2019 National Planning Conference

Career Zone

Come to the Career Zone and invest in your future. Find resources, interactive activities, and sessions to support your job search and career development, no matter where you are in your planning career.

Featured Career Zone Event

Employer Connection Job Fair

Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Career Zone in the Exhibit Hall

Job seekers, discuss open positions with employers in small group information sessions. Employers, discuss current job openings with a highly qualified pool of candidates.

To participate in this event as an employer, contact Career Services.

Mentor Match

Have experience and advice to give? Consider mentoring a planner during the conference and leave a lasting impression on them. This is a great opportunity to give back to the future of planning. Check back here for more information about mentoring.

Resume Clinic

Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Monday, April 15, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Career Zone in the Exhibit Hall

In partnership with Sequence Staffing, APA is offering our annual Resume Clinic in the Career Zone. APA members will have the opportunity to get one-on-one feedback, insights, and tips from fellow members who have volunteered their expertise: private and public sector hiring managers, AICP Fellows, leaders of APA divisions, and many others.

Participants must sign up in advance for a 20-minute resume review session. Registration opens March 11.

More Career Zone Events

Come by the Career Zone in the exhibit hall for career advice and networking opportunities. APA is partnering with Sequence Staffing representatives to provide activities, information, and professional headshots. Check out other career-related sessions in the full conference program.


Career Networking Power Hour

Monday, April 15, 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Career Zone in the Exhibit Hall

Job seekers and employers come together in the Career Zone for an hour of networking. Check back for more information closer to the conference!

Planning Institutes

Sunday, April 14, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco

Are you interested in planning leadership or management? Make a "plan for you" and sign up for a Planning Institute, only at NPC19. Attend a full day of in-depth training and earn up to 8 AICP Certification Maintenance credits.


APA's National Planning Conference is your best chance all year to explore career options, meet people who can help you along, and make connections that can last a lifetime.

Student Activities

Broaden your planning horizons at NPC19.

Meet other young professionals and share your experiences with APA leaders in Planning Student Organizations at the Student Representatives Council/Young Planners Group Ideas Exchange. Continue the networking at student-oriented social events and the annual PSO Fundraising Competition.

More Student Information

Student Volunteers

Calling APA student members! Are you interested in helping out at NPC19 — and getting paid for it? Good news! APA is signing up student volunteers to fill a variety of roles.

How Volunteering Works

How Volunteering Works

  • Student volunteer positions are reserved for student members of APA.
  • Student volunteers work a five- to eight-hour shift at the conference, April 13–16
  • Positions are filled first-come, first-served.
  • Volunteers are assigned to only one shift. That gives you the rest of the conference to attend sessions, network with practicing planners, and connect with other students from around the country.
  • If you cannot work your assigned shift, you forfeit the opportunity to participate.
  • The pay is $100 when the shift is over.

How to Volunteer

  • First, register to attend the conference. If you register by February 13, the APA student member rate is just $125.
  • APA emails new student registrants an invitation to volunteer. When you receive yours, click the link in the email, follow the instructions, and select the position you want. You'll get a confirmation and more details closer to the conference.
  • All student registrants will continue to receive this email containing updated information on current availability of volunteer opportunities.

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Students and new members receive all the benefits of regular APA membership and more.