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.

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

Internships, part-time work, study abroad, and company summer programs are great ways to refine your professional direction. Take as many opportunities as you can to explore the arenas available to you through planning, urban design and landscape architecture. We believe that our program may be one of the most important and enjoyable experiences you have in your early professional development. We encourage full-time students (returning Fall 2019) of planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture to apply. Selected applicants will participate in a five-week studio in Laguna Beach, CA followed by three weeks in one of SWA’s eight offices. Summer Student Program includes stipend and housing.

About the 2019 Summer Program Endless Summer:

Harbor Boulevard stretches north-south, defining the central axis of the urban grid of north Orange County. It traverses from the Santa Ana Mountains, a coastal hill range, to the Pacific Ocean passing through some of the most iconic areas of Orange County, including Disneyland. Rapidly urbanizing, Orange County struggles with a lack of mobility options and a crisis in attainable housing. SWA’s 2019 Summer Student Program will explore the intersection of new forms of mobility and housing, examining how design solutions can create a new way of moving through our urban environments, shaping our public realm and generating innovative development patterns.


Submission Requirements:

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

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2019

Date of Notification: March 22, 2019

Laguna Beach Studio: June 1 – July 6

Office Internship: July 7 – July 26

SWA 2019 Summer Program

570 Glenneyre St

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Subject of Email must be: SWA 2019 Summer Program

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If materials are over 5MB, send via wetransfer or other site for downloading (maximum of 20MB) Applicants must be currently enrolled in the 2019 school year.