Internships

CAPLA students at an internship in San Diego

Preparing each student is for life after college is one of the foremost priorities of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). Two ways we assist in making sure graduates ready for their future is through the CAPLA Job Interview Fair and our internships program.

Each spring, CAPLA holds a Job Interview Fair which brings between 30-40 different businesses to interview students. These interview sessions are meant to help students hone their presentation and speaking skills in a professional environment, but also lead to job and internship opportunities. Design and design-build firms, non-profit organizations, and local government agencies from across the country come to meet our students. 

Internships provide excellent opportunities for students to learn about specific industries and firms from within those areas. The opportunities presented to students as a part of these experiences will help shape the students' future career goals and allow them to network with potential prospective employers. As a part of the academic program, internships are required for Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments students and recommended for Bachelor of Architecture students and all graduate level students. Each school has an internship coordinator that works with students to help them find an internship position that fits their needs. 

From The Studio
Diego Limon

Building Experience in the Field | Diego Limon ’23 B. Arch

CAPLA's spring Job Interview Fair provides the opportunity for students to hone their interviewing skills and discuss internship and career opportunities.

Coverdell Fellow Profile | Julian Griffee

Julian Griffee served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania before joining CAPLA's Master of Urban Planning program.

Coverdell Fellow Profile | Alizabeth Potucek

Alizabeth Potucek served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon before joining CAPLA's Master of Landscape Architecture program.

Alumni Profiles | Connor Harmon (SBE '16, MS Planning '17)

"I have a message for current students: while being knowledgeable in your profession is essential to job performance, I can’t stress enough how important building professional relationships with professors, mentors, and—in my case—residents, board members, and developers is toward professional success."

Urban Planning Internship Experiences

All MS Urban Planning students complete a summer internship between their first and second year. Our internship coordinator, a practicing planning professional, guides students through the process of seeking out internship positions and equips them with professional skills that ensure their success.

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