Teaching is a core value at the firm. Each year, SWA sponsors a student internship program in our studios, examining a real-world issue in its host community to hone the skills of the next generation of practitioners.

We regret to announce that the upcoming SWA Summer Student Program, “Fluvial Urbanism,” has been cancelled for 2020.  It was an especially hard decision to make knowing so many students had already submitted applications, but with the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 situation, we felt it prudent to postpone the program until 2021.  We appreciate everyone’s interest in the Summer Student Program and look forward to resuming this opportunity next year.  -SWA

The SWA Summer Student Program is an excellent opportunity for university students to learn, grow, and have real-life design experiences.

Fluvial Urbanism is a studio that focuses on envisioning a new urban future for Orange County, CA through engaging the Santa Ana River. Work with SWA urban designers, allied consultants and city agencies in dreaming what is possible

Internships, part-time work, study abroad, and company summer programs are great ways to refine your professional direction. SWA’s summer internship program offers an important and enjoyable opportunity for early professional development experience. We encourage full-time students (returning Fall 2020) of planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture to apply. Selected applicants will participate in a five-week design studio in our Laguna Beach office that focuses on a real world challenge followed by three weeks interning in one of SWA’s eight office locations. Summer Student Program includes stipend and housing.

Summer Program Submission Info
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  • Introductory Video: 1 minute
  • Letter of interest
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (minimum of 2)
  • Portfolio (maximum of 10 pages)

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2020
Date of Notification: March 20, 2020
Laguna Beach Studio: May 30–July 5, 2020
Office Internship: July 6–July 24, 2020

SWA 2020 Summer Program
570 Glenneyre St
Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Applicants must be currently enrolled in the 2020 school year.