ASLA Communications Internship, Summer 2014

Tanner Spring Park, Portland / Atelier Dreiseitl and GreenWorks

The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) seeks a full-time summer intern for an exciting project: The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Sustainable Portland. 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 Portland such a livable, sustainable city. The Web site, which is modeled after the first guides in the series on Washington, D.C. and Boston, is expected to launch in fall 2014.

The site will be a guide to both sustainable landscapes and design-thinking. The goal of the project is to both educate locals and visitors who come to Portland about how landscape architects create sustainable places. Landscape architects will delve into the site plans, design details, interesting historic features, and sustainable design features. The guide will feature sustainable design at all scales, from parks to rain gardens, green streets to green roofs.


The summer intern will be expected to work full-time on this project from June through August.

The intern will research and write fact sheets about the sustainable landscapes, 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. Other projects may come up as well.


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.

Excellent photographic composition and editing skills. Ability to use a SLR camera.

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 Portland’s ecological systems and history of sustainable design a plus.

How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, CV, one writing sample (no more than 3 pages), and two photography examples (JPEGs, no more than 1MB each), to by end of day, Friday, March 21.

Phone interviews will be conducted with finalists the week of March 24 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 but the intern must be at ASLA’s national headquarters, which 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.

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