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The Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture has a long-standing tradition of internships within the undergraduate experience. The experience of working in a professional setting is vital to our educational philosophy, and we attribute a great deal of the success of our alumni to the internship program. In an effort to refine this valuable aspect of our curriculum, we have committed to the internship program as a required and supported part of the core undergraduate experience.
The internship involves working with a registered landscape architect who will serve as Professional Supervisor to the intern. This provides a minimum of 32 – 40 hours per week of work experience for the intern, eventually totaling an equivalent of ten (10) to twelve (12) weeks of full-time employment. The internship should have a climate that is conducive to learning and applying knowledge and skills, offering the intern the opportunity to participate in a variety of job experiences. The intern will be evaluated after the half-way period and again at the end of the internship. Payment is not required but can be arranged at the discretion of the intern’s employer (the intern will also receive 6 hours of course credit). Assistance with room and board is accepted, but not required.
As a result of their employment, students have a stronger appreciation for the business of design, returning to their studies with enhanced skills and clarified career goals. Employers benefit from the work of a skilled intern, with the intern bringing valuable skills and a refreshing outlook to the office. Many employers have hired their interns permanently upon graduation.
For the 2011-2012 Internship Form Packet, download the form here.
For more information on undergraduate internships, please contact Kristi Dykema Cheramie, Assistant Professor and Internship and Field Studies Coordinator at email@example.com or 225-578-1472.