Internships and Careers

Internship Requirement

Students are required to complete a 200 hour professional internship in a community development organization. This is highly valued by students who view it as a way to network, gain practical skills, and develop substantive expertise. Internship placement assistance is provided by the Department and External Advisory Committee.

Career Options

Students completing their Master of Science degree in Community Development are prepared for professional roles in community development and related fields such as planning, community design, nonprofit organizations, and policy consulting. Several have pursued doctoral study in such fields as sociology, urban and regional planning, and geography. Typical careers include leadership positions in rapidly growing fields such as:

  • Nonprofit community organizations
  • Public interest groups
  • State and local government agencies
  • Regional planning
  • Research and consulting organizations
  • Social welfare and public health agencies
  • Special interest organizations
  • Housing development corporations
  • Local economic development corporations
  • Land trusts or farmland preservation organizations
  • Foundations