Create, collaborate, and innovate with a Sasaki internship.
Sasaki is now accepting applications for the 2018 summer internship class!
Thinking about applying for an internship with Sasaki? Well, there are a few things we thought you might like to know about us:
We have 30 current full-time employees who started out as interns.
Our office is incredibly diverse—94 of us speak more than one language and 25 speak more than two.
Our work has won 650+ awards in design, planning, and marketing.
We support alternative transportation, with over 40 Sasakians biking to work regularly.
Our Fab Lab team creates prototypes and models onsite using state-of-the-art rapid prototyping equipment.
In the summer, we host movie nights on a giant inflatable movie screen and happy hours on our deck.
Designers' professional development is supported through a number of opportunities, including weekly lunch and learns.
We engage in pop-up guerrilla campaigns that make our communities better and stronger.
So yes, we think it's a pretty dynamic place to spend a summer. But, enough about us. We want to learn about you.
Are you an enthusiastic student with big ideas for the built environment? Are you looking for a chance to work with a diverse, interdisciplinary team of designers and tackle some of the world’s most interesting design and planning challenges? We want to hear from you. Apply now for Sasaki’s 2018 summer internship program!
We're seeking interns for:
Planning & Urban Design
10–12 week paid program from June 4 to August 31, 2018
Applications due February 9, 2018
Only complete applications will be reviewed. Candidates must upload:
-One page explanation of goals and expectations for the Summer Intern Program
One faculty letter of recommendation must be mailed or emailed by February 9, 2018 to:
Sasaki Associates, Inc.
C/O Summer Internship Program
Applicants can email their letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interviews the week of February 26, 2018
Notifications by March 19, 2018
Find out more about previous internship classes and the research and charrettes they participated in:
on Instagram: sasakisummerinterns
on our blog: Internship 2017: Roxbury Love, Meet the 2017 Internship Class, 2016 Internship Class Presents Playscape Design, 2016 Interns Tour Boston Playscapes
in this report: 2016 Intern Charrette Report
An internship at Sasaki is exciting, rewarding, and a career catalyst for many. Below, current Sasaki staff members who started out as interns share their experiences:
Coming from a background with exposure primarily in nonprofits and municipal-based planning work, my summer internship at Sasaki was my first exposure to a large design firm. From day one, I was welcomed by and exposed to professionals at the firm working across its many disciplines. Sasaki’s practice is unique, yet practical in its approach. The world we live and the challenges we face are multi-faceted, and therefore our design solutions should take the same approach. As a young professional intending to pursue a master’s degree in planning, my role in the marketing department has given me an invaluable experience to learn the top-down operations of the design industry. Throughout the internship and ongoing into my work as a full-time marketing coordinator, I have been able to learn about the framework of projects across an array of project types. I am thankful for the many teams I have worked with who have taught me the important values collaboration, optimism, and communication in order to produce great work. My experience here at Sasaki has been key to my early career development and I would definitely recommend the internship program to others who seek this same growth.
My freshmen year in school I remember joking I would one day work at Sasaki. Today, as a landscape architect at the firm, I can say that if you want to challenge the skills you learn in school or previous experiences, a Sasaki internship is the place. As an intern, I was immediately immersed into project work as a contributing team member whose opinion was valued—some projects I worked on as an intern are now built. The internship is a great way to dig into a large scale multi-disciplinary design firm, and explore what it means to collaborate, put your skills to the test, and explore while in the design spotlight. I would recommend the experience to anyone looking to further their career in an insightful, fun, learning environment.
Ming-Jen Hsueh, Sasaki Senior Associate
Harvard Graduate School of Design, '09
The summer internship at Sasaki was an excellent way to immerse myself in the daily workings of a thriving interdisciplinary design firm. I was looking to challenge and test the design skills I was learning in school, as well as to gain a sense of how a large, multifaceted firm gets projects built, and the internship provided opportunity for me to achieve both. The charrette and project-related work were planned thoughtfully and thoroughly by Sasaki, ensuring that the overall experience provided a well-balanced, stimulating opportunity for design exploration. The collaborative relationships I developed with my fellow interns and with the professionals at Sasaki were key to my early career development, and I would highly recommend the program.
Susannah Ross, Sasaki Senior Associate
Harvard University Graduate School of Design, '03
Sasaki was my first exposure to interdisciplinary site design work. [During] the second week of the internship, I worked closely with two teams of interns who came from architectural or landscape architectural backgrounds. In many ways, this assignment mimicked the actual design process that occurs at Sasaki every day. Throughout the internship, I attended internal design meetings, made site construction visits, and attended meetings with the client. I worked on both local and international projects ranging from resorts to college athletic fields. This exposure to site civil engineering increased my confidence as an engineer. It was the most complete and educational of the four internships I attended before graduating and was an integral experience to furthering my professional career.
Zach Chrisco, PE, Sasaki Principal
Tufts University, '04