ACADEMICS

  • Urban Studies Career Pathways

    Located in Worcester—the second-largest city in New England—our department maintains relationships with local non-profit organizations and city and state agencies that offer challenging opportunities to apply your knowledge of urban studies. Through an internship, you’ll hone your skills, gain valuable professional experience, and make the kinds of connections that lead to future employment.

    Sample Recent Internship Sites  
    • Boys & Girls Club
    • City of Worcester
    • Department of Children and Families
    • Elder Services in Worcester
    • Latino Education Institute
    • Local city councilors’ offices
    • Social work and human service organizations
    • State legislators’ offices
    • U.S. Department of the Interior
    • Worcester Senior Center
    • Worcester Housing Authority

    Our urban studies graduates are changing the world—one community at a time—through rewarding careers in fields like public administration, planning, business, human services, social work, and gerontology.

    Sample Careers 
    • City/town/regional urban planner and sustainability coordinator
    • Government and Professional Service
    • Lawyer
    • Public administrator (city/town manager, politician, legislator)
    • Public policy analyst and researcher
    • Public manager (regulatory agencies, economic development, transportation, and environmental agencies)
    Social Work and Human Services  
    • Human services professional (elder affairs, youth development, adoption agencies, wellness centers, neighborhood development, and community organizing agencies)
    • Nonprofit manager
    • Social policymaker and advocate
    • Social worker
    Research and Education Policy  
    • Data analyst (research institutes, consulting organizations, and government agencies) 
    • Researcher (research institutes, government agencies, private industry, and consulting organizations)
    • Teacher (college/university level)