How do you get your feet wet in Urban Policy?
October 6, 2007 4:19 PM Subscribe
I'm pondering a graduate program in Urban Policy at the New School. I'm wondering where to get my feet wet. As always, more inside.
posted by GilloD to Education (7 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After my Peace Corps service I'll be eligible for a Fellows program. Most of the Fellows-associated programs are in community development, politics or ag, but there's one in particular in "Urban Policy". I've been interested in city development and public space issues for years so it seems like a good direction to head in. My fiancee is a graduate student enrolled in a PC Master's International program for Community Development, so our interests overlap nicely.
I did some homework and selected some texts to see if this was at all my thing and I've been devouring it ever since. I've been cruising through the Andres Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Jeff Speck book, Suburban Nation, as well as The New Urbanist Charter and A Pattern Language. I've picked up some Witold Rybczynski books for context and I've started on Jane Jacobs and Margret Kohn, etc etc. I've been just trying to get a feel for what the problems are with current planning, where they stem from, yadda yadda. And I adore it.
But to make myself more attractive to a program I'm hoping to get a little bit of experience, even if it's as a gofer or photocopy dude at an office. My fiancee and I will be living in Milwaukee for about 6-8 months before deployment and I was hoping to fill some of that time with some actual on the ground experience.
So the Q: Where do you go for that sort of thing? Who should I be calling? Is it unusual to intern in this field?
Bonus Q: If you've been through the program at the New School, what do you make of it? I've been in touch with them, but I'm always on the hunt for other opinions.