SARUP’S Externship Program

Real World Experience in the Architectural Profession

It was a fantastic year with record numbers of firm and student participants! We placed 89 students (both grad and undergrad, architecture and planning) in 63 firms in and around Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, nationally in Los Angeles and Raleigh, and our first international externship in Tokyo. Five years ago we started with 13 firms and 21 students. Students continue to report back exceptional experiences at their host firms. We could not have created such a successful program without the support of our partner firms.

In honor of the collaboration we were awarded an ACSA/AIA Practice + Leadership Award. The ACSA and AIA honors “best practice” examples of highly effective teaching, scholarship, and outreach in the areas of professional practice and leadership. The award honors the commitment to educating the next generation of architects.

Students continue to post summary experiences on the SARUP Externship tumblr blog. You can see these at:

As we continue to look for ways to improve the student experience, this year we added two new initiatives. The first was a one-day program that coupled freshman with upper level students on the first day of the externship so that they could experience the introductions, the office tour, and hear how a firm’s design process works. We hope this will increase mentorship opportunities for students back on campus. In the second effort, we created a small firms externship where we aggregate five small firms that each host a student for one day. Next year we plan to increase our pre-externship mentoring so that students come to the office with a better understanding of what to expect.

If you would like to host an extern in your office please contact Associate Dean Mo Zell at

Student News Externships, Activities & Events

I am beyond thankful to everyone at the NIDC! All of the planners were inviting, let me ask questions about how they got into the field and were incredibly giving of their time and sharing their professional experiences. I walked away from the whirlwind week deeply impressed with all that the city of Milwaukee does and inspired by what I can dedicate my career to as a planner once I graduate.

Cassandra Leopold, MUP
Externship at Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) is affiliated with the Milwaukee Department of City Development

Externship Host Firms

Milwaukee Area
AG Architecture
Boer Architecture
Bruns Architecture
Chris Kidd Architects
City of Milwaukee ECO: HOME GR/OWN
Dan Beyer Architects
DCD Planning Division
Engberg Anderson
Eppstein Uhen
Foundation Architecture
Galbraith Carnahan Architects LLC
Groth Design
Johnsen Schmaling
Kahler Slater
Korb and Associates
Kubala Washatko
Marek Landscaping
NIDC part of DCD
Rinka Chung
SA Studio
Solid State
Uihlein Wilson
UWM – Facilities Services Department
Vetter Denk
Wade Weissmann Architecture
Workshop Architects

Somerville Architects | Engineers
Legacy Architecture, Inc.
Hoffman Madison
Dimension IV Madison Design Group
Potter Lawson

Brininstool & Lynch
Fitzgerald Associates
Goettsch Partners, Inc.
Holabird + Root
Krueck & Sexton
Perkins + Will
Ronan Associates
SGA Design
Site Design Group
Skidmore Owings & Merrill
Smith Gill
Valerio Dewalt

Break Form Design
in situ studio
HGA Rochester

Sou Fujimoto Architects