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
- Conducting research
- Building physical models
- Helping prepare competition boards
- Design charrette
- Preparing maps or renderings
- Observing city planning or client meetings
- Attending site visits
Externships provide basic insight into practice and networking. 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 can extern during winter break (winterim), spring break or both.
Student experiences can be found at this link:
Each year close to 100 students are placed in externships regionally in Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, nationally in cities like Houston, New York and Los Angeles and internationally in Tokyo. More students are choosing to extern with multiple firms during break. Having multiple mini-experiences exposes students to a wide variety of firms and aggregates into a broad understanding about professional practice.
To participate as a student please click here and fill in the information.
Previous Externship Host Firms:
Chris Kidd Architects
City of Milwaukee ECO: HOME GR/OWN
Dan Beyer Architects
DCD Planning Division
Galbraith Carnahan Architects LLC
Korb and Associates
NIDC part of DCD
UWM – Facilities Services Department
Wade Weissmann Architecture
Somerville Architects | Engineers
Legacy Architecture, Inc.
Dimension IV Madison Design Group
Brininstool & Lynch
Goettsch Partners, Inc.
Holabird + Root
Krueck & Sexton
Perkins + Will
Site Design Group
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Break Form Design
in situ studio
Meeks + Partners
Straka Johnson Architects
Sou Fujimoto Architects