Seeking Architectural Summer Intern for Design/Build Firm

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Suzanne Zahr Inc. / SZ Build (SZ) is an Architect-led Design/Build firm on Mercer Island that works with residential, corporate, and retail clientele. We are currently seeking applications for an Architectural Intern position at our Mercer Island office.

SZ is looking for candidates who are currently in or entering their final academic year of a Master’s or professional Bachelor’s degree in Architecture or Interior Architecture, or are enrolled in their final year of a Bachelor’s program and interested in the areas of Architecture, Interior Design, and Construction Management.

As an Intern at SZ, you will perform a broad variety of drafting and/or design tasks under the direct supervision of a Project Architect in order to support the ongoing project load. Interns need to have working knowledge of design drawings, documentation, application of color, materials, and aesthetic form in order to perform the functions of this position.

Applicants must provide a resume and samples of work to show ability to meet key responsibilities listed below.  We will review all applicants and contact finalists directly via email to set up an interview. Internships last approximately 3 months, and the start date will be based on when the current school semester is finished. Email correspondence is best; no phone calls, please.


  • Modify drawings to incorporate design and technical changes as directed by the Designer and can include creation or modification of renderings and/or elevations

  • Create or modify presentation documents

  • Select finishes and produce finish palettes

  • Assist with site verifications, field surveys, or punch walks

  • Be willing and able to extend and/or execute existing design solutions, with an opportunity to contribute ideas and concepts to project as needed

  • Provide administrative support for projects, such as record keeping, copying, packaging, filing, etc.

  • Assist with art gallery functions and general event planning


  • Currently enrolled in an Architecture or Interior Design and/or Construction Management program

  • Currently enrolled in fourth year of a Bachelor’s program or higher

  • Have a forward-thinking, “Let’s get it done” attitude

  • Identify problems and bring forward solution options when asked

  • Clear, timely and articulate communications including spoken, formal and informal (email) written communication with clients and consultants, and transparent and cordial communication with other employees and project team members

  • Be a team player who can take direction when needed being proactive as the situation requires

  • Have a curiosity and enjoyment of life and your work


  • Working knowledge of design methodology

  • Working knowledge of design drawings and documentation.

  • Working knowledge of the application of color, materials, and aesthetic form

  • Intermediate sketching and rendering skills

  • Basic verbal and written communication skills

  • Basic knowledge of design process and phasing procedures

  • Basic MS Office application skills

  • Intermediate knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop

  • Working knowledge of space planning

  • Intermediate Revit and/or AutoCAD skills (Revit preferred)


SZ offers an excellent compensation package including a competitive salary, medical/dental insurance, and potential performance bonuses for full-time salaried employees. Interns and/or part-time employees will be compensated on an hourly-basis. SZ is an equal opportunity employer that encourages a work-life balance in a comfortable environment.


We are committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

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