The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a full-time summer intern for an exciting project: The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Boston. 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 75+ landscapes within Boston compelling. The Web site, which is modeled after the first guide in the series on Washington, D.C., is expected to launch in fall 2013.
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 milions of visitors who come to Boston 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 major works of landscape architects (the Emerald Necklace, the Rose Kennedy Greenway), ecological landscapes, historic landscapes, and even post-industrial urban landscapes. Local Boston 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 introductory paragraphs on site histories, using historical records and available books and Web sites; manage photographs, including securing any stock photos and image credits; 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, Google Maps, and Microsoft Office suite.
- Knowledge of Boston’s contemporary and historic landscapes a plus.
How to Apply:
Please send cover letter, CV, and one writing sample (3-5 pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org by end of day, Friday, March 15. Phone interviews will be conducted with finalists the week of March 18 and selection will be made the following week.
The internship pays a stipend of $3,500. ASLA can also work with the interns to attain academic credit for the internship.
ASLA offers a flexible work schedule. ASLA’s national headquarters is conveniently located in downtown Washington, D.C., one block north of the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station on the Red, Yellow, and Green Lines. Learn more about ASLA’s green roof.
Image credit: ASLA 2008 Professional General Design Award. Boston Children’s Museum Plaza, Boston. Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates / Elizabeth Felicella