 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 2018 survey, which is one year after they graduated. Among a graduating cohort of 67 students, 45 completed the survey resulting in a 67% response rate.

Percentage employed

98% of Urban Planning 2017 graduates who responded to this survey are employed full-time at organizations such as:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alameda County Transportation Commission
  • Bunt & Associates Engineering
  • CDM Smith
  • City & County of San Francisco
  • City of Los Angeles
  • City of Los Angeles Department of City Planning
  • City of Santa Monica
  • City of Vancouver
  • City of Walnut Creek
  • City of West Hollywood
  • Community design + architecture
  • Community HousingWorks
  • Conservation Natural Resources Group
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Estolano LeSar Advisors
  • Fehr & Peers
  • Francl Architecture
  • Harvey Rose Associates
  • KOA Corporation
  • Kounkuey Design Initiative
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
  • Los Angeles Department of Transportation
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office
  • Lyft/ Independent Contractor
  • Meta Housing
  • MIG, Inc.
  • PlaceWorks
  • Shute, Mihaly, & Weinberger LLP
  • Transportation Management & Design
  • UC Riverside School of Public Policy
  • UCLA
  • Watershed Conservation Authority
  • WNC & Associates

Sector and Position Level

Approximately 46% are working in the public sector, 42% for private companies and 12% are employed by non-profit organizations. 65% hold an entry-level position, 32% hold a mid-level position, and 3% hold a senior-level position.


Location

86% of the respondents are working in California and 64% of those are located in Los Angeles Country.  The remaining 14% are working out-of-state in Alabama and Washington and internationally in Canada.


Salary Range


Industry/Policy Areas

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

  • Architecture
  • Affordable housing
  • Community Development
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Environmental/Sustainability/Energy
  • Government (Federal, State, Local)
  • Housing
  • Land Use
  • Research
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urban Planning

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, 17% had an interview during their Master’s program that transitioned into a full-time job. Another 43% 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

Individual Advising Appointments
Masters students can make individual appointments with any career counselor for career guidance and exploration, job or internship searches, resume and cover letter critiques, mock interviews, and other career-related topics.  PhD students looking to explore academic and non-academic careers should meet with Emily.

To book an appointment:

1. Select the calendar for the counselor you want to meet with.

VC’s calendar

Emily’s calendar

2. Select the time/day and complete the appointment booking with your name and topics that you would like to discuss such as resume, internship search. 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

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

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.

Signature Events

Job and Internship Fair
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 4-7pm, Ackerman Grand Ballroom

This year’s career fair will focus on employers from the public affairs, government agencies and non-profit sectors that have job, fellowship, and internship opportunities. Read more about the 2018 Career Fair.


Alumni Career Connections
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4-7pm, Ackerman Grand Ballroom

This fast-paced networking event provides student-to-alumni mini informational interviews set in a speed-dating format. Graduate students should be prepared to ask questions about how alumni 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.  Read more about the 2018 Alumni Career Connection.

Contact Us

VC Powe
Director, Career Services and Leadership Development
(310) 206-4776
powe@luskin.ucla.edu

Emily Le
Career Counselor
(310) 794-4747
ele@luskin.ucla.edu

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