The University Of Virginia School Of Architecture invites your organization to host a student(s) for the annual winter externship program. The externship program matches students with professionals for a week of learning through professional practice. Students range from beginning undergraduates to the PhD level, studying Architecture, Design-Thinking, Urban and Environmental Planning, Architectural History and Preservation, and Landscape Architecture.
The official externship week will be January 10-14, 2022 with the option to bring students on earlier, the week of January 3-7 as needed. All students will be back in classes on January 18th. Depending on the students’ experiences, they are eager to join project teams, pursue research, prepare precedent and case studies, and work on drawings, models, graphics, and design proposals. Students especially appreciate participating in meetings, site visits, and learning about different roles within the organization.
The sign-up form this year will allow you to select a traditional externship or a shorter shadowing experience. The traditional externship assumes a 40 hour work week and is best for upper-level students that can plug into a project and produce work or research. For-profit organizations are asked to compensate students with an hourly wage or stipend for their work. Non-profit or governmental offices may be eligible for students to receive course credit rather than pay.
The shadowing experience does not assume a full work week but can be scheduled throughout the week as needed to allow students to join meetings, talk with team members, visit construction sites, and (if possible) tour the office. Shadowing is best if there is no expectation of a work product or payment.
As we continue to monitor COVID 19 cases this winter, we will work to match students according to locations and opportunities with the least amount of travel. For now, please select whether the externship/ shadowing experience would be all virtual, hybrid, or in-person and as we get close to January, we can make any necessary adjustments.
If you are interested in hosting one or more students for a winter externship, reply by filling the Google Form (https://forms.gle/r4Q97jn9eXixcW3A8). This year, Externship Coordinator, Lauren Cheetham, UVA BSARCH 2021 will be following up to send student applications once we have them on the website for your review. The goal is to have a list of students to you by the end of October and students matched with organizations by the end of November. Our alumni recount their externship experiences as essential in shaping their career paths. We are grateful for your generosity and time in this important student experience.
Assistant Dean of Students, Career Development
Lecturer, UVA School of Architecture