If you had of told me a year ago that I would be coming to Vancouver and doing an Internship I would’ve called you crazy! I’d always planned on doing some traveling after completed my studies in March, but North America definitely wasn’t on my radar. A holiday before beginning my working career seemed like the perfect way to end a long six year stint at University. After a bit of planning, in the back of my mind I had the idea that I could also try and get some work experience whilst overseas, something flashy for the resume and hopefully a way to kickstart my career. After brainstorming some possible locations, I read a lot about Vancouver as it is ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and as a Graduate Architect I was excited by the cities significant urban renewal projects and their ambitious goal of becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020.
After making the decision to travel to Canada, I came across INTERNeX’s website by chance and got in contact with them. The process was really easy and straight forward, and thanks to their large network of contacts I was promptly offered the opportunity to complete an internship in a downtown architecture office, a partnership between three small firms with a variety of experiences between its members. Two weeks in and I am definitely not disappointed, I have already learnt so much and know that there is still plenty to come.
The timing was perfect as the office is currently in the schematic design phase (the beginning, the most exciting part) of a community, administration and health centre for a first nations band in northern British Columbia. I am incredibly grateful to be involved in such an interesting indigenous project that is so different than anything I have already experienced at home. Tasks I have completed so far include making study models, exploring different possibilities for the potential building forms, and assisting the Architects with other small tasks. I have also had the opportunity to sit in on many fascinating meetings with different project consultants such as engineers and landscape architects. Some days my head feels like it will explode from trying to absorb so much information!
Vancouver is such a beautiful city and I am so happy with my decision to come here. There is so much to do and being here for an extended period whilst completing my internship will allow me plenty of opportunities to see all this amazing city has to offer. So far I have managed to explore the stunning Stanley Park and many of the unique downtown neighborhoods, Gastown where I’m working is super trendy and definitely a favorite. I’ve met some fantastic people from all over the world and taken part in some great activities, many of which I never would have expected, such as a hilarious Canadian tuxedo party (because we all secretly love denim on denim). Leaving Vancouver will definitely be hard, and it’s looking increasingly likely that it won’t happen till well after originally planned. If you’re considering coming here for an internship – do it! You definitely won’t regret it.