We met once a week to discuss our experiences, what it means to be an environmental leader, and how to prepare for the professional world.  

By l David Weiss ’17
Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Environmental Studies (Environmental Science emphasis) 

I chose to intern at Locus Architecture in Minneapolis because I wanted to explore the field of sustainable architecture while gaining some experience in the business and corporate worlds as well. 

It was great to see all of the enthusiasm for green design and construction, but the best thing about the internship was seeing how the concepts and ideas I’ve learned about in environmental studies classes can be applied. I was surprised to learn about the numerous strategies, products, and technologies available to make homes and other buildings more sustainable. 

My primary project was to develop a comprehensive brochure on how to build a sustainable, new construction home and how to do a green remodel. Most days, I did research and worked with InDesign to make the brochure. I also worked on some typical projects that architects do, such as a writing a proposal for an eco-friendly housing development. 

My internship was part of the Environmental Leadership Practicum, which has a seminar in conjunction with the internship. Everyone in the seminar had different environmentally themed internships, and we met once a week to discuss our experiences, what it means to be an environmental leader, and how to prepare for the professional world.  

I would encourage students considering an internship to look into some that might be a little out of their comfort zones. I jumped into this internship with little graphic design experience, and learned a lot about conveying information effectively and in an aesthetically-pleasing manner. 

February 29 2016

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