Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Arts: Design/Studio/Theatre
Student Name: Jared Vallair
Graduation Year: 2014
Major: Architectural Studies
Minor: None
Position Title: Student Architect
Hours: 45 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid but receiving Career Center grant, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

 The morning consisedof mandatory lectures and seminars related to various disciplines in architecture. Next were five hour Studio Workshop Sessions where we worked on three projects, throughout the 6 week program, including final reviews before a panel of jurors who were practicing architects or graduates from Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

How did you find this internship?

My instructor for my Architectural Design course during sophomore year recommended the program as a good architectural experience that would better prepare students for the major and graduate school.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

 I enjoyed the fact that the program operated through the Graduate School of Design, and that the diversity of the program allowed me to work on group assignments with people varying in age(17-57), race, ethnicity, color, nationality, belief, and educational background. The numerous ways that many of us in the program differed was one of the greatest unifiers of the program; that and the many tight project deadlines which kept us working late in the studio.

What do you find challenging?

 Completing the projects within the deadlines was most challenging because we were given the first week of the program to complete the first project, and for the second project, 2 weeks, and the final 3 weeks were to be devoted to the final project assignment; all of which had information disseminated in a way that really narrowed our ability to work without immense pressure. (I don’t really understand this part. Can we delete it?) All of it was still worth every hour of sleep lost because those challenges helped me to grow in many ways in the field of architecture.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Persevere. Push your limits to always image something greater because making iterations of a design concept will truly lead to a greater final product.

About the Organization

Harvard Career Discovery Program
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Exploring a new perspective, testing limits, and expanding potential are concepts central to the design and planning professions—and to what Career Discovery. The students spend most of their time, including evenings and weekends, in a stimulating studio environment at the GSD that mirrors a graduate level studio experience. They learn to analyze any challenge from multiple angles, pursuing new ways of thinking and seeking out creative solutions. In the studio, a student’s participation, dedication, and enthusiasm are essential to success.