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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:

Berkshire Botanical Garden - Application Deadline: March 1, 2018

Employer: Berkshire Botanical Garden
Employer Website:
Job Type: Summer Horticultural Internship
Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Start Date: May 2018
Compensation: $8.00/hr. stipend plus housing
Contact Email:
Job Description:

This unique summer internship program offers the student the opportunity to work with and learn from two public gardens. Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit public garden established in 1934. Located on 15 rural acres, the Garden consists of 26 display gardens, several specialty collections, and three greenhouses. Naumkeag, a Gilded Age-style estate, is a National Historic Landmark preserved by The Trustees of Reservations. The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Both locations are situated in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, a short driving distance from the center of historic Stockbridge. The area is home to many cultural institutions and numerous natural sites.

The college internship program is designed to offer hands-on experience at Berkshire Botanical Garden and Naumkeag for college students aspiring to a career in horticulture, public gardening and landscape architecture or design. Interns will work with horticulture staff and volunteers in all phases of public garden maintenance
and development. This includes planting, weeding, watering, mulching, pruning, and interacting with visitors. Students may also become involved in special projects such as accession records, garden inventories, plant signage, or photography. Intern training sessions, public educational programs, and staff field trips are offered to help broaden the students’ horticultural horizon.

Summer internships are for 12 weeks, 40 hours per week and usually start mid-May. The program includes shared intern housing at the Naumkeag estate and a stipend of $8.00/hr.

Previous gardening experience and course work in horticulture, public gardening or landscape design are required. Junior and senior undergraduate students applying for college credit are preferred. Students must be responsible, self-motivated and capable of the strenuous nature of gardening.

Please submit a cover letter, resume and an application, which can be found on the Garden’s website at

Berkshire Botanical Garden
Attn: Dorthe Hviid, Director of Horticulture
P.O. Box 826
Stockbridge, MA 01262

Deadline for applying is March 1, 2018. Earlier applications will receive earlier decision.

ESDA - Application Deadline:February 15, 2018


GGN- Application Deadline: February 19, 2018

Employer: GGN
Position Title: 
Summer Intern
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: February 19, 2018.
Start Date: Summer 2018
Compensation: TBD
Contact Email:
Job Description:

GGN (Gustafson Guthrie Nichol) is seeking talented applicants for paid internship positions. Our summer internships are open to landscape architecture and architecture students or recent graduates from the United States and abroad.

The GGN internship program will offer exposure to many facets of contemporary landscape architectural practice. Interns will work with GGN project teams to produce site plans, renderings, digital and physical models, AutoCAD drawings, and presentations for our current projects. Interns will gain experience working outside the office by accompanying project managers on local construction site visits and project team meetings. Interns will also have the opportunity to participate in our internal monthly design review process. Interns may focus on projects with high public value and social impact. During the internship, each participant may prepare and give a presentation of his or her work to the office and have a portfolio review and critique with a Principal. We will support any student that wishes to receive academic credit for this internship.

Eligibility: Applicants must be either citizens of the United States, or have existing valid work permits to work in the US throughout the full duration of the internship. Applicants must also be fluent in written and spoken English.

Location: Interns will work from GGN’s Seattle office.

Work Schedule and Duration: An internship typically lasts several months; applicants should specify if they wish to intern for a specific duration. Interns are expected to work 40 hours per week – Monday to Friday. Should you be selected for an internship, please do not expect to be offered a full-time salaried position at the end of the term.

Application Deadline: Applications for GGN’s summer internship must be received by February 19, 2018.

To Apply: Please email your concise resume and portfolio PDF’s to with SUMMER INTERNSHIP in the Subject line. Include the following attachments:

  1. Cover letter including: – AutoCAD, Rhino, and Adobe Creative Suite proficiency – Model making abilities and experience – Anticipated Degree or Degree – Dates available
  2. Resume
  3. Work Samples (5 pages & 5MB maximum. Links to online portfolios aren’t accepted.)
    • Evaluation will place significant emphasis on your design and graphic communication skills
    • Should depict high-quality examples of your hand and/or computer aided graphics
    • Show that you want to design and make landscape architecture and/or architecture

Due to the anticipated number of applications, we cannot provide individual confirmation of receipt of applications.

Thank you for your interest in an internship with us. Contact with any questions.

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

OLIN - Application Deadline: February 12th, 2018

Employer: OLIN
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: February 12th, 2018
Job Description:

OLIN Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, has been creating distinguished landscapes and urban designs worldwide for over forty years.

OLIN’S 2018 Summer Internship Program provides an elite group of outstanding students an opportunity to work alongside award-winning and industry-leading designers and practitioners for ten weeks starting on June 4th. Both undergraduate and graduate students advancing to their final year of study in an accredited landscape architecture program are encouraged to apply by February 12th, 2018.

Please visit Picture Yourself at OLIN for more information.

RELM - Application Deadline: February 26th, 2018

Employer: RELM 
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: February 26th, 2018
Job Description:

RELM is seeking passionate and highly talented summer interns, who are creative, organized and possess strong graphic and verbal communication skills to join our studio in downtown Los Angeles from June 4, 2018 through August 10, 2018. Dates are flexible to accommodate academic calendars. Longer residency into the fall is possible.


SCAPE - Application Deadline: February 12th, 2018

Employer: SCAPE
Employer Website:
Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: February 12th, 2018
Job Description:

SCAPE is always looking for self-motivated, inspired, and team-oriented interns to join our office. Our interns are fully integrated into our project teams and assist in all aspects of SCAPE’s work – from research to design to drafting to rendering. Depending on the scale and stage of the project, interns may also attend meetings and make site visits. Our office has an active social life with frequent happy hours and educational sessions.

Our summer internship runs for roughly 12 weeks. We also support longer-term internships of at least 4 – 6 months for academic credit or a stipend. For these longer periods, we encourage students working for school credit to apply. Unfortunately, we cannot sponsor visas for semester-long internships.

To apply to an internship at SCAPE, please fill out the following application and include all information in the checklist below. SCAPE accepts intern applications year round and on a rolling basis. Please keep work samples to max. 20 pages and 5 MB file size or less.

Email all materials to Please be sure to include “SCAPE Internship” in the email subject line.

Site Workshop - Application Deadline: February 14, 2018

Employer: Site Workshop
Position Title: 
Student Intern
Employer Website:

Job Type: Internship
Application Deadline: February 14, 2018
Start Date: Negotiable
Compensation: TBD
Contact Person: Matthew Wood
Contact Email:
Job Description:

If you are currently enrolled in a landscape architecture program, we want you to spend the summer in Seattle as our intern. That’s full time for ten weeks.

You’ll spend half of the internship on a special research project. The rest of the time you’ll be actively contributing to our project work, improving your documentation skills and producing graphic materials.

This is a great chance to see what it’s like to work as part of a landscape architectural team on a wide range of projects—from some of the largest urban developments in the Pacific Northwest, to small, community-based projects.

Check us out at If you’re interested in joining the team for the summer, tell us why. We hope to get a sense of who you are, what motivates you, how you work and what your long-term goals are.

Please send a cover letter, resume and work samples to Matthew Wood:

PDF’s are great, and don’t worry about compressing the files too much. It will be fine. We’ll begin reviewing applications on February 15, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you.

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.