University of Virginia: School of Architecture

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If interested in advertising a job or other student opportunity, please e-mail Assistant Dean of Students and Community Engagement, Betsy Roettger (

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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 at least 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 models, to helping prepare competition boards and renderings, to sitting in on city planning or client meetings, or attending site visits. 

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.  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 alumni 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 Assistant Dean of Students and Community Engagement, Betsy Roettger (