Do you have a project that could use the help of a talented MCP student? The department is soliciting ideas for internships and capstone projects for our current cohort. As you know, the summer internship provides a key avenue for professional development and is a critical source of income for the students. And, it serves as an important opportunity for students to connect to other planners and learn what paths are open to them when they graduate. Unfortunately, many employers have been postponing or electing not to hire interns this coming summer due to the coronavirus crisis.
If you have a project and even modest capacity to take on a student, we want to hear from you! There are many different options for helping out, depending on your organization’s resources and capacity:
Offer a part-time or full-time paid internship: If your organization has a project that would benefit from the help of an amazing MCP student, please consider offering an internship for this summer (even if the work is completed remotely). While paid internships are ideal (especially given the high cost of living in the Bay Area), we encourage you to submit an internship idea even if you don’t currently have resources to commit for the summer.
Sponsor a Client Report: As you may remember, MCP students prepare a client or professional report as the final requirement for the MCP degree. The report, which is undertaken for an outside client under the supervision of a faculty member, provides an opportunity for students to research and report on real-world planning issues. If you have a project that a student could work on (with a completion date of Spring 2021), please consider serving as a client. If you can pay the student for the CR, however modestly, that can make a significant difference in a student’s financial well-being. However, some students will work on a CR without compensation, if the opportunity strongly aligns with their professional goals.
Volunteer to be a Mentor: We are working to develop a mentoring program for current students. If your organization can’t commit to working with a student at this time, please let us know if you would be interested in participating in a mentorship program. Even if you feel like you’re only a year or two out, you have a lot of experience about the job search and can serve as an important sounding board for current students.
Please fill out this form if you are interested in helping out, and we also encourage you to forward this email to others in your organization who may be interested in supporting DCRP students.
Please feel free to contact Clayton Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.