The Environmental Design Internship Program is an opportunity for students to develop design and professional skills outside of the curriculum. 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. 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). Internships students undertake for academic credit may be either paid or unpaid depending upon arrangements made between the student and host, as well as any prevailing industry regulations.
A successful internship largely depends upon the willingness of supervisors to provide a stimulating and instructive work environment for their interns. ENVD expects internship hosts to actively engage their interns and oversee their work to ensure a rich professional development experience. We also ask the internship hosts to complete a midpoint and final evaluation of the interns performance (see the links to the assessments below). Please keep in mind that the grade students receive for internship academic credit is largely based on the evaluation of the student’s work performance provided by the host supervisor.
As the host of an ENVD internship, we ask that you provide periodic feedback in the form of a brief assessment at the mid-point of the internship, as well as a more detailed description at the conclusion of the internship discussing the intern’s performance and the ultimate achievement of the stated learning outcomes. The evaluation forms for each assessment period are below.