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Landscape Architecture Internship

The Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Office of Planning and Strategic Initiatives will be selecting interns for post-undergraduate internship opportunities..

The internship provides candidates an opportunity for immersion in the working environment of a planning and design office and will add a unique advantage to the intern's resume and future job search. You will also obtain a dynamic and ever-changing behind-the-scenes look at how the National Zoo operates and plans for its future development.

Program Activities Include

  • Research, writing, and design of guidelines and standards for the Zoo's central corridor.
  • Investigation and coordination of strategies to further the integration of green infrastructure into the Zoo's Master Plan.
  • Conducting site investigations and stormwater calculations to identify opportunity sites within the Zoo.
  • Developing concept level designs for new and ongoing projects.
  • Assisting department generally in a variety of master planning and project development efforts.

Required Qualifications

  • Graduate of accredited landscape architectural program with master’s level degree and/or three years of work experience in landscape architecture, architecture, urban design or planning.
  • Strong ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong communication and public speaking skills.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign and/or Illustrator required. Modeling capabilities are an asset but not required.
  • Fluent in reading and writing English.


This is an unpaid position and no stipend is offered. NZP is willing to work with an intern’s school to obtain credit for the internship, but it is the intern’s responsibility to coordinate this effort and verify eligibility with the school.


Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC, on Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. Parking is not provided to interns by the Smithsonian or the Friends of the National Zoo. The Zoo is conveniently located between two Metro stations.

Dates and Hours

The intern is expected to work a minimum of 20 hours a week for a minimum 10 week tenure. Final work schedules will be negotiated.

Application Deadline

  • Spring: November 15
  • Summer Internship: March 3
  • Fall: July 1

To Apply

  1. Go to https://solaa.si.edu and create an account in the Smithsonian On-Line Academic Appointment System (SOLAA).
  2. Go to Internship Opportunities section and submit application materials to the National Zoological Park Internship Program. 
  3. When completing the application, select the project “Rock Creek – Landscape Architecture”. 

Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter describing your interest, qualifications and career plans, including the learning objectives of participation in this internship.
  • Resume
  • Transcript from your current and/or previous institutions (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable).
  • Two recommendations
  • Portfolio samples (to be submitted directly to the email address below)

In addition to completing the basic information and uploading required materials to SOLAA, portfolio work samples (PDF files of 10 MB max) should be emailed to Jennifer Daniels at danielsje@si.edu