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 VNL2@u.washington.edu 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.