Critical Places Internships

Critical Places seeks graduate/undergraduate students or recent graduates in landscape architecture, urban design or architecture for assistance with several community development projects in rural India.

PERIOD: Internships will begin by May-end of 2018 and will be 10 to 12 weeks in length. Internships can be extended for a longer period of 6 to 12 months. Please state desired length of internship in your application (beginning-end dates).

PREREQUISITES: Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 years of study in an undergraduate program or 1 year of study in a graduate program in the fields of landscape architecture, urban design or architecture. Interns must bring their own laptops with the following applications: Adobe Suite, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Rhino/SketchUp and GIS. Proficiency in these software applications is expected.

STIPEND: Interns should expect to pay for their return air-fare to India. All local travel arrangements in India will be provided free-of-cost. A stipend to cover basic out-of-pocket expenses in India will be provided.

MEALS & HOUSING: All team members will be provided 3 meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) free-of-cost during the project work. Accommodations (double occupancy) will be provided free-of-cost for all the interns.

REQUIREMENTS: Please send a letter of interest, resume, portfolio of works not exceeding 10 pages and contact of 3 references to

DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, and no later than April 15, 2018. Late applicants will be considered if there are positions available.

WORK: Interns will participate in field and studio-based work such as site study, community engagement activities, surveys, project design and development, research, diagramming and rendering, material research, and design/management of the construction of a small design-build public play-space.

KEY CONTACT: For questions, contact Alpa Nawre:

Alpa Nawre is Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at University of Florida, and one of the Founders of Critical Places. Alpa holds a Masters in Urban Design from Harvard Graduate School of Design, a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from NIT, Raipur, India. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) and on the Alumni Advisory Council of Harvard GSD. Alpa is a licensed landscape architect in Kansas, a licensed architect in India, and a LEED AP.

ABOUT: Critical Places is a group of landscape architects, urbanists, architects, and engineers dedicated to working with under-served communities in India to design and develop places critical to human well-being. The positive impact and transformation in people and communities is at the heart of all our efforts. We work closely with all stakeholders to address critical rural issues such as water scarcity and waste-management through design strategies, engaging in physical transformation through small projects, and in the process creating a stronger, more cohesive and forward-looking community. Designs are collectively developed with stakeholders and each project includes a participatory design-build component.

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