Landscape Design Intern

Verdance Landscape Architecture is seeking an enthusiastic future practitioner committed to gaining practical, educational, relevant, and enjoyable experience in the field of residential landscape design.


The Design Intern will work closely with the firm’s Principal to become familiar with:

  • Design concept development, evaluation and production.

  • Implementation of the landscape design. 

  • Interaction with clients, vendors and associates.

  • Business administration, marketing, finance and management.

The work will be tailored to the abilities, interest, and needs of the intern, and may include opportunities to:

  • Understand and effectively participate in the firm’s design process:

    • Develop a basic design program

    • Measure, map, and analyze a residential site

    • Draft a scaled base plan, by hand and/or using CAD software

    • Explore and evaluate design concepts

    • Prepare a rough planting plan, including schedule of plant materials

  • Interact comfortably with clientele, contractors and vendors to ensure a project’s success:

    • Identify and evaluate potential resources, e.g. materials, fixtures, amenities, and/or plants, relevant to the design concept

    • Procure plants and amenities necessary for a project

    • Observe project installation

    • Document installed landscapes

  • Otherwise support the effective functioning of a landscape design studio, for instance:

    • Organize the office resource library

    • Create database(s) of plants, materials, and amenities

    • Participate in the firm’s bookkeeping

    • Write or edit “white papers,” online articles, and other publications

    • Evolve and enhance the firm’s internship program

Success in these endeavors will relate directly to the intern’s initiative and creativity. The intern is expected to inform the firm’s Principal of any needs, interests or expectations not being met during the program.


The ideal candidate is considering a career as a landscape designer or design/build contractor, but is not currently practicing landscape design. They possess:

  • At least a basic theoretical understanding of landscape design principles.

  • At least a basic level of skill in plan drafting, either freehand or with CAD software.

  • At least a basic knowledge of horticulture and regionally appropriate plants.

  • Proficiency with Mac OS, Microsoft Office, and Google Suite.

  • A personable, energetic, and professional presence.

  • Demonstrable creativity, initiative, organization, attention to detail, and effective time management.

hours, location and travel

  • The internship will consist of approximately 120–150 hours over a three-month period, with the opportunity for an extension if mutually agreeable. A specific work schedule will be co-determined by the intern and the firm’s Principal.

  • The intern will work regularly at the firm’s office at 616 Ramona Street, Palo Alto, CA.

  • Occasionally the intern may be asked to travel either with the firm’s Principal or independently to other locations for meetings, seminars, vendors, or other purposes. The intern will use their own transportation and, if driving, must possess liability insurance and a clean driving record.


  • The intern’s performance will be evaluated relative to goals established mutually by the intern and the firm’s Principal at the start of the internship. The intern is strongly encouraged to keep a journal, scrapbook, or other record to assist in documenting and evaluating the experience. The firm may, upon the intern’s request, discuss and/or prepare a summary of the intern’s performance for academic credit.

  • The intern will be compensated at the rate of $15.00 per hour, paid semi-monthly, and subject to applicable federal, state, and local tax withholding. The intern will not receive insurance benefits, allowance for travel or meals, or other regular compensation. Out- of-pocket expenses may be reimbursed with prior approval by the firm’s Principal.


To be considered for this position, provide a letter of interest, a current résumé including relevant education, at least three samples of your best landscape design work (student projects are acceptable), and one sample of your best writing. You may apply via this site. No phone calls, please.