2018 National Planning Conference

Career Zone

Come to the Career Zone and invest in your future. Find resources, interactive activities, and sessions to support your job search and career development, no matter where you are in your planning career.

Students: Find Activities Created Especially For You!

Featured Career Zone Event

Mentor Match MeetUp Mixer

Sunday, April 22 | 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Hilton Riverside

If you're interested in being matched with a mentor or looking for someone to mentor, this is the place at NPC to make the connection.


Employer Connection Job Fair

Sunday, April 22 | Noon–5:15 p.m.
Career Zone in the Exhibit Hall

Employers will discuss current job openings during informational small-group meetings. Dress for an interview and don’t forget your resume and business cards.

To participate in this event as an employer, contact Bobbie Albrecht.

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Resume Clinic

Saturday, April 21 | 9:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 | 9:45 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, April 23 | 9:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 24 | 9:45 a.m.–Noon
Rooms 231-232

Take advantage of one-on-one feedback, insights, and tips from private- and public-sector hiring managers, AICP Fellows, division officers, and other APA volunteers. APA's partner, Sequence Staffing, will also be there with professional resume and career branding experts.

Participants must sign up in advance for a 20-minute resume review session. Registration opens March 26.

Drop-In Events

Come by the Career Zone in the exhibit hall for career advice and networking opportunities. APA is partnering with Sequence Staffing representatives to provide activities, information, and professional headshots. Check out other career-related sessions in the full conference program.


Mock Interviews

Sunday, April 22 | 4:00–5:30 p.m.
Career Zone in the Exhibit Hall

Work with experienced recruiters from Sequence Staffing in a conversational exercise to learn and test methods that will prepare you to ace job interviews. Please bring a sample job posting.

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Career Networking Power Hour

Monday, April 23 | 2:00–3:00 p.m.
Career Zone in the Exhibit Hall

Connections are key, whether you're on the hunt for a new job or a new member to complete your team. The Career Networking Power Hour is open to all who are looking to hire and those looking for work.

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APA's National Planning Conference is your best chance all year to explore career options, meet people who can help you along, and make connections that can last a lifetime.

Featured Student Activity

Student Representatives Council/Young Planners Group Ideas Exchange

Sunday, April 22 | 4:15–5:30 p.m.

Meet four young professionals who will share their experiences with APA as leaders in Planning Student Organizations, the Student Representatives Council, Young Planners Groups, and beyond.

Social and Trivia Night

Monday, April 23 | 8:00-10:00pm
The Rusty Nail

Join the Crescent City Shapers (the local Planning Student Organization) and the APA Louisiana Chapter, New Orleans Metro Section for the Student and Young Planner Social and AICP/Planning-themed trivia night.

Fast, Funny, and Passionate

Saturday, April 21 | 10:45 a.m.–Noon

These seven bite-sized presentations will both entertain and inform you, capturing the flavor of today's planning by making you laugh — and think. This grouping is ideal for those interested in public engagement and planning for inclusiveness and social justice.

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Congratulations to Our Winning PSOs!

The annual PSO Fundraising Competition helps support APA Planning Student Organizations raise funds to support their members' attendance at the National Planning Conference. APA provides up to $500 in matching funds to the PSOs that raise the most money to attend NPC.

Learn more about the competition and this year's winners

Student Volunteers

Calling APA student members! Are you interested in helping out at NPC18 — and getting paid for it? Good news! APA is signing up student volunteers to fill a variety of roles.

How Volunteering Works

How Volunteering Works

  • Student volunteer positions are reserved for student members of APA.
  • Student volunteers work a five- to eight-hour shift at the conference, April 21-24
  • Positions are filled first-come, first-served.
  • Volunteers are assigned to only one shift. That gives you the rest of the conference to attend sessions, network with practicing planners, and connect with other students from around the country.
  • If you cannot work your assigned shift, you forfeit the opportunity to participate.
  • The pay is $100, in cash, on site, when the shift is over.

How to Volunteer

  • First, register to attend the conference. If you register by February 22, the APA student member rate is just $125.
  • Every Monday, APA emails new student registrants an invitation to volunteer. When you receive yours, click the link in the email, follow the instructions, and select the position you want. You'll get a confirmation and more details closer to the conference.
  • All student registrants will continue to receive this weekly email containing updated information on current availability of volunteer opportunities.

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Students and new members receive all the benefits of regular APA membership, and more.

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