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Arch/Design High School Internships

Summer Friday

Interns take part in six Summer Fridays, touring notable architectural, cultural, and historical sites across Boston.

Image Credit: Chase Richardson

The BSA and BSA Foundation aim to create opportunities for local students to build awareness about architecture while exploring potential career paths. By partnering with the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the BSA is able to connect interested Boston Public School (BPS) students with paid career exploration and internship opportunities for the duration of their high school careers.

The Architecture/Design High School Internship provides public high school students with the opportunity to explore architecture through a six-week immersion at local architecture firms. Students represent a variety of BPS high schools and range from rising 10th-grade students to newly graduated. With participating firms ranging in size, approach, and focus, returning interns experience a unique perspective on architecture each summer.

This program is the annual culmination of BSA's partnership with the PIC (2017-present), matching architecture firms in the BSA's network with students interested in architecture/design. Each architecture placement is also part of the City of Boston's Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program, an initiative that aims to place 8,000 Boston youth in paid opportunities each summer.

To supplement the weekly internship, participating students now benefit from an enhanced Summer Fridays series (2018-present) through a collaboration (2022-present) with local firms, Sasaki Foundation's Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED), and The Designery/YouthBuild Boston’s High School Internship programs.

Evolving each year, the Architecture/Design High School Internship connects students with real-world paths to the profession, firms with the next generation, and like-minded design education providers with one another.


July 8-August 16, 2024

Local architecture firms



Grade Levels
9-12, Boston Public Schools


January-March: Firm interest and intake
February: Student applications launch
March-June: Internship planning
May: Student interviews and hiring
July-August: Internship and Summer Fridays
September: Firm Debriefs
October-January: Cross-firm support


Boston Private Industry Council

Host Firms

Elkus Manfredi Architects

Finegold Alexander Architects

Goody Clancy

HMFH Architects

Leers Weinzapfel Associates


Summer Fridays
Sasaki Foundation

The Designery
/YouthBuild Boston

Get Involved

Interested in hosting a high school internship at your firm this summer or learning more about the program? The BSA and PIC are here to help, as well as a network of firms currently hosting internships. For more information, contact Design Education and Engagement Manager, Taylor Johnson (BSA), [email protected].


Thank you to all the firms who have participated and supported the development of this program. To support this and other K-12 programs, consider donating to the BSA Foundation.

K-12 Design Education

Questions about the Architecture/Design High School Internship or other K-12 Design Education programs? Feel free to reach out to Design Education and Engagement Manager, Taylor Johnson, [email protected].

Learn more about K-12 Design Education