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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  understanding  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)

Available Internships:

Berger Partnership - Application Deadline: April 1, 2018

Employer: Berger Partnership
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Start Date: Summer 2018
Compensation: Paid
Contact Person: Christine Gannon
Contact Email:
Job Description:

We are excited to announce the launch of our 2018 Summer Internship Program. This information is also posted on our website at To view previous internship reports please visit our website under Idea Lab.

At Berger Partnership we recognize the importance of connecting with students to enhance their academic studies and prepare them for professional practice. Each year we identify subject matter or new design applications affecting the industry. This year we are interested in exploring emerging digital technologies as tools for design and enhanced public experience.

Our office workflow has shifted in recent years from mixed two- and three-dimensional platforms to become predominately 3D. Revit is fast becoming the industry standard for development and documentation and is supported by a range of specialized 3D software such as Rhino/Grasshopper for fabrication and algorithmic modeling.

We are interested in leveraging this wealth of 3D data to elevate our design process and look for new applications in our built work. The specific focus of our 2018 internship program will be integrating 3D printing and Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) into our workflow.

The selected intern, with support from office staff, will be tasked with developing a workflow for translating project components into 3D print or AR/VR compatible files and establishing standards for the best results. Applicants should have a passion for digital design tools and a proficiency in 3D modeling but need not be experts in 3D printing or AR/VR. The work will rely on much experimentation with our in-house equipment to build a shared knowledge base.

The intern can expect to spend about 60% of their time on the above-mentioned research with the remaining time dedicated to practicum. The practicum is designed to provide hands-on project experience in a collaborative team environment and will likely involve researching applicable projects and visiting local examples, preparation of graphics, 3D modeling and design of a range of landscape elements.

Application Specifications:

The paid internship is open to all landscape architecture, architecture, and urban design students and will run six to eight weeks, approximately 30-40 hours per week. Please note the program is intended for students enrolled in a degree program who will be returning to school for the following term. The intern will be expected to present their findings and a deliverable to the office at the conclusion of the internship. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in graphic design, 3D modeling, rendering, and digital fabrication.

To be considered for Berger Partnership’s 2018 Summer Internship, please submit a letter of interest expressing your interest in the selected topic, a resume, and representative work samples as a PDF to our office by email by April 1, 2018. Please limit your work samples to a maximum of 10 pages.

Deadline: April 1, 2018
Phone Interviews: tentatively planned for the week of April 16, 2018

NBBJ - Application Deadline: March 16, 2018

Employer: NBBJ
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: March 16, 2018
Start Date: Summer 2018
Compensation: Paid
Contact Person: Laura Calcagni
Contact Email:
Job Description:

NBBJ is a different kind of design practice; one that helps our clients drive innovation by creating highly productive, sustainable spaces that free people to live, learn, work and play as they want to.

The world’s leading organizations look to our experts to help them design environments that disrupt the status quo and effect real, meaningful change at all levels. Named among the top 10 most innovative firms by Fast Company two years in a row, we make news by partnering with like-minded companies including Google, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft and Tencent.

We have a unique and exciting opportunity for your students to join our dynamic design team as part of our 2018 Summer Internship Program. We are looking for talented individuals who are passionate about design, willing to take risks, and seek opportunities to work on high-performing teams.

At NBBJ, our interns are placed right in the heart of the design process, working side by side with our design teams, tackling design challenges, contributing unique ideas, and understanding the pace of project deadlines and working with clients. These projects vary in scope and size ranging from complex healthcare facilities, court houses, corporate buildings and international high rise competitions.

This is a full-time paid internship for a duration of ten to twelve weeks. We are seeking current students who will be returning to their programs in the fall of 2018. We will have opportunities for summer interns in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Boston.

At NBBJ, our summer interns are a major highlight of the year as we learn as much from them as we hope they learn from us!

Summer Internship opportunities can be applied for on our career site at beginning February 5, 2018 through March 16, 2018. We ask all applicants to submit a resume and portfolio of their work.

For further questions about our internship, please contact me at 206.621.2393 or

Swift Company - Application Deadline: March 23, 2018

Employer: Swift Company
Position Title:
Summer Intern
Employer Website:
Job Type Landscape Architecture Intern
Application Deadline: March 23, 2018
Start Date: June 2018
Compensation: Paid
Contact Person: Wendi Martin
Job Description:

Swift Company is a group of landscape architects and urban designers committed to context-driven designs that build on the fundamental circumstance of each place. Founded in 1982, the firm has focused on the planning and design of landscapes, urban environments and open spaces in the West.

Swift Company has earned a valued reputation for design excellence, innovation, solution-driven work, and effective facilitation involving diverse interests. The firm is known for progressive, integrated, multidisciplinary efforts and for its exciting, team-based design studio that is committed to questioning, exploring, and collaborating.

Swift Company is seeking exceptionally passionate, skilled, motivated and responsible students who are self-starters interested in joining our integrated team in Seattle for a summer internship position. The firm aims to support the development of individuals involved in the internship program and help to foster new ways of thinking and problem solving through a range of engaging experiences. The firm is committed to helping build confidence in a fast-paced team environment and shaping new forms of understanding the practice of landscape architecture. Student interns will be immediately welcomed to the team and become active participants at all levels of project work from analysis and research, graphic communications, client interactions, detailed design development and documentation through to construction and contract administration.

Swift Company is dedicated to innovations in design process, research, and construction. With each project comes a set of unique contextual and technical challenges. The internship program will engage student interns in the process of analysis and research towards innovation in landscape architecture and urban design. As active participants in this process, interns will be challenged to think critically and find ways to build upon their own creative and technical skills in order to generate exceptional solutions to complex problems.

The position will be a fulltime, paid term position. The start of the position is negotiable between the firm and the individuals selected, but will run between June and September 2018.

To apply for the 2018 Swift Company Summer Internship Program, please submit the following materials to

  • Letter of interest/statement of motivation
  • Portfolio or work samples (.pdf file not to exceed 8 MB in size)
  • 3 References with email and telephone contact information

Complete application packages must be received no later than 5:00 pm PST on Friday, March 23rd, 2018.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified no later than March 30th, 2018.

Walker Macy - Application Deadline: April 20, 2018

Employer: Walker Macy
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: April 20, 2018
Start Date: Summer 2018
Compensation: TBD
Contact Person: Chelsea McCann
Contact Email:
Job Description:

Walker Macy is seeking talented individuals for a summer internship in our Portland office. Walker Macy is an award winning firm in the Pacific Northwest with work throughout the Western states. While our focus is on public work – including urban parks and waterfronts – we pursue a broad range of projects, ranging from academic campuses to mixed use development. We have a collaborative, dynamic, and team oriented professional culture with a commitment to innovative design, sustainability, and client satisfaction.

During the summer, Walker Macy offers students the opportunity to participate in a three month internship to explore our profession and connect the theoretical with the practical. With a diverse range of projects to learn from, interns will be exposed to a range of scales and project types. Interns will be exposed to a range of professional activities and challenges such as exploring marketing efforts, urban planning, construction site visits, and design documentation. The ideal candidate will enjoy working on teams and have the ability to prioritize work tasks to meet deadlines.
This paid hourly position (40 hours per week) runs June through August.

We are looking for candidates with the following skills:

• Enrollment in an accredited landscape architecture program with at least three years of undergraduate study or two years of graduate study
• Enjoy project design and documentation at all stages
• Self-motivated, and have great communication skills (both verbally and written)
• Expertise in AutoCAD, 3-D modeling, Adobe Suite programs and hand sketching
• Willingness to learn and engage in a diverse range of tasks

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and PDF portfolio to