Nick Batson ’11 is a member of the Asian Student Union (ASU), a campus tour guide, and a Phi Sigma Kappa brother. Linh Tran ’11 plays Hobart club soccer, is a Resident Assistant, and volunteers as an assistant coach for the Geneva U15 boys’ soccer team. What do these two students have in common other than their class year? They are both architecture majors and this summer they are both interning at Daniel R. Long Architect & Associates located in Geneva, N.Y.
The small office environment is an asset to the students’ experience this summer. With just one assistant and two interns, Long is able to make sure that Batson and Tran are getting plenty of practical experience in and outside of the office. “He’s really accommodating us, trying to make things interesting,” says Tran. Whether they are learning how to use AutoCAD software in the office or taking measurements on site at one of Long’s many current projects, they are always learning. “I’m definitely beginning to see how architecture is an interdisciplinary field because of all the different aspects that go into designing and building,” says Batson.
At this point in their coursework, neither of the rising juniors has been exposed to AutoCAD or other architecture software in the classroom. But Long’s willingness to teach them how to use the software in real life situations is invaluable.
“It’s giving me a better idea of what the profession is. It’s building my interest in the area of study, too,” says Tran in reference to learning how to use the software. Since their internships began in June, they have gone from just plugging in measurements to taking their own measurements and using them with AutoCAD to produce their own drawings.
Doing an internship in the town where their college is located also has its benefits. Working in downtown Geneva “Makes me feel like more of a part of the Geneva community,” explains Tran, who recently took measurements in the building that houses one of his favorite restaurants downtown.