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1. IMPORTANT RESOURCES


DUSPCareers Resources: Other relevant resources:  

2. EVENTS


Upcoming DUSPCareers events:
  • Alumni/ae Forum on Careers in City Design & Development — Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm
  • Alumni/ae Forum on Careers in Transportation Planning — Tuesday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
  • Alumni/ae Forum on Careers in Environmental Planning — Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 pm
  • Tips for Virtual Interviewing: webinar with Tavi Sookhoo, DUSP's liaison at MIT CAPD — Monday, April 27 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  • Department of Energy Advanced Building Construction Initiative Info Session with Adam Hasz, MCP '18 — Date TBD
  • CRE DUSP Real Estate Virtual Career FairDate TBD

Upcoming MIT CAPD events:
  • Virtual Career Support Group for Graduate StudentsApril 20
  • Presentation SkillsApril 22
 

3. FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS

  • 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship — Deadline: April 17
  • 2020 Latino and Planning Division Student Scholarship *Deadline Extended* April 30
 

4. WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES, CALLS FOR PAPERS

  • Call for Abstracts: International Conference on Sustainable Development, send by May 1
  • Call for Papers: PLOS ONE "Cities As Complex Systems", send by July 3
 

5. FEATURED INTERNSHIPS


We are in the process of contacting multiple employers to understand how their recruiting processes are being impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.  We have established a new Summer '20 Opportunities forum on Plaza for opportunities that are going forward to the best of our knowledge. This forum is being updated with new info as we hear it.
Have a suggestion? Write us at dusp-careers@mit.edu.
 

6. FEATURED JOBS


You are strongly encouraged to apply for any advertised positions ASAP to avoid any potential hiring freezes that employers, particularly public sector employers might be facing in the near future.
  • Urban Planning/Geospatial Data Scientists for Urgent COVID-19 Response Work at Urban Footprint
  • Associate Developer at Pennrose — Boston, MA
  • Multiple Openings on International Climate Policy Research at US Department of State
  • Potential Project-based Analytics Work at IADB — REMOTE
 

7. PhD OPPORTUNITIES

  • Project Officer EIT Urban Mobility at Gent University — Belgium

General resources for PhD students – Check the following links for more information on useful resources to build up your career inside and outside of academia:

NEW SECTIONS!!


REMOTELY FUN

Interesting resources to enjoy while practicing social distancing:
  • 24 Hour Plays. Take the stage with 24 Hour Plays. Plays created and produced in 24 hours.
  • MoMA Is Now Offering Online Art Classes for Free. The classes cover contemporary to fashion to photography.
  • This Earth Week 2020 (April 15-22), UMass Boston will hold a series of virtual events. Talks include "The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis in the Age of COVID-19” by Christiana Figueres, architect of the Paris Climate Agreement, and “The Business Case for Clean Energy” by Surya Panditi, CEO of Enel X North America. Registration is required. Find specific dates, times, and details at the official site.
 

PLANNING IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Articles related to our discipline and community resources as we face this pandemic:
  • Join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council for two upcoming webinars on responding to COVID-19.
    • On Friday, April 17, at 11 am we’re talking about how municipal leaders and officials can support individuals and families experiencing food insecurity during the COVID crisis.
    • On Wednesday, April 22, at 2 pm join us for a discussion of the latest unemployment data, and what that could mean for affected workers’ ability to afford their housing costs. RSVP here.
  • Join the Center for Economic Democracy for the following virtual forum: From Pandemic to Power Building During COVID-19 – April 17, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Register here.
  • For those interested in mapping: "How to do Map Stuff: A Live Community Sharing Event" will take place online on April 29. Schedule information here.
  • Supporting Local Governments in a Shifting State LandscapeAPA's Catherine Hinshaw shares how the state advocacy environment has changed, and how a variety of state-level decisions are making online meetings possible.
  • World Resources Institute Webinar — Build Back Better: International Financial Institutions and COVID-19 on Thursday, April 16 from 9:00 am to 10:15 am ET
  • If you missed the American Planning Association webinar on "Keeping Planning Responsive During COVID-19" you can find the recording available here. Click on these links to access the webinar Power Point presentation and hand-outs on the Open Meeting Law, Public Records Law and Land Use Permitting.
  • How is COVID-19 affecting you? The American Planning Association wants to how is the pandemic affecting your community and your role as a planner? By taking this 10-minute survey you can give APA input to develop resources to meet their members' needs. Submit your response by April 17.
REMINDER: 
This is not a comprehensive listing!  
Visit Mary Jane Daly (online office hours), postings on Plaza, or the many external resources linked to in this digest to access all internships/fellowships/jobs.

