Recently the ASLA website posted a listing for a SUMMER INTERNSHIP that required the following:
A degree in Landscape Architecture
4-5 YEARS of experience in similar projects
“Very strong comuter skills starting with a high proficiency in AutoCAD.” InDesign, Photoshop and Sketch-Up a +
“Candidate must possess very strong skill set and be organized and be able to jump right in to contribute to the effective execution of the design process.”
The internship is paid hourly with the promise of full time work in the fall if the person is the “right fit” and work is available.
No wage is listed and benefits are doubtfully included since the position is paid hourly.
The ASLA was notified that this posting seemed exploitive in the current economy considering the amount of experience and education needed to qualify. The posting has since been ammended to “Summer Position with Full Time Potential.”
This is the typical b.s. you see, now likely in all sectors. It existed before, but now its just beyond ridiculous. There is no recourse for the candidates. It existed before, with work sometimes able to sustain the employee. Now its just a free for all. Companies will cut to the bone and practically lay you off before you get the job, its quite disheartening. Project oriented work is so unstable, that the culture of any design or development firm is fickle. very fickle.
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