Student Chapter Update

The APA Colorado 2013 Annual Conference drew over 40 students throughout Colorado to the scenic and beautiful City of Vail this past October. Among these students a variety of planning disciplines were present from Urban Planning to Environmental Design. Students took this opportunity to further explore the planning profession as a multi-disciplined profession while learning of various planning efforts occurring throughout Colorado so they may grow both professionally and personally as they continue with their educational goals.
Participating students took advantage of reduced conference fees in exchange for a minimal time spent volunteering that proved to be beneficial to both students and the success of the conference therefore will be implemented at future conferences. Continuous efforts, such as the above, are being discussed to increase student participation with APA CO and associated committees.

CU-Boulder planning students expanding professional outreach
Interested in having an intern? Hosting an office tour? Being a guest speaker or mentor? APAS-Boulder welcomes collaboration with professionals interested in guiding the next generation of planners.

Undergraduate planning education at CU-Boulder: The Program in Environmental Design
Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder (ENVD) uses an interdisciplinary approach to address complex social and environmental issues, emphasizing sustainability and community engagement. Students choose an emphasis in architecture, landscape architecture, or planning. Our planning students take a wide variety of studio courses in which they create policy and design solutions for real world problems from urban agriculture to transportation to community participation. For example, in a recent intro planning studio students redesigned the Boulder’s downtown Civic Area. Please visit our program website for more information on projects and the planning curriculum.

There are many ways our APAS chapter connects with the professional community. We host several events each year to expose future planners to the variety of current planning issues and career options. We host firm tours, mentorships and speakers. During the fall semester, we hosted a forum on Boulder’s utility muncipalizaton effort and a lunchtime talk with staff from Go Boulder. This coming February we will be hosting Lunch with a Planner. These experiences are invaluable for students starting out on their career path and our guests enjoy participating and collaborating with the university. If you would like to be involved, please contact Stacey Schulte (APAS faculty advisor, 303-492-2196, and Brendan Hurly (APAS President, We look forward to hearing from you.

Many of our planning students are looking for internships. Employers consistently tell us they are impressed with our students and value the work they deliver! If you are interested in having a planning student intern, for the summer, semester or longer term, please contact John Lanterman (Head of Internship Program, and Stacey Schulte (303-492-2196, Visit the ENVD internship website page at



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