The School’s unpaid externship program offers undergraduate and graduate architecture and urban planning students exposure to a variety of professional experiences. Participating students spend one week in an office or related professional organization. Depending upon the individual’s level of experience and the firm needs, an extern’s duties can include:

  • Job shadowing
  • Building physical models
  • Helping prepare competition boards
  • Design charrette
  • Renderings
  • Observing city planning or client meetings
  • Attending site visits

Any activity that can help provide exposure to the student is considered valuable extern experience.

Depending on the firm size, 1-2 externs are matched with the firm. These externships provide basic insight into architectural and urban planning practices and networking opportunities. Sponsoring firms benefit from the introduction to capable and motivated students and the skills and fresh ideas they bring. Many sponsors view the extern experience as a mentoring opportunity.

Students join firms during the UWM Winterim semester in January and over Spring break in March. There are some opportunities for longer experiences during Winterim.

To participate as a student please click here and fill in the information.

To participate as a sponsoring firm in the externship program please contact Associate Dean Mo Zell at

Previous student experiences can be followed at the Externship Blog:

Past Participating Firms:

AG Architecture
ARO Eberle Architect
Bray Architecture
Break Form Design (Los Angeles)
Brininstool & Lynch
Cannon Design
Chris Kidd Architects
City of Milwaukee
Dimension IV Madison Design Group
Dominican Center
Engberg Anderson
Eppstein Uhen
Epstein Global
Gensler – Minneapollis
Goettsch Partners, Inc.
Hanging Gardens
Holabird + Root
Johnsen Schmaling
Kahler Slater
KEE Architecture, Inc.
Kindness Architecture + Planning
Korb and Associates
Kubala Washatko
Layton Boulevard West Neighbors, Inc
Legacy Architecture, Inc.
Master Graphics
Miro Rivera (Austin, TX)
Mortensen Construction
MSI Gen. Corp
Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation, City of Milwaukee
Perkins + Will
Potter Lawson
Ronan Associates
SA Studio
Site Design Group
Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM)
Smith Gill
Somerville Architects | Engineers
Uihlein Wilson
UWM – Facilities Services Department
Valerio Dewalt
Vetter Denk
Wade Weissmann Architecture
Wheaton Franciscan North Operations
Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA)
Workshop Architects
Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc.