Finding a Landscape Architecture Internship | Start Applying

by Allen Quay

in General Topics

So far we have covered the importance of networking and strategies when cold calling firms where you’d like to work.

In this article we will cover the all important step of applying for a landscape architecture internship.

In addition, I have listed a few resources for you at the end of this post when you’re ready to apply.

Before you apply to online postings read my fence analogy:

When you’re thinking of places to apply to remember there are no fences. What do I mean by that?  Well, there’s a lot of over thinking by students or applicants when they say, “should I apply for this?” or “should I do that?” or “will they hire me?”  That is what I call sitting on the fence.  Just apply!

[pullquote]The goal is to have choices and options, to apply to as many places as possible…[/pullquote]Applying obligates you to nothing. The goal is to have choices and options, to apply to as many places as possible to say to you at some point, “between now and May 1 we would like for you to work with us this summer”. That your goal. That won’t happen unless you apply to somebody.

 So you’re either 100% definitely uninterested or you’re applying. The over thinking, over analyzing, making a list of the pros and cons, doing surveys on Facebook for all your friends to weigh in comes when they actually are offered the opportunity and you’re not sure whether or not you want to do it. But you need to create that opportunity for yourself in the first place.



Here’s a few resources to get you started:

  1. Landscape Architecture Program at UC Davis near Sacramento California offers a lot of resources for firm hiring interns in the local area, state of California, USA and beyond.
  2. Cal Poly located in San Luis Obispo California has one of the best landscape architecture programs in the nation and offers opportunities both interstate and abroad.
  3. College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver provides a list of potential firms in Colorado and other states.
  4. is a great website for those looking for a landscape architecture internship overseas. They also offer other information on traveling, accommodations, etc.
  5. Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) provides a list of firms with job vacancies and is a good place to start if you’re wanting to intern in Australia.
  6. American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) maintains a database called Joblink where you can search for intern positions. From the Joblink page select ‘Search Jobs’ then choose ‘Internship’ from the Career Category drop down.  Select any additional criteria and when finished press ‘Search’ to retrieve the results.


Award Winning Firms

Want to intern with the very best? Then apply to ASLA’s most awarded firms:

  1. AECOM Design + Planning
  2. Andrea Cochran Landscape Architects
  3. Burt Hill, Inc.
  4. Design Workshop, Inc.
  5. EDSA, Inc.
  6. Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Ltd,
  7. Jones & Jones Architects and Landscape Architects, Ltd
  8. Landworks Studio Inc.
  9. MESA Design Group
  10. Michael Van Valkenbugh Associates, Inc.
  11. Olin Partnership, Ltd.
  12. Sasaki Associates, Inc.
  13. SWA Group (Houston, TX)
  14. Wallace Roberts & Todd, LLC


So your overall internship search strategy is to involve all three of these strategies when looking for a landscape architecture internship. If you have any comments or any additions to the above resources, please leave them below.


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