HUPO works to provide students with various opportunities to supplement their classroom learning, develop relationships with their classmates (and future colleagues), and network with professionals in a range of career fields related to planning. We initiated interactive sessions with planning concentration in-charges to provide first year MUPs an overview of the spectrum of academic and professional avenues in the field of urban planning. For the first time, we began a monthly newsletter to allow students to share past internship and elective course experiences.
Additionally, HUPO organized a practitioner lunch series to enable students to interact with seasoned planning professionals. The series has been organized around the different concentrations in the program, ranging from real estate and housing to international planning, ensuring that students have a chance to speak with mid-career professionals representing each student’s varied interests.
We organized a professional picture-taking day, so that students can have professional head shots on hand when applying for jobs and internships.
Finally, a unique aspect of the program is HUPO’s relationship with the Loeb Fellowship, a mid-career program for civic leaders of all types at the GSD. Each fall, HUPO and the Loeb Fellowship organize a series of dinners to introduce students to the Loeb Fellows and forge relationships that last throughout the year and beyond, which many students say have been among the most valuable they’ve made in their time at Harvard.
HUPO members publicize and encourage students to attend APA young career events in Boston, and we hope to partner with the APA-MA chapter in the spring semester. We will help organize Harvard students who are attending the national APA conference this year as well.