ASLA Research Internship, Summer 2011

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is seeking applicants for its 2011 summer (May – August) internship program.

A summer internship with ASLA provides an excellent opportunity for a graduate student studying landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, sustainable development, or environmental studies. Students with an interest in policy, advocacy, and Web communications are encouraged to apply.

The intern will conduct research and identify resources to be added to ASLA’s series of resource guides and toolkits, online resources created for designers, planners, educators, advocates, and policymakers. To date, ASLA’s guides have been viewed more than 50,000 times.

The project will involve identifying best practice research studies, projects, and regulations to be added to the following guides and toolkits:

Resource Guides
Climate Change
Green Infrastructure
Livable Communities
Sustainable Transportation
Sustainable Urban Development

Residential Design
Improving Water Efficiency
Increasing Energy Efficiency
Maximizing the Benefits of Plants
Using Low-impact materials

Sustainability Toolkit
Economic Models
Environmental Models
Social Models

Interns will also propose recommendations for improving the structure of the guides and editing older, less useful resources.

Interns will 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.


  • Current enrollment in a Master’s or PhD program in landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning, public policy or administration, environmental studies, or related field.
  • Passionate interest in policy issues related to design, land use, sustainability, and the environment.
  • Proven research skills and ability to quickly evaluate the quality and relevance of many different types of online resources.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

The 2011 summer internship is unpaid. The ideal candidate will have their own research projects that would benefit from this project.

Applicants are required to receive funding through their university or an external fellowship in order to be considered. Applicants can also use the internship to fulfill internship requirements.

The summer intern should be present at ASLA offices for a minimum of three full days per week. ASLA offers a flexible schedule.

Please send cover letter and résumé to by Friday, May 6, 2011.