Internships at VIA
Intern Fellowship Program
To promote project exposure, we have developed an Intern Fellowship Program for our summer interns. This program features an intern led project that integrates with an ongoing VIA project.
Thank you to all who applied to be a part of the 2023 Intern Fellowship program at VIA design. There were many excellent candidates and it was extremely tough to select our four participants for this summer. Keep an eye on this page and our Instagram to meet our participants and follow the progress on this summer’s project.
Our 2023 Intern Fellowship Project will exemplify one of our project differentiators, Curating Spaces and Places. We will focus on site design factors to support one or more of our active projects. It may be a waterfront resilience project on one of our many working waterfronts, or could include gauging landscape performance tools and metrics to measure the impacts of our urban designs, open space transformation projects or park designs.
We are currently working through our review of the first batch of applications. Thank you to those of you who have already applied! If you found our page and you’re interested in working with VIA, please submit the requested information and we will get back to you shortly.
Our 2023 Intern Fellowship Project will exemplify one of our project differentiators, Curating Spaces and Places. We will focus on site design factors to support one or more of our active projects. It may be a waterfront resilience project on one of our many working waterfronts, or could include gauging landscape performance tools and metrics to measure the impacts of our urban designs, open space transformation projects or park designs. Details of the Fellowship Project will soon be finalized.
If you’re interested in being a part of this fun and impactful Summer Internship, please fill out this form and either upload or email a current resume and portfolio (or link) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will evaluate your initial submittal and follow up with you if we need additional information, or to schedule an interview. We will perform our initial evaluation of applications received on Friday, January 20th. We review application packages in batches and will be reaching out to you shortly after you submit.
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2022 - Focusing your Energies
2022 Fellowship Objectives:
To analyze regional climate data and create a sustainable design resource which will guide VIA’s sustainable design approach, educate others in the profession, and provide the data needed to encourage clients to pursue sustainable design in their projects.
How do our regional climate conditions affect our design decisions?
What are the most effective design responses to our regional climate conditions?
What tools can be used or developed to aid our sustainable design approach throughout the design process?
How can we comprehensively communicate our findings internally at VIA, within the profession, and to clients?
2021 - The HULL Story
2021 Fellowship Objectives:
Roll forward the Fort Monroe Waterfront Re-Development as a benchmark project for building an integrated family of flood plain design solution proposals.
How does one design and permit an accessible building like the 90-room hotel over water (not inclusive of VMRC + Joint Permit Application requirements)?
How does one design and permit the adaptive re-use of the construction type present in building FM204 + FM205 to meet the 2015or18 Energy Code, comply with Executive Order 45, and satisfy the Secretary Department of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Structures?
How does one design and permit an addition to a building like FM205 to comply with Executive Order 45 and satisfy the Secretary Department of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Structures?
Fort Monroe - Existing Conditions
Fort Monroe - Proposed Marina District Redevelopment
Fort Monroe - Site Visit
Fort Monroe - Hospitality Improvements
Fort Monroe - Site Visit
Fort Monroe - Marina Improvements
Fort Monroe - Site Visit
Fort Monroe - Marina District Improvements
Fort Monroe - Site Visit
Check-in Meeting with Firm Leadership
Presentation to Client and Fort Monroe Authority
Presentation to VIA staff
Internship & Mentorship at VIA
The Summer Intern position provides an exciting opportunity to play a meaningful role in providing technical development, sustainable strategies, and contributions to the design and production of architectural projects under the direct supervision of the project manager or principal in charge. This is an in-person position for those pursuing architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, or related degrees wherein the intern will be spending most of their time one to one with a principal shadowing and having the opportunity to hear different conversations. They will work collaboratively with various project teams of architects, interior designers, and engineers and will be encouraged to be an active part of our team.
Our principals and staff invest in giving our interns a valuable experience in different parts of the industry such as: pre-design field work, construction administration, client meetings, construction site visits, and design exercises in the office. Our goal is to inspire new designers and provide a meaningful experience that equips each intern with valuable lessons that will help launch their careers after graduation. We are excited to welcome fresh ideas and new approaches to our firm! We’re always inspired by the fresh perspectives and skills our interns bring to the firm, and enjoy learning something new through the process.
In addition to our normal project work, we set aside at least one day a week for interns to work on a Fellowship Project. The Fellowship Project allows our team of interns with different backgrounds to collaborate on a project together throughout the summer and learn from each other. The Fellowship objective is for each intern to leave with a wealth of gained knowledge and a completed piece to carry forward into their portfolio. We offer our interns the autonomy to perform research, develop, and present their own deliverables to support a project or initiative within the firm.
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