Smart Park Design for Bronzeville
Internships set students to work on real-world projects so they not only gain experience for the job market but also get a feel for what areas of their fields might best suit their interests. Future urban planners might go to a city department to restructure the mass transit system, engage with community organizers to address housing inequities, partner with a company building low-carbon retirement complexes, or intern at Chicago's AECOM like Nicole Mormando to help develop public spaces with free wi-fi and real-time alerts and news powered by solar panels in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
Field Trip to Hoover Dam
For a landscape architecture student at Illinois, fieldwork to identify solutions for site-specific limitations might mean heading to a high-traffic Urbana neighborhood, going to the Sustainable Student Farm, strolling the prairie plantings along Florida Avenue, or gathering ideas from a mammoth project firsthand on a trip to the Hoover Dam.
Photo by Cesar Gomez.