About the ENVD Internship Program
The ENVD Internship Program provides an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience and develop skills needed to succeed in the workplace after graduation.
The ENVD Internship Program strives to connect appropriate internship providers with qualified students. We meet with existing and potential internship providers to advocate for placement of our students, expand the reach of internship opportunities, and gain insights into specific skill-sets the intern providers seek. We also meet with students to understand their interests and skills to insure their internship experience is productive and meaningful.
A wide range of internships exist, ranging from working in a professional design office that may include architecture, landscape architecture and planning, to public sector planning agencies and non-profits, industrial design firms, and companies such as Google and Anthropologie. Community engagement and professional practice are two of the key areas of interest for students, and their internships give them real-world experience.
Professional Design Internship
The Professional Design Internship is an opportunity for students to develop design and professional skills outside of the curriculum. The Program in Environmental Design offers academic credit for professional internships with architecture, landscape architecture, and planning firms. According to the guidelines of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA), Professional Design Internships in the field of architecture and landscape architecture must be paid positions. The American Planning Association (APA) does not require firms to pay their interns, therefore, planning internships may be either paid or unpaid. The ENVD Internship Coordinator can provide assistance for students seeking internships. However, we strongly encourage students to independently search for opportunities most suitable to their needs.
ENVD Exploratory Internship
The Exploratory Internship Program is an opportunity for students to develop design and professional skills outside of the curriculum. Exploratory internships facilitate a variety of professional experiences that include working with firms or public agencies, studying with experts in particular design areas, or participating in community engagement projects. Exploratory internships are meant to go beyond the typical architecture or planning internship, allowing students to explore within a variety of design-related environments. Community engagement and professional practice are key concentration areas for students undertaking exploratory internships. The Program in Environmental Design offers academic credit for internship positions with non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and other parties offering an environmental design-related experience (contingent upon departmental approval). An exploratory internship for credit may be either paid or unpaid depending upon arrangements made with the student and host. The ENVD Internship Coordinator can provide assistance for students seeking internships. However, we strongly encourage students to independently search for opportunities most suitable to their needs.
ENVD Mentorship with the University of Colorado Boulder, Office of Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety
Engendering a spirit of mentorship in education and capitalizing on campus opportunities to learn about the intersections of design and construction, the Office of Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety and the Program in Environmental Design have developed a Mentorship Program. The Program seeks to utilize ENVD alumni to foster and support students through their design education, offering opportunities for students to assist design professionals and understand the facets related to design processes, site construction, and building materials. With multiple construction projects happening on the CU Boulder campus, including the Communication and Social Engagement (CASE) building across from ENVD, students selected to participate in the mentorship program will gain a behind the scenes glimpse into these projects.
The Mentorship program exposures ENVD students to professional practice and may include opportunities to:
- Engage in discussions related to design and construction methods
- See how Revit models translate into real construction projects
- Visit and walk through building sites
- Gain exposure to material applications
- Earn AXP credit hours
- Take part in collaborations between engineers and architects
- Understand document reviews
- Participate in design meetings
- Learn the essential vocabulary of construction
- Identify the user interface with buildings
- Feel the actual dirt of construction sites!
The mentorship experience is much less intensive than an internship, but offers substantial exposure to the field, providing an excellent precursor and credential for a future internship. One of the design professionals/architects is female, whose participation offers a wonderful opportunity for students to see accomplished women excelling in the field of design and construction.
Up to two students per semester are selected as mentees to design professionals in the Office of Vice Chancellor for Infrastructure and Safety. This is open to ENVD students ranging from freshman to seniors. The students and mentors meet twice a month for 90-120 minutes at each gathering. Each meeting varies from site visits, to document reviews, design meetings, and other related activities depending on the phases of design and construction occurring. Upon selection, the students and professionals set up mutually agreeable meeting times.
It is an honor to be selected for the mentorship program. Students are expected to attend all meetings scheduled with the design professionals and stay for the duration of the visit. Students may be asked to document the experience through photographs, sketches, or a brief reflection regarding elements learned from each meeting (to be determined by the mentor).
Please complete the application online by Aug 31, 2016 by 5pm.
John Lanterman, Head of the Internship Program
Nathan Jones Undergraduate Academic Advising Coordinator
- Advising Center for Excellence
- First Year Experience
- Designers Without Boundaries
- ENVD Ambassador Program