2. Events


DUSPCareers EVENTS:


ALUMNI/AE FORUM ON CAREERS IN CITY DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm
Join DUSPCareers to meet--virtually--a panel of DUSP alumni/ae working in the field of city design and development. Hear about their career pathways and choices, together with their reflections on how their DUSP education helped them reach where they are now.
Invited alumni/ae panelists are:
  • Caitlin Cameron (MCP '12) — City of Portland, ME
  • Bonnie Campbell (MCP/SM '04) — Two Trees Management
  • Ryan Kiracofe (MCP '17) — RKG Associates
  • Alice Davis (MCP/SM '15) — Gensler
  • Anna Muessig (MCP '13) — Gehl
  • Riddhi Shah (MCP '18) — The Community Builders (TCB, Inc.)
  • Cristina Ungureanu (MCP '10) — RCH Studios
  • David Vega-Barachowitz (MCP '16) — WXY Studio (TBC)


ALUMNI/AE FORUM ON CAREERS IN TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Thursday, April 21 at 6:30 pm
Join DUSPCareers to meet--virtually--a panel of DUSP alumni/ae working in the field of transportation planning. Hear about their career pathways and choices, together with their reflections on how their DUSP education helped them reach where they are now.
Invited alumni/ae panelists are:
  • Catherine Vandaarwart — WMATA
  • Josh Schank — LA Metro
  • Eric Plosky — Volpe
  • Sarah Spicer — Seattle Dept. Of Transportation (TBC)
  • Kate Fichter — Mass DOT (TBC)


ALUMNI/AE FORUM ON CAREERS IN ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING

Thursday, April 23 at 6:30 pm
Join DUSPCareers to meet--virtually--a panel of DUSP alumni/ae working in the field of environmental policy and planning. Hear about their career pathways and choices, together with their reflections on how their DUSP education helped them reach where they are now.
Invited alumni/ae panelists are:
  • Catie Ferrara — NYCDCP
  • Jainey Bavishi — NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
  • Molly Mowery — Wildfire Planning International
  • Sharlene Leurig — Texas Water Trade
  • Melissa Higbee — City of San Francisco (TBC)
  • Ryan Cook — Energy Trust of Oregon (TBC)
  • Smita Rawoot — WRI (TBC)
  • Josh Sklarsky — New Ecology, Inc (TBC)


TIPS FOR VIRTUAL INTERVIEWING: WEBINAR WITH TAVI SOOKHOO — MIT CAPD

Monday, April 27 from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
A webinar with Tavi Sookhoo, Career Development Specialist (and DUSP's liaison) at MIT Career Advising & Professional Development, with hints, guidelines, and best practices for virtual interviewing.
Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/211452374


DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY, ADVANCED BUILDING CONSTRUCTION INITIATIVE INFO SESSION WITH ADAM HASZ, MCP '18

Date and time TBD
Hear from DUSP alum Adam Hasz, MCP '18 on the Advanced Building Construction initiative at the US Dept. of Energy.  The ABC Initiative aims to dramatically improve the productivity and energy efficiency of building construction. More information about the initiative here: https://www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/advanced-building-construction-initiative.


CRE DUSP Real Estate Virtual Career Fair

Date and Time TBD
Coming up, a joint career fair by DUSP and the Center for Real Estate for those interested in Real Estate careers. More information coming soon!



MIT CAPD EVENTS:


VIRTUAL CAREER SUPPORT GROUP FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

Monday, April 20 from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Stay connected with career service staff and your peers through CAPD’s Virtual Career Support Group. These weekly sessions will help you stay motivated, organized and connected as you find your next job or internship. Attendees will drive content for each session and generate ideas for one another, so topics will be different for each group. Set weekly goals, receive support for job search challenges and brainstorm strategies to find opportunities. We aim to establish an open, welcoming environment so everyone can discuss their needs. Please note that we won't have time to go into individual resume or document reviews, but individual virtual meetings can be scheduled on CareerBridge (powered by Handshake). Registration requested on Careerbridge.


PRESENTATION SKILLS

Wednesday, April 22 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
Do you present your work to your lab, at conferences, or to a faculty or industry hiring committee? If so, this workshop is designed to provide you with tips and strategies for delivering an effective presentation. The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be. Discussions will include room set-up, proper dress, room management, and actual professional delivery to your audience. This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration requested via Careerbridge (powered by Handshake). Please see careerbridge for zoom link.

3. Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants


2020-2021 DESIGN TRUST EQUITABLE PUBLIC SPACE FELLOWSHIP

The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City. They are now accepting submissions for the 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program. They will be selecting two Fellows to join the Design Trust team as full-time paid staff members for an intensive one-year fellowship to begin in June 2020 and end in July 2021. Fellows will become a part of the Design Trust community, interacting with project fellows, partners and collaborators. Please refer to Plaza for more information.


2020 LATINO AND PLANNING DIVISION STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP

The Latinos and Planning Division (LAP) of the American Planning Association (APA) strives to address planning issues affecting Latinx communities in the U.S. as well as increase Latinx practitioners in the profession. The purpose of the LAP scholarship program is to foster increased interest in the study of urban planning within the Latinx student population at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels. The program is open to third and fourth year undergraduate students and first and second year masters degree students. One scholarship of $500 will be awarded to be used for fees, books, or academic materials.
Refer to Plaza for more information. Deadline extended until April 30.


To learn more about scholarships, fellowships and grants available, access the DUSPCareers Spreadsheet here.

