A Pathway to Professional Success for Students

A Pathway to Professional Success for Students

By UM News

A Pathway to Professional Success for Students

By UM News
U-SoA has created a pathway for highly-qualified students to be hosted at top design leaders’ and thinkers’ offices.
Research, sets this program apart from traditional student internships. This multidisciplinary collaboration leverages three partners: the enthusiasm and up-to-date methods of the student, the real-world design agenda of the host office, and the academic expertise of the U-SoA faculty. Students will spend 40 hours a week at the host office with 50% of the time conducting professional work and 50% spent on research. Host offices include: JLH Architect, Zyscovich, Miami-Dade County Parks Department, Perkins & Will, Florez Lopez Architects, DPZ, and Center for Urban and Community Design. One student, Joshua Durkee noted, “the program gave me a better sense of interacting with clients, contractors and the creation of construction documents. It helped inform me on what size / style of firm best suites me and I am now reconsidering grad school after I refine my preferences in firms for employment." Mary Wessinger, (another participating student) said, “the program helped me to know that urban planning is not for me and inspired me to go to grad school to learn more about architecture.” Further proof in the success of this initiative is that an overwhelming 50% of participating students are asked back by the host offices for potential employment. For additional information, please contact Wyn G. Bradley, Director of Programs, wbradley@miami.edu.