How did you discover the architecture / interior design profession and why did you decide to study architecture?

I have always known I wanted to do something in the building or architectural field. It stemmed from an architectural boat tour I took in Chicago when I was in elementary school. From there, I knew working in the built environment was something I wanted to do. I started out at ISU in engineering, then switched to architecture because I needed a more creative outlet. I found my niche in the College of Design.

How did you learn about INVISION and the internship opportunities available?

A few of my friends worked in the Des Moines office last summer and said they enjoyed it.

What type of work and projects did you experience in your summer internship?

I was split evenly between projects and administrative tasks. I modeled a deck, worked on field verifications and modeling, edited sheets for the new Cedar Falls High School, worked with Revit families, and did some sustainability modeling. A healthy variety of projects!

What type of personal development opportunities did you experience during your summer internship?

I honestly had not had much experience with Microsoft Teams or working remotely in an office, so it was interesting working through tasks and projects with people virtually.

What was your favorite thing about your summer internship?

I enjoyed assisting with field verifications and making floor plans from scratch in Revit. I love doing site visits — getting out to experience different buildings and meet clients.

What stood out to you the most about your internship experience?

Just listening to conversions around me in the studio was super fascinating. Each person has their own personality and way they go about presenting to’ and receiving information from clients. Even though it may seem artificial, interacting with people over the phone and screen is just as important in real life. Learning how to do so by listening to these interactions was certainly a unique aspect of the summer