Students and New Planners
Make Connections to Launch and Advance Your Career
You're excited about making a difference in your community, and you're not alone!
Whether you're a planning student or a new planner, APA will help you gear up for the career you want.
Socialize for Success
Connect with peers and pros on campus and in communities.
- Planning Student Organizations interact with students, faculty, and local communities.
- Young Planners Groups network with professional planners at the chapter level, opening opportunities to find mentors, plan and attend events, and volunteer.
- Join an APA division and share your interest in a planning specialty.
- Student Representatives Council (SRC) hosts Navigating the Jump: Becoming Planner I
Be a Leader
Add your voice to the national planning conversation.
- Write for the APA Blog.
- Present at the National Planning Conference, or review session proposals.
- Join the Planners' Advocacy Network.
- Serve on APA's Student Representatives Council.
Compete for awards, scholarships, and fellowships from APA, its chapters and divisions, and other organizations.
- APA Scholarships
- APA Outstanding Student Awards
- AICP Student Project Awards
- PSO Outstanding Planning Student Organization (PSO) Awards
- Enter the Student Design Competition at NPC
- Chapter and division scholarships, grants, writing competitions, and more!
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