Professional Development

Get the degree, get the job. 
One of UPPSA's key goals is to assist in the professional development of our students. Our APA-Illinois and Alumni Relations student representatives help connect MUPPs to alumni and practitioners, and one of our primary functions is administering a reimbursement program to help send students the APA conferences. We appointment curriculum representatives to make sure faculty hear about the types of skills and classes students would like in the program. And we assist the UPP department in planning and promoting events that prepare students for internship and job interviews.

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Spring 2017 Professional Development Series

Friday, February 10
UPPSA Headshot Event, 3:00PM - 7:00PM in Room 262

For $10, get your professional headshot taken. With the Internship Connection and graduation coming around the corner, there's no better time to spruce up that LinkedIn profile. Registration is required and slots are limited. First come, first serve. Register online here.

Friday, February 10
UPPSA Professional Development Event, 4:00PM - 6:00PM in Room 110

Before or after your headshot is taken, learn about what to include (or not include) on your LinkedIn, as well as other professional development tips, to help you land the job! Presented by Cynthia C. Graham, Assistant Director of the UIC Office of Career Services. 

Friday, February 17

Marketing Your Work, 12:00PM - 1:15PM in Room 110
To help you get ready for the Internship Connection, learn how to present on different aspects of how to prepare work samples for interview situations, drawing on the coursework typically done by first year students. Presented by UPP faculty.

Tuesday, February 21
UPPSA Student Panel, 5:00PM - 6:15PM in BSB 140 (Before UPP505)

Learn from current 2nd year MUPPs about their internship experiences and some tips and tricks about the application/interview process, different internship sites, and more.

Thursday, February 23

APA-IL Annual Networking & Mentoring Event, 5:30 - 8:00 PM at Jak's Tap, 901 W. Jackson

Learn about how students and young professionals can be matched with APA-IL members to gain insight and advice about planning practice in the real world. Also, hear about the Program’s new feature this year– Coffee with a Mentor. Free to attend. RSVP here by Feb. 21.


Friday, March 3
CUPPA Alumni Career Event, Time TBA, Room 110

Our CUPPA Alumni will have a panel to speak about their internship experiences, their current professional development, and will also be reviewing resumes and conducting practice interviews.


Friday, March 17

UIC Urban Planning and Policy Internship Connection, 10:00AM - 4:00PM in SCE, 3rd Floor

Our annual Internship Connection is exclusively for MUPPS - first years and other students who have not completed their 300 hours of required internship credit. This is not a normal job fair. Internship and job descriptions will be released for student review, where students will later be able to submit their resume/cover letters/work samples and then sign up for in-person interviews with the organizations of their choice.

Friday, April 14

Negotiating Your Salary and Benefits, 4:00PM - 6:00PM in CUPPA 110

Moving into the professional world can be difficult, and many times negotiating a salary can be even harder. UPP professor Brenda Parker and representatives from UIC's Office of Career Services and Office of Financial Services will share tips and answer questions from students.