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1. IMPORTANT RESOURCES


DUSPCareers Resources: Other relevant resources:  

2. EVENTS


Upcoming DUSPCareers events:
  • Job + Internship Search Strategies: webinar with Tavi Sookhoo, DUSP's liaison at MIT CAPD — Monday, April 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm
  • 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:
  • Negotiating Job OffersApril 15
 

3. FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS

  • DUSP PKG Public Service Fellowships — Deadline: April 13
  • MIT Marvin E. Goody Award for thesis writing students — Deadline: April 13
  • 2020-2021 Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship — Deadline: April 17
 

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.
  • Several Jobs Available at New York City Department of City Planning — NYC
  • Associate Director of Real Estate at Urban Edge — Boston, MA
  • Community Engagement Manager at City of Cambridge Community Development Department — Cambridge, MA
  • Economic Policy Director at SPUR — San Francisco, CA
  • Statistics Research Assistant at the Joint Center for Housing Studies (Harvard) — Cambridge, MA
 

7. PhD OPPORTUNITIES

  • Assistant Professor in Critical Cartography at Oregon State University

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:  

PLANNING IN TIMES OF COVID-19

Articles related to our discipline and community resources as we face this pandemic:
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:

JOB + INTERNSHIP SEARCH STRATEGIES: WEBINAR WITH TAVI SOOKHOO — MIT CAPD

Monday, April 13 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, on job searches in this new planning landscape.
Zoom link: https://mit.zoom.us/j/673286089
 

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 — City of Portland, ME
  • Bonnie Campbell — Two Trees Management
  • Ryan Kiracofe — RKG Associates
  • Alice Davis — Gensler
  • Anna Muessig — Gehl (TBC)
  • David Vega-Barachowitz — WXY Studio (TBC)
  • Noah Maslan — Eden Properties (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:


NAVIGATING YOUR CAREER CHOICES FOR GRAD STUDENTS


NEGOTIATING JOB OFFERS

Wednesday, April 15 from 1:00 pm to 2:45 pm
This workshop will examine the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of Job Offers. How do you know if this job is right for you? Salary vs. Total Compensation will be looked at. Strategies on the negotiation process will be discussed along with should you negotiate and “What Can” and “What Can Not” be negotiated. These strategies are used throughout your career. 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


IMPORTANT DEADLINE: DUSP PKG FELLOWSHIPS

DUSP-PKG Fellowships are ideal for DUSP students planning a career in international development or public service. If you are a DUSP student in the process of lining up a summer internship or looking for funding to support efforts on a project, consider applying to the DUSP-PKG Fellowship program. The PKG Center funds projects that focus on bringing about longstanding positive change for the community being served. Applications for Summer 2020 DUSP-PKG Fellowships are due by Monday, April 13 at noon. Please refer to this website for more information.


MIT MARVIN E. GOODY AWARD FOR THESIS WRITING STUDENTS

The Marvin E. Goody Award of $5,000 is awarded to an MIT graduate student in any department at MIT who is expecting to complete their Master’s thesis in February 2021. The Award was established in 1983 by Joan A. Goody in the name of Marvin E. Goody (1929-1980), an MIT alumnus and faculty member.
The aims of the award are:
  • to extend the horizons of existing building techniques and use of materials,
  • to encourage links between the academic world and the building industry, and
  • to increase appreciation of the bond between good design and good building
To be appropriate for the Goody Award a thesis proposal must address one or more of the stated aims. For application form and further information, please visit this website. Questions? Please contact Cynthia Stewart.


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.


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.


SEVERAL POSITIONS OPEN AT NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING

The Department of City Planning (DCP) is New York City's primary land use agency and is instrumental in designing the City's physical and socioeconomic framework. DCP's ambition is to make all of New York a better place to live, to maintain what works and improve what doesn't. There are several openings you can find through their website


ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE AT URBAN EDGE

The Associate Director of Real Estate will help to lead and support Urban Edge’s Real Estate Development team. In coordination with the Director of Real Estate, the Associate Director will coach, train, and lead staff on all aspects of project management, and will ensure that project management responsibilities are met. Please refer to Plaza for more information.


COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER AT CITY OF CAMBRIDGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

City of Cambridge Community Development Department is hiring a Community Engagement Manager – this is a new position to guide CDD’s overall engagement and outreach strategy with a goal to reach underrepresented communities. In addition to assisting project managers in designing, implementing, and evaluating outreach efforts, the Community Engagement Manager will be responsible for supervising a team of outreach workers responsible for direct engagement with underserved communities.  Please refer to Plaza for more information.


ECONOMIC POLICY DIRECTOR AT SPUR IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA

SPUR works to create both a prosperous and equitable region. The Economic Policy Director will lead SPUR’s work to develop and implement an agenda for shared prosperity, both at the city-scale in San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose and regionally across the Bay Area. This position represents a unique opportunity to work on some of the biggest economic inequity challenges we face as a region, and to develop solutions of a scale which match the scale of the problems. Please refer to this link for more information.


STATISTICS RESEARCH ASSISTANT AT THE JOINT CENTER FOR HOUSING STUDIES (HARVARD)

The RA will carry out quantitative research on topics related to housing markets, household demographics and finances, housing affordability, housing policy, homeownership and rental housing, and other research areas as needed. Candidates must have an interest in topics related to housing, as well as experience using statistical software packages such as SAS or Stata. Experience working with Census PUMS data is a plus, as is experience with GIS mapping tools. Preference will be given to people with at least a Master’s Degree in economics, public policy, urban planning, or a related field (1 - 2 years research experience is a plus). Please refer to Plaza for more information.


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

7. PhD Opportunities


ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN CRITICAL CARTOGRAPHY — OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Critical Cartography. We seek a collaborative colleague who will develop and maintain a vigorous, externally-funded research program in the critical analysis of spatial data representation. Our new colleague will bring a record of scholarship and products in elements that could include critical cartography, geovisualization, interactive web mapping, data visualization, Big Data analytics, participatory mapping, critical theory, and cartographic design and theory.
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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