Finding a Landscape Architecture Internship | The Importance of Networking

by Allen Quay

in General Topics

We get a lot of requests from students, graduates and career changers who are looking for a landscape architecture internship so I decided to write some articles on 3 proven steps that will help get your foot through the door.

I know this sounds so obvious but before we start you really have to know what you’re looking for.

I’m guessing that many of you reading this may need assistance with finding what it is you want to do in this field.  The commonly flexible “I don’t really care” or “I am happy to do anything” isn’t going to help you find what you really want.

The truth is many younger students often don’t know want they want and could probably use some assistance to figure out whether it’s urban, historical or residential landscape architecture that are going to be their three main choices. A good place to start is at your collage’s internship or career services office. They can assist you in making the right choice.

 

Networking

Networking is the most important thing you can do when looking for a landscape architecture internship. How many of you think that networking is a dirty word?  I can almost see your faces as I’m writing this so I want you to know… your not alone because we’ve all been there. But it’s a very important and necessary step and it’s not as difficult as you think.

 

funny cartoon of interns pushing large wall at the pyramids in Egypt

You want to be very clear about this if you spend most of your internship seeking time just going online looking for opportunities. You could flood the internet with resumes then cross your fingers.  It’s certainly possible that you can get something, but not likely.

How many of you have ever gotten any kind of opportunity summer job or whatever because you knew someone who knew someone or something like that… that’s mostly how it works.

 

Think about how you spend most of your time… it’s on the cell phone talking to human beings.  If you can find online opportunities to apply to them, who else can do the same? The entire ‘free world’ or in some places ‘not so free’.  That’s why it’s really important to get that message out there through networking.

[pullquote]Networking is really about listening and learning from people who work in their particular field describe what they do…[/pullquote]Networking is really about listening and learning from people who work in their particular field describe what they do in detail. It’s very informative and very educational and is part of how you learn what might be a good fit for you.  If you just submit resumes to things you found online not only statistically speaking you will not have a fabulous chance of getting those things, but you won’t learn anything by doing that.

In our 3 step process we don’t talk about networking as the only thing to do when you’re looking for a landscape architecture internship. In my upcoming articles, I’ll be discussing another proven way to find an intern position plus lots of great resources when you’re ready to apply.

 

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