Students at the Bloustein School have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research through through appointments as researchers employed by the school’s centers and institutes in such areas as community development, neighborhood revitalization, transportation, workforce development, and energy policy. The school serves as an intellectual focal point at Rutgers University for the examination of societal problems and solutions. Research undertakings are governed by a strong commitment to quality through the use of sound social science theory and methods and to full dissemination of results and peer review of findings. Research is carried out on a wide variety of challenging topics.
The school is host to several nationally recognized research centers and collaborative programs, established by the University’s Board of Governors. These specialized centers carry out large-scale projects and are supported by external funding, which maximize the school’s ability to perform in-depth research; extend its activities beyond the classroom through public service; and provide students with the opportunity to develop professional skills and experience. Many of these centers offer continuing education and training programs for government officials, nonprofit leaders, and career professionals, enabling the school to broaden its outreach endeavors.
Our students also have the unique opportunity to work on real-world projects through urban planning studios and public policy practicums. Under the guidance of full-time faculty and part-time faculty who are successful practitioners, student teams demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply theory, methods, empirical evidence, and conceptual thinking in the development of projects and plans in which students “work for” clients. Students are required to prepare memos, prospectuses, visual materials, and final reports for clients, and present their products in formal presentations. Through these experiences, students gain competency in professional conduct and ethics in their interactions with faculty, students, and clients, and in their use of data.
The school is committed to addressing community, regional, state, national, and international needs. Faculty, staff, and students fulfill this commitment in a variety of ways, by preparing students for careers in public service; through continuing education courses and seminars; by serving as advisors to public officials and community organizations; by working to strengthen the capacity of governmental and nonprofit organizations through education and training; and by undertaking research projects that address the pressing needs and concerns of our society.
The Bloustein School provides career development support and individual career counseling to its students and alumni. We work with students to define career planning and placement needs, including strategies for executing a successful employment search and help them transform their academic and professional experiences into careers they are passionate about.
Students have access to a wealth of valuable tools, including a list of web links to job, internship, and academic postings throughout the region and nation and an online database that includes current offerings from employers and hosts in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. More than 80 workshops, information sessions and alumni panels are held each each to assist students with resume and cover letter analysis, interview strategies, career networking , professional and alumni networking, and more.
Career support does not end at graduation. In coordination with alumni and the Bloustein School Alumni Association the school provides “Alumni Connections,” a program that offers a support network of alumni willing, interested, and ready to assist students and other alumni in advancing their career goals.