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Careers and Internships

Preparing for a Career

A foundation in urban development and social change can provide you with the knowledge and experience to pursue a career in urban and regional planning, community development, public administration, urban teaching, social work, and public policy.

While you are at Clark, we encourage you to pursue internships in these areas so you can build experience for graduate school or a career.

Summer internship opportunities abound for UDSC students in Worcester. Funding is available through the Lois and Robert Green Internship, and additional resources are available through Clark’s Career Connections Center.

Lois and Robert Green Internship

The urban development and social change (UDSC) concentration offers a paid summer internship for Clark undergraduate students thanks to a generous endowed fund established by Clark alumni Lois and Robert Green.

Selected interns work with a Worcester city councilor, a city government agency, or a non-profit organization on projects and activities that address the concerns of neighborhood residents.

The internship may be full time (35 to 40 hours per week) for six weeks, or part time during a longer period, from late-May to mid-August. The stipend is $2,400.


All current juniors, sophomores, and first-year students who will be continuing their studies at Clark next year are eligible for the internship. Students who have declared the UDSC concentration and/or have taken a UDSC course are especially urged to apply and will be given preference in the selection process. Applications from other students are also welcome and will be given serious consideration.

Application Procedures

The deadline for applications is April 21, 2023. Please submit your application by delivering a hard copy of your materials to Professor Borges-Mendez’s office in Suite 202 of the IDCE House located at 10 Hawthorne Street. You may leave a copy of your application materials in the box outside the door.

In addition to submitting the application form, students must also submit the following materials:

  • A two- to three-page statement describing background and qualifications for the internship
  • The name and department of two faculty members who can provide a reference
  • A copy of their unofficial transcript

All application materials must be delivered as a hard copy to Jefferson 210.

Garren Kalter ’21 (geography and economics) and Nick Mellis ’21 (geography, URBS)

  • 2019: Julia Dowling ’20 (geography, UDSC), Eleanor Eaton ’20 (geography, UDSC)
  • 2018: Madeleine Buchman ’19 (economics) and Elizabeth Jones ’19 (political science)
  • 2017: Claire Shapton ’19 (economics and geography) and Katherine Wallace ’19 (international development and social change)
  • 2016: Devin Clarke ’17 (geography) and Madilyn Jacobsen ’17 (geography)
  • 2015: Kevin Louis ’16 (political science) and Gabe Epstein ’17 (geography)
  • 2014: Liam Kelly Fleming
  • 2013: Brenna Merrill