Dumbarton Oaks is an ideal location for the study of landscape architecture, since it combines a unique historic garden setting with the resources of a specialist library and a world-renowned scholarly program. The Landscape Architecture intern will take advantage of these extraordinary resources to formulate a research project appropriate to the history and mission of Dumbarton Oaks, under the guidance of the Director of Garden and Landscape Studies. The research project will be pursued during three days per week. In the remaining two days, the intern will gain first-hand experience working in the gardens under the supervision of a garden crew leader. In this role, the intern will learn planting design, maintenance and management strategies as they apply to a historic garden.
The research projects of past interns have been of great value to Dumbarton Oaks in understanding the institution’s place in garden history and urban landscapes. But they are equally important in continuing a long tradition of encouraging the scholarly interests and research skills of design students. Through them, Dumbarton Oaks has had a formative influence on a group of scholar-practitioners who went on to make a distinct and significant contribution to the field.
To apply, please submit, preferably as a single pdf document, the following materials: 1.) a résumé; 2.) a statement of interest describing your proposed research topic; any relevant experience; and how this internship fits into your personal and professional development; 3.) the names of three referees familiar with your scholarly work (one of whom must submit a letter in support of your application by the March 3 deadline by emailing directly to Internships@doaks.org); and 4.) a writing sample, such as a short paper submitted for a history or theory class.
For more details, please write to Internships@doaks.org.