Career Resources for Alumni

Luskin alumni can use CareerView free of charge to browse our exclusive online job database for professional opportunities for Public Policy, Social Welfare, and Urban Planning graduates. If you do not already have an account, click here to register.

In addition, the UCLA Career Center also offers services to all UCLA alumni.

  • Recent graduates will receive three (3) months of continued services after their last academic term.  For example, if you graduate in June, you will enjoy the full benefits of the Career Center through September. This includes counseling appointments, workshops, and access to career fairs and information sessions. You may also apply for and participate in On-Campus Interviews (OCI).
  • In your first year as an alumnus/alumna, you will have free access to “Handshake for Alumni.” After your first year, a six month subscription option is available.

Alumni Employment Data

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.

Get Involved as Alumni Career Leaders

Calling all Luskin Alumni! Sign up to be an Alumni Career Leader.

  • Participate in alumni career panels
  • Connect 1:1 with students
  • Participate in the annual Alumni Career Connection networking event

Contact VC Powe to sign up!

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