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:


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.

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