Summer Internship Program

Location: San Francisco, CA

WRNS Studio is called “studio” for a reason: through open, in-house critiques and roving tutors, we engage in an ongoing critical discussion about how the firm’s buildings can most powerfully evoke place, while avoiding the trivializing effects of mimicry. The result is two-fold: a vigorous culture of education, linking the academy and practice; and a distinguished portfolio of buildings spanning a broad range of programmatic type, fundamentally rooted in mission, place, time, culture and human aspiration.

We believe in challenging, teaching, researching and growing in all aspects of our work. We are seeking interns who are curious, engaged and proactive (and will even teach us a thing or two). It is our belief that the best education WRNS can offer you is to treat you as a young professional — a staff member — so that you can learn about the integrated process of design and construction through real projects, in real time. We will designate work based on your skill sets and specific project needs, as we would with any staff member, and we will do our best to accommodate any specific goals you have for your time with us.

To ensure a truly rich, diverse experience, our internships include educational activities that will support the work you do in the studio. These activities will broaden your exposure to many aspects of the profession and arm you with skills you will need throughout your professional career as an architect:

  • Research Presentation — Over the course of your internship, you will be required to conduct research on a topic themed around a particular issue chosen by the office. At the end of your internship, you will give a short presentation to the studio sharing your findings. This will mirror similar presentations given by staff at our many culture events (SkillSHARE, Scholarship Presentations, WRNS U and more).
  • Construction Visit — You will have several opportunities to visit a WRNS Studio project, completed or under construction. Site visits are an important way to connect drawing to structure, and our studio schedules regular visits for staff to see construction progress for projects on the boards.
  • Internship Recap and Assessment — At the completion of your internship you will meet with a staff advocate and the internship group to provide an opportunity for you to share our experience and benefit from a candid conversation of our experience with you.

Internship Time Line

  • Application Deadline: Saturday, February 29th, 2020; No late submission will be accepted / reviewed.
  • Interviews: March 16th through March 27th.
  • Final Decisions: Friday, April 3rd, 2020
  • Internship Dates: If selected, your internship start and end dates can be negotiated. Typically, internships occur between the months of May and September.

Application Requirements

Please fill out the Application Form: HERE. It is critical that all applicants follow these submission requirements, as WRNS will not review incorrect applications. Single PDF Only. 10MB limit. Order your PDF as follows: Cover Letter, Resume, Portfolio. File naming convention: LastName_FirstName_2020Portfolio

We can’t wait to hear from you!