Meet the 2020 SDAPA Student Interns!


Chris Murphy 

Chris MurphyHi there, my name is Chris Murphy and I am working with the San Diego Section of the APA as a student intern this summer! Currently, I am a fourth year student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying City and Regional Planning and have just accepted an internship with the Community Development Department for the City of San Luis Obispo. I am excited to continue my education in planning while also applying it to projects going on in my community. Seeing a community develop into a resilient, equitable and beautiful space that is shared with all people is what attracts me to the planning profession, I want to help facilitate this throughout my career. Aside from planning, surfing is my life and I spend a lot of my time traveling up and down the California and Baja Coastlines hunting waves. I also enjoy rock climbing and riding my bike around town, just anything to stay active and moving.

Mariel Garcia

Hello, my name is Mariel and I am a 2019 UCSD Graduate with a B.S. in Biology who is just beginning to enter the field of planning. I am interning this summer with the San Diego APA and am also interning with Escondido in the Communications/ Graphics Department. I look forward to meeting different professionals and learning all the skills, policies, and mechanisms that go into planning, which is quite a lot! I hope with my background I can do something related to environmental planning but until then, I am still exploring. When I am not busy, I like to watercolor, organize, and research various topics such as history, psychology, and sustainability