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College of Environment and Design

Landscape Architecture + Planning Career and Internship Fair - Student Perspective

February 6, 2018, Jackson Street Building

UGA’s Career Center and the CED partnered this month to setup The Landscape Architecture + Planning Career and Internship Fair. The event, lasting from 1:30 – 4:30 pm, offered many students the opportunity to see what all their hard work is driving them towards. Students at all levels of educational experience were given the chance to chat and present their portfolios/resumes in hopes of future internships and jobs.

Student and Practitioner in discussion

Some students, like first year MLA student Deborah Kim, were able to walk away with a better understanding of what potential future employers would be expecting. Kim said, “It was very helpful, I thought it was nice going in with no pressure as a first year being able to ask a lot of questions of people who are in current practice. It was great to get perspective from actual employers of what they are looking for from students. They were all very eager to give advice too!”

Student and Practitioner in discussion

Thirty-four firms and companies were in attendance, offering students a variety of potential options to pursue - from landscape management to professional practice, city contracting, and nonprofit development. Firms and companies in attendance included:

AEC, Inc.
Chatham Landscaping Service, Inc.
Chen Moore
City of Atlanta
Columbia Engineering and Services, Inc.
Doyle Herman Design Associates
Eberly & Associates
Ed Castro Landscape, Inc.
Environmental Design Studio, Inc.
Environs Design Studio
GSLA Design
HighGrove Partners
KAIZEN Collaborative
Landworks Design Group, PA
Lord Aeck Sargent
Miller Landscape, Inc.
Moreland Altobelli
New Leaf Landscape Services
Niles Bolton Associates
Norris Design
Outside Productions Inc
Park Pride
Perry Becker Design
Planners and Engineers Collaborative, Inc.
Russell Landscape
Seamon, Whiteside & Associates, Inc.
Site Solutions
TBG Partners
Thomas & Hutton
Travis Pruitt & Associates
Witmer Jones Keefer, Ltd.

Fourth year BLA Ryan Hunt said, “From a fourth-year’s perspective, I was surprised to see just how many firms participated in this year’s career fair. Having been to several of the events in the past it’s cool to see growth in potential opportunities within the field.”

Dean Dan and practitioner in discussion

Isabel Hinsch, fourth year BLA, announced (emphatically), “This year’s fair was really great, the variety of firm types and locations gave us a great picture of what the job market is like right now. The companies that came were engaging and had some awesome opportunities. With the growth of this job fair from last year I can only imagine that next year’s fair will be even better.”

As third year MLA Daniel Schwartz put it, “It was encouraging to see so many firms eager to talk with us and looking to hire people at the entry level. It’s clearly a good time to be graduating in terms of the market! It was also a great opportunity to practice networking, and I came away feeling more confident and well-prepared as I start the job hunt.”