The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a full-time summer intern for an exciting project: The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, D.C. This Web site, which will include both mobile-friendly version and a more robust online exhibition, will feature both well-known and up-and-coming landscape architects discussing what makes 50 landscapes within the nation’s capital compelling. The Web site is expected to launch in fall 2012.
Instead of offering yet another brochure for tourists, the site is designed to be a guide to both landscapes and design-thinking. The goal of the project is to educate the milion of visitors who come to D.C. about how landscape architects, designers of public spaces, critically evaluate the design of sites. Landscape architects will discuss the site plans, design details, interesting historic features, and sustainable design elements. Landscapes featured will include great works of landscape architects (the National Mall, Dumbarton Oaks), ecological landscapes, historic landscapes, and even post-industrial urban landscapes. Local D.C. residents and landscape architects and other design professionals are also target audiences for the site.
The summer intern will be expected to work full-time on this project from June through August.
The intern will research and write an introductory paragraph on the site’s history, using historical records and available books and Web sites; locate photographs, secure image credits, and add directional information for each site; coordinate outreach materials to ASLA members and aid in social media promotion; and directly interact with a number of leading landscape architects to gather their feedback on given sites and edit the text for publication.
Interns will also have the opportunity to attend educational and networking events at the National Building Museum, Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks, and other museums and think tanks in Washington, D.C. and write articles for ASLA publications including The Dirt blog and LAND newsletter.
- Current enrollment in a Master’s or PhD program in landscape architecture.
- Excellent writing skills. The intern must be able to write clearly for a general audience.
- Proven research skills and ability to quickly evaluate the quality and relevance of many different types of Web resources.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact graciously with busy designers.
- Working knowledge of Photoshop, social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn), and Microsoft Office suite.
How to Apply:
The position has been filled. ASLA is no longer accepting applications.