University of Virginia: School of Architecture

Extern Program

Extern Program

The UVa School of Architecture Extern Program is an annual program that allows current undergraduate and graduate students at any level and in any discipline—architectural history, architecture, landscape architecture, or urban and environmental planning—to explore a career interest in a realistic learning environment outside of the classroom.

Participating students spend one week with sponsoring firms and organizations across the country during Winter Break. Depending upon the individual’s level of experience, an extern’s duties can range from true job shadowing to building a basswood model, to helping prepare competition boards and renderings, to sitting in on city planning or client meetings, or attending site visits. Any activity that can help provide exposure to the student’s field of interest is considered valuable extern experience.  

In light of the tough job market, many students are taking advantage of all available opportunities to increase their marketability. Not only do externships provide an excellent opportunity to help students develop their skills and gain exposure to the field, they also provide important networking opportunities. Frequently, many extern sponsors have later hired the students for summer internships or full-time jobs.

The benefits to the sponsoring firm or organization are also great-- extern sponsors appreciate the opportunity to observe the capabilities and interests of motivated School of Architecture students and can benefit from their skills, knowledge, and fresh ideas. Many sponsors also utilize the extern experience as a mentoring opportunity, or as a way to give back to the school. 

To find out how you can participate in the Extern Program, please contact Kim Wong ( / 434.982.2761).


Organizations that Participated in the School's Most Recent (2012-2013) Externship Programs Include:

Alloy Workshop, Charlottesville

American Planning Association, Chicago

Architecture Research Office (ARO), New York

Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore

Bohlin Cywinsky Jackson, Philadelphia

BIG, New York

Conger Moss Guillard, San Francisco

David Jameson, Bethesda

Dean/Wolf, New York

Diller Scofidio Renfro, New York

Dirtworks, New York

District of Columbia Office of Planning, Washington DC

Ennead, New York

Eskew Dumez Ripple, New Orleans

Formwork, Charlottesville

Fougeron Architecture, San Francisco

FXFowle, New York

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Seattle




KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia

Lake Flato, San Antonio

Leers Weinzapfel, Boston

Lewis Tsurumaki Lewis (LTL), New York

McInturff, Bethesda

MGA, Philadelphia

Mia Lehrer, Los Angeles

Michael Vergason, Alexandria

Miller Hull, Seattle

Morphosis, New York

Michael Van Valkenburg (MVVA), New York

Nelson Byrd Woltz, Charlottesville

Olin, Philadelphia

Olson Kundig, Seattle

OMA/AMO, New York

Reed Hildebrand, Watertown

Robert M. Gurney, Washington DC

Ryall Porter Sheridan, New York

SCAPE, New York

SMBW, Richmond

Smith Miller Hawkinson, New York

Snohetta, New York


Stoss, Boston

Studio Gang, Chicago

SWA Group

Thomas Phifer, New York

Tod William Billie Tsien, New York

West 8, New York