I'm headed into my second senior year, and graduating in Spring 2018 with dual degrees in Geography (GIS emphasis) and Urban Studies and Planning (Transportation emphasis) from San Francisco State University. I currently have a 3.35 GPA, but no extracurriculars (with as many hours as I spend slinging drinks for tourists, I already don't really have free time for other school activities). I haven't done an internship yet, but my Urban Planning program requires an off-campus internship, and I'm aiming to do it in Spring (I wanted to do my internship this Fall, but there are required organizational meetings for the internship that conflict with a critically important GIS class, so I had to push it back a semester). I'm doing my senior thesis for Urban Planning this Fall instead, and doing a senior seminar for Geography in Spring.
I do want to go to graduate school to study transportation planning (regional passenger rail, public transportation, and shipping are my areas of interest), but I'm unsure about the time frame. On the one hand, it would be nice to directly transition from undergrad to grad school, but on the other hand, I'm not sure if my thesis will be graded in time to bring it up on graduate school applications for Fall 2018, or whether I even should. I'm also unsure of whether I really want to try for graduate school without an internship to bring up in my application. These factors may suggest working a bit and trying for graduate school in Spring 2018 (or not, I judge factors poorly), but I don't know if grad programs typically do Spring admissions. I've heard of rolling admissions, but I don't know if those are common in my field. Some people have recommended I go ahead and apply for Fall and see what happens, but every application is over 100 bucks (and I have to pay for the GRE, too), so I need to know I have a solid shot before I spend the money.
What do you guys think?
Also, anyone know of graduate level transportation planning programs? I do know of some I want to apply to already, but my ears are always open to more options.