Selected Resources

The resources below are a combination of general industry information as well as specific job and internship posting sites for this industry.

Many private firm positions in urban planning will pop up at one of the sites below, but most governmental planning positions are posted only at the various city, county and state websites and aren't aggregated in a single location.

  • Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU): Leading organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions. Job postings are available on this site. 
  • Planetizen: A public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design and development community. Has a job board. 

Selected Professional Associations

A professional association is an organization of people who have similar career interests. These membership-based organizations often offer a reduced rate for students that allow access to the many resources they provide. Professional association websites can also offer job/internship databases as well as opportunities to find mentors or other contacts.

  • American Institute of Architects: Based in DC, the AIA has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners since 1857. 
  • American Planning Association: Brings together practicing planners, citizens and elected officials committed to making great communities happen. 
  • Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR): Since 1990, ADPSR has focused much of its effort on ecologically and socially responsible development. The New York and Chicago chapters have been offering non-partisan forums on various aspects of community development, with particular attention given to preserving a balanced ecology and social and economic equity. 
  • Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP): A consortium of university-based programs offering credentials in urban and regional planning. 
  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA): The national professional association for landscape architects, representing 17,000 members in 48 professional chapters and 68 student chapters.
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB): The sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture in the United States. 
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB): NCARB members are the architectural registration boards of the 50 states, DC and three U.S. territories (Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each registration board has state-appointed public and professional members as well as an administrator. 
  • National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA): Promotes the quality and excellence of minority design professionals, has chapters in all parts of the country, increasing recognition on colleges and university campuses and providing greater access to government policymakers. 
  • New York Society of ­Architects: This organization comprised of licensed architects and construction professionals who are intricately involved in the design and construction world of New York City, sees its role as THE link between all construction professionals, while providing a wide range of services to professionals, students and potential clients. 
  • Society of Architectural Historians: This nonprofit membership organization and learned society promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide. The Society's 3,500 members include architectural historians, architects, preservationists, students, professionals in allied fields and the interested public.