4. Workshops, Conferences, Calls for Papers

 

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The Global Association of Master's in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Eighth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 21-22 September, 2020, in New York City. If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register on the conference website. Registration will open in early Spring. The conference theme is Cross-Cutting Solutions for the Decade of Action. The aim of the conference is to bring together persons involved in research, policy, practice, and business. Participants will share practical solutions for achieving the SDGs at local and national levels. Abstracts should be directly relevant to one of the following topics on the website. Interested presenters should submit an abstract of at least 300 words but not exceeding 500 words, in English, by 1 May, 2020.


CALL FOR PAPERS: PLOS ONE "CITIES AS COMPLEX SYSTEMS"

PLOS ONE is launching a Call for Papers, Cities as Complex Systems. Their Guest Editors are interested in reading submissions that highlight urban mobility and energy infrastructures, the morphology and efficiency of cities, and applications to sustainable development goals. All articles chosen for this Collection will be specially selected by their Guest Editors. Submit your work to our collection and help answer the important questions in urban science. More information through this link. Deadline: July 3.

5. Featured Internships


We are in the process of contacting multiple employers to understand how their recruiting processes are being impacted by COVID-19 restrictions.  We have established a new Summer '20 Opportunities forum on Plaza for opportunities that are going forward to the best of our knowledge. This forum is being updated with new info as we hear it.
Have a suggestion? Write us at dusp-careers@mit.edu.

6. Featured Jobs


You are strongly encouraged to apply for any advertised positions ASAP to avoid any potential hiring freezes that employers, particularly public sector employers might be facing in the near future.


URBAN PLANNING/GEOSPATIAL DATA SCIENTISTS FOR URGENT COVID-19 RESPONSE WORK AT URBAN FOOTPRINT

UrbanFootprint is quickly ramping up its operations to support Covid-19 response and recovery. This is important work and it will be demanding, as they are supporting agencies in a time of unprecedented crisis.
Responsibilities may include:
  • Partnering with solutions engineers to understand client needs and perform analyses to address time-sensitive questions
  • Cleaning and ingesting spatial data for custom analysis in the UrbanFootprint platform
  • Multi-scale analysis, focusing on everything from national trends to neighborhood level insights
  • Location intelligence analysis, specifically focused on areas like site selection and service delivery for social and healthcare services
Please refer to this Plaza listing for more information.


ASSOCIATE DEVELOPER AT PENNROSE IN BOSTON, MA

Pennrose is an industry leader in the development and management of Affordable Housing. We are currently looking for an Associate Developer for our Development Office located in Boston, MA. This position assumes exposure to and participation in all aspects of multi-faceted real estate development projects – both market-rate and affordable – from inception through construction completion and lease-up. This individual is responsible for timely and accurate support to an in-house team of Developers, Senior Developers and Regional Vice Presidents. This position demands strong financial skills, meticulous accuracy in all work and effective written and oral communication. Please refer to this Plaza listing for more information.


MULTIPLE OPENINGS ON INTERNATIONAL CLIMATE POLICY RESEARCH AT US DEPARTMENT OF STATE

The Department of State’s Office of Global Change is looking for exceptional candidates to fill multiple mid-level positions focusing on international climate policy, including on: mitigation actions, transparency, and GHG emissions accounting (in particular related to land use, forests, and agriculture); resilience or adapting to the adverse impacts of climate change; and international climate change finance. Refer to this website for more information.


POTENTIAL PROJECT-BASED ANALYTICS WORK WITH IADB — REMOTE

DUSP graduate Patricio Zambrano (MCP '12), is a Housing and Urban Development Specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank.
Patricio writes:
"While we have more or less frozen permanent positions, we do have product-based work that comes up here and there, based on need. We are actively working with local governments in Latin America and developing open analytics tools to support the response and long-term economic planning. Current priority projects include generation of vulnerability maps (using open datasets as well as data inputs from local governments) and a remote ethnography of access to health among undocumented migrant communities in Andean countries. The basic skills needed are, broadly, spatial analytics and programming languages (R, Python), fluency in English and Spanish, and of course, urban planning!"
Patricio says interested DUSP students & grads may contact him directly. If you'd like to follow up with him, write to Sue, sld@mit.edu, who'll give you Patricio's email address.
 

For more job opportunities available please refer to the Professional section at Plaza.

7. PhD Opportunities


PROJECT OFFICER EIT URBAN MOBILITY AT GENT UNIVERSITY — BELGIUM

UGent, being a core partner in the EIT Urban Mobility, is hiring a full (and/or part) time Project Officer (3 year contract at PhD and/or Master level). Deadline for application is April 24 2020. For more information see Plaza and the job posting’s website.
 

General resources for PhD students – Check the following links for more information on useful resources to build up your career inside and outside of academia:

RESOURCES

+ DUSP LinkedIn Community
+ MIT Career Advising and Professional Development (MIT CAPD)
+ Graduate Careers News Digest (Institute-wide)
+ Handshake, MIT’s Career Management System 
OGE Personal & Professional Development
 
All events posted on the DUSP Google Calendar
All jobs, internships, and fellowships posted on Plaza

To contribute fellowships, internships, conference info, or other – email: duspjobs@mit.edu
Feedback? Questions? Contact Mary Jane Daly (daly@mit.edu)






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