How to build capacity and knowledge for a more inclusive, liveable, and equitable Jerusalem? The Urban Clinic Internship course, inaugurated this last semester, is one piece of the puzzle. The internship offered MA students in urban planning an opportunity to work on a real-life project, with mentorship from Jerusalem area practitioners, all while receiving academic guidance.
The internship course is an advanced course in which students have the opportunity to apply their academic knowledge to real life urban policy problems. Each year, the course is focused on a specific policy or planning question, selected as a topic of pressing interest to city leaders and/or national government. An experienced clinical instructor accompanies each course, together with academic faculty.
Take a look at our graduats' interesting projects from previous years:
POSSIBLE TOPICS FOR FUTURE COURSES
In coming years, the Urban Clinic intends to offer up to four courses annually, tailored to meet the needs of municipal and community partners, and faculty expertise. Civic groups and municipal and national stakeholders have already proposed topics for which they seek an evidence base to guide new policies and programs. Proposed topics include: City Councilors and Local Planning Boards; Arts Policy for a Creative City; Siting New School Buildings in East Jerusalem; Pilgrimage Tourism, and Involving Residents in Urban Regeneration. In some cases, the courses may be carried in conjunction with Universities from abroad.
STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES
The clinic funds students' attending fees for the annual conference of the Israeli Association of Planners. In exchange, the students are asked to write a critical summary of sessions dealing with key issues of planning in Israel.
Read English summary and impressions by student Shira Lichtenbaum.