The Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington encourages BLA and MLA students to gain experience in practice while earning their degree to better prepare students for future professional work. The Department works with local firms and agencies to arrange mutually beneficial opportunities for hosting students.

Typically students are in the last year of the degree program and have successfully completed a breadth of courses including design studios, plants, CAD and other computer software, and professional practice, and have produced a set of construction documents for a small project.  Students work with the Department to contact firms or agencies to arrange interviews and determine interest in hosting a student. Students may earn academic credit from the Department and/or financial compensation from the firm/agency, criteria for determining the type of comesation, as well as other aditional information, can be found in the UW Practicum/Internship Fact Sheet.

Skills you could expect a student to possess (practicum or internship):

• Understanding  of  design  and  design  process
• Basic  understanding  and  experience  with  CAD,  GIS  and  Adobe  software
• Basic  understanding  of  construction  documentation  set  and  process  (have  completed  Large  Scale  Construction  studio)
• Basic  understanding  of  plants  and  natural  systems
• Basic  understand  of grading  and  drainage
• Experience  building  models
• Experience  producing  illustrative  plans,  sections  and  vignettes
• Experience  documenting  site  through  drawing,  photography  and  video
• Experience  assembling  presentations  (powerpoint  and  boards)

UW Internship/Practicum Portal

The  Portal  is a space  where  employers  can  submit  internships  and practicum positions to  a  page  that  is only  accessible  by  our  students. We hope this will  increase  our  students’ experience  opportunities  that  will  aid  in  their  skill  development. In  turn,  student  resumes/portfolio  links can  be  found  on  the  department  website.

If  your  firm  is  interested  in  hosting  a  practicum  or  internship,  please  contact  Vanessa  Lee,  Department  Coordinator  at or 206.616.6995. These  services  are  of  no  charge  to  employers,  but  do require  a password  that  can  be acquired  via  the  contact  above.

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