& Internship Opportunities
Alex and Erik of University of
Illinois and Cornell
In our continuing efforts to
serve the interests of our community, Chicago Architecture
Today LLC offers an internship program
available to undergrad and post-graduate students
as well as
students enrolled in
bachelor degree programs.
Although internships are typically awarded to 5th-year students or
graduate students, we believe that this type of work
opportunity can also be a valuable educational experience
for beginning architecture and/or communications majors as well.
Chicago Architecture Today has enjoyed students interns from
home and abroad including Ireland,
England, France, Germany, Spain and South Korea. If
you are majoring or planning to study any media-related or
architecturally-related field, we invite you to gain some
valuable experience with us.
We believe you can greatly
benefit from being apart of Chicago Architecture Today LLC.
While we are not a design firm, we do offer a unique
opportunity to interact with some of Chicago's top
architecture firms throughout your tenure with us.
Additionally, we offer you a very diverse vocational
experience which involves you in photography, video
production, reporting, writing, travel, and graphic design.
Finally, in some cases, we may be able to assist in placing
you into a design firm if that is your primary objective and
if opportunities exist at the time of application.
Advantages of an
enables you to learn and
decide about a vocation via firsthand experience
provides an opportunity to
acquire new skills and vocational knowledge
establishes an environment
where you can be mentored by a career professional
lets you apply some of the
principles and ideas learned in class
can reveal your vocational
strengths and weaknesses in a chosen field
allows you to meet and
network with people in your career field of interest
shows that you have
initiative, reliable and a sense of responsibility
makes a valuable addition
to a college application and/or resume'
opens a door to a job
offer or a recommendation for other job openings
can also be a fun way to
extend your educational experience into the work world
Intern with Chicago Architecture Today...
You will most likely work
together with other interns on assignments
You will have the benefit
of one-on-one involvement with your facilitator
You will have valued input
in major company project decisions
You will have the
opportunity to make your own schedule and free up time
for an additional internship or other employment
You will be able to do
many of your work projects at home and independently
You will collaborate on an
urban re-development or re-adaptation project called
You will have an
opportunity to meet some of Chicago's top design
You will have extensive
involvement in photography and video projects
You will have much of your
You will take a group
excursion to a regional or national place of
You will learn more about
Chicago than you previously have had knowledge of before
"I would like to give you my much appreciated
thanks for giving me the opportunity to work with and for
you. I was just discussing this with Alexia just a week ago
or so when we were both reflecting back on the summer and
everything we did and so forth. I told her I was really
happy that I found Chicago Architecture Today because I
learned a hell of a lot about how to approach and interact
in professional situations and I felt like this was my most
successful internship. So once again thank you so much for
getting me out there in the city, exploring, discovering,
and learning. It was an experience I will NEVER forget,
Thank you. I look forward to working with you in the future
again sometime. Cheers!"
Candidates for internships
must complete and submit an application, resume' and
interview to be considered for a position.
Internships will be served
at Chicago Architecture Today or a local architect's office
if one is available.
The number of internships
available will be in direct correlation to
our needs and our capacity to host a particular number.
It also may depend on the number of architects, firms
willing to participate.
We uniquely provide
internship opportunities to undergrads and international
Internships may be paid or unpaid
depending upon current funding. They may also be
full-time, part-time or on a per/project basis.
The term of an internship
will be subject to the availability of the intern, but
should cover no less than 1-month and can occur in the
spring, summer or fall.
scheduling for work will be determined from the
collaboration between the intern and the internship
facilitator with an implied deference made to the intern's
academic, athletic schedules and other established
Interns have the right to
recuse themselves from any work-related assignment on
grounds of safety, conscience or confidence in
successfully performing that task.
Discuss any problems with
your work supervisor and, if necessary, with the Chicago
Architecture Today LLC,
and your classroom instructor.
In the event of
irreconcilable differences between the intern and the
supervising entity, either party has the right to
terminate the internship agreement.
At the conclusion of the
internship, the intern will receive a certificate with a
rating of either Superior, Excellent, Good or Fair.
a pre-requisite for consideration of any candidate for
internships, a resume’ must be submitted along with the
program application. The following list is a guideline for
many of the things your prospective employers would like to
know. You are free to construct this in a way which best
expresses your personality. This entails including whatever
additional things you deem helpful in defining your
employability which have not been requested.
Phone and e-mail
Objective (a little bit of the what and why as to your
desire for this position)
Education (classes completed, anticipated date of
Project experience (design projects, contests, major class
Resources (i.e. camera, laptop, internet access, video
"My internship for Chicago Architecture
Today was a great experience. I would just like to thank
you for this incredible summer experience. Not only was
this internship great for my career aspirations, but it
was very interesting and fun too. Through this, I feel
like I have taken my career and resume to the next
level, and have established great contacts in Chicago
within the field of Architecture. This internship also
helped connect me to current projects within the city.
There was a good range of projects that allowed me to
showcase a variety of skills. At first, the summer
projects seemed a little overwhelming and intimidating,
but stepping up to the challenge and succeeding was
extremely rewarding. One unique part of the internship
was how the interns had [creative] control over what
projects we were doing, and [how we were] actually
looked to for advice. This allowed me to have ownership
in my projects, which made me dedicated to them.
It was key that the schedule was
flexible, which allowed the interns to have other jobs.
It was also cool how I got to incorporate my [other]
internship with Chicago Architecture Today. At times it
was hard to balance with other work commitments, but
deadlines and weekly meeting helped keep me in check,
even though I had to push some deadlines. I liked how
all the interns got to work together on certain projects
and how we all had similar yet different interests,
opinions and advice, and a great team environment was
established. The entire experience also stimulated my
interest in architecture. [Our supervisor] not only had
a great knowledge of this subject but also put learning
at the forefront. I definitely would like to
continue my involvement in Chicago Architecture Today."
Liz - Univ. of Puerto Rico,
Andrew - UIC, Kyle -Southern Ill, Brian - Univ. of Illi
Treat your internship as you
would treat a job you really want to keep. As an intern, you
have the opportunity to get to know the organization and to
let the employer get to know you. Here’s how you can make
the most of your internship.
During the internship:
Be punctual and
professional and work the number of hours agreed to by
you and your supervisor
Notify the workplace if
you are unable to attend as planned
Show initiative, energy,
Learn from those who have
more experience than you
Participate in team
confidentiality of the workplace, its clients and its
Learn how the company
Behave and dress
appropriately to the particular workplace
After the internship:
Ask for a letter of
recommendation when you leave
Keep in touch with the
Send a thank you letter on
completion of the internship
note that Chicago Architecture Today LLC is not a design
We are currently accepting
applications for our Fall\Winter internship positions.
Although the specific projects have yet to be determined,
preparation for our upcoming international student design
competition and architectural retail product development
will be apart of this terms portfolio. Please submit the application
(above) along with a current resume for consideration. If
you anticipate not being able to in Chicago for an
interview, please forward a current photo via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org All materials should
be sent to this email address as well. Inquiries and
applications will be accepted through May 14, 2013.
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Minimum age requirement of 18
for all positions.
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