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:

Johnson+Southerland - Application Deadline: June 1, 2018

Employer: Johnson+Southerland
Employer Website:
Job Type:  Internship
Start Date: Asap
Compensation: Paid
Contact Person: Maggie Johnson
Contact Email:
Job Description:

Come join the J+S team for summer 2018 and possibly beyond! Johnson+Southerland is a landscape architecture firm focusing on community-based public-place projects. Our mission is to cultivate better relationships between people and the physical world, aiming for function, comfort, expression, engagement and environmental health in every project.

The selected individual can expect to participate in project-based graphic rendering, site inspections, drafting and cost estimating as well as marketing. We are a small firm, offering the opportunity for you to be involved in a wide variety of office and project activities as well as personalized mentorship. We are located in the lively historic neighborhood of Columbia City, just 3 blocks from Link Light Rail. We are an equal opportunity employer.

We seek an individual with strong skills in graphic design, the Adobe suite and ACAD, who communicates well and who can take in and process complex information. Hours are somewhat flexible, in the range of 20 – 40 hours per week.

If interested, please send your letter of interest, indicating dates of availability, resume and portfolio to:

Maggi Johnson


Employer: Otak
Employer Website:
Job Type:  Summer Internship
Start Date: Summer 2018
Compensation: Paid
Job Description:

Otak is looking to hire summer interns for our Redmond, Washington office, but this position may be shared with other offices, including Portland, Oregon. The internship would support the disciplines of planning, landscape architecture and architecture depending on the skillset of the selected interns. The desired candidate will have completed at least two years of college education in one of these areas of study (planning, landscape architecture, and/or architecture). This position will support a variety of planning, design, research, design detailing, graphics, and other tasks. This will be a temporary position for summer only in 2018. Please indicate dates of availability with your application.

Typical job requirements:

  • Support a variety of planning and research tasks.
  • Support the resolution of design solutions during the schematic design, design development and construction documents phases.
  • Assist project team with product and systems research, and materials selection.
  • Collaborate with project team to ensure design intent and conformance to quality assurance, quality control and best practice standards.
  • Prepare client presentations and present design concepts, drawings, models, etc.
  • Participate in project reviews regarding project costs, budgets and adherence to schedule.
  • Entitlement and planning/zoning code analysis to determine density and site yield/restrictions.


  • A minimum of (2) two years of university/college education in the field of study of either urban planning, landscape architecture, and/or architecture.
  • Top tier academic performers who have obtained or are obtaining a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Knowledge of zoning codes, applicable codes, and implications on design
  • Experience with Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, SketchUp, InDesign, and other design and modelling programs
  • Knowledge about sustainability and integrated design
  • Knowledge of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Project Delivery methods

Otak’s interdisciplinary teams produce plans and designs that support the goals and vision of the communities where they are located. We establish places that are creative yet practical, modern yet timeless. Our experts bring sustainable design and design excellence to every project, from multifamily housing and transit centers to community buildings and everything in between.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to come and be a part of the Otak team.  Otak is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Employer: PLACE
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Start Date: Summer 2018
Compensation: TBD
Contact Email:
Job Description:

PLACE is seeking talented Landscape Design professional(s) to participate and support the creative process for a two and a half month to yearlong internship. Candidates will participate in a wide variety of projects, assisting with design charrettes, model making, graphic rendering, public engagement, and site tours.

These internship positions require collaborative ingenuity and compelling graphic skills. Experience with programs such as AutoCAD, 3DS Max, VRay, Photoshop, Revit, Adobe Suite and Rhino is preferred. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and possess strong communication and critical thinking skills over multiple scales.

PLACE is a design studio committed to creative landscape architecture, planning, art and urban design, in a collaborative atmosphere, the foundation of our philosophy. Our journey continues to represent a stewardship of the natural world advancing bold ideas, vanguard concepts, and memorable experiences of timeless craft.

Reflected in our partnerships worldwide is a dedication to design excellence and innovative ecological practices, from intimate landscapes to large scale urban development and master planning efforts. PLACE unequivocally represents a creative culture where a desire for fulfilling our distinctive lifestyles honors lasting relationships.

If interested in applying, please send resume, letter of interest, references, and a representative sampling of your design portfolio to:
Subject: PLACE – Careers
735 NW 18 th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209

PLACE is an Equal Opportunity Employer.