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Architectural Intern

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Madison, WI

SmithGroup is an award-winning, multinational integrated design firm with a team of 1,300 experts across 13 offices in the U.S. and China. We employ research, data, advanced technologies and design thinking to help clients solve their greatest challenges. Our specialists—from artists and engineers, to nurses, workplace strategists and beyond—develop beautiful, sustainable, future-focused solutions for healthcare providers, science and technology organizations, higher education and cultural institutions, urban environments, diverse workplaces, mixed-use and waterfront developments, and parks and open spaces.

The SmithGroup Summer Internship Program is dedicated to the advancement of young professionals in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design. As an intern at SmithGroup, you will have the opportunity to work side-by-side with a wide-range of professionals.

Selected students will spend approximately 12 weeks working as an intern in our Madison, WI office. Students will be exposed to both the creative and business environments. Assignments will vary and include project research, site visits, computer production, design reviews, and assisting in marketing efforts. It is expected that candidates have basic hand drawing and computer software skills. Preferably, applicants have experience with Revit, Adobe Creative Suite, Trimble SketchUp, Rhino, Vray, Lumion and Microsoft Office programs.

Interns will return to their studies enriched by exposure to peers and professionals, and to the extraordinary opportunities in the profession of their choice.

Working with us, you will:

  • Perform specific/limited portions of architectural assignments under direct supervision
  • Document changes to architectural drawings as instructed
  • Consult with manufacturers, research and evaluate materials
  • Assist in Construction Administration including preparing sketches and addendums, and visiting the construction site to gather information and/or preparing a punch list
  • Design portions of projects under direct supervision
  • Contribute proactively to the project team
  • Receive and follow directions for project assignments
  • Manage own time based on directions given

An ideal candidate:

  • Minimum 1 year of related experience and/or training.
  • Pursuing a degree in Architecture with a minimum of 3 years of education and an emphasis in Architecture; preferably with the intent to obtain a master’s degree.
  • Proficient in Revit, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office products.
  • Must be detailed oriented and able to work in a team environment.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines and work well under pressure.
  • Communicates and works professionally with all levels including co-workers, management, clients, etc.

Please include a brief cover letter including a response to the prompt (one page maximum): Describe a place or experience that has had a profound impact on your decision to become an architect.  You will need to supply us with a link to your online portfolio.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 1, 2019.  Late applications will not be considered. 

Interns who are selected to participate in the program will be notified by March 7, 2019  

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

SmithGroup is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or arrest/conviction records.

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