We came across The ISSUE: Collective a student run blog out the UT – Austin School of Architecture, which had an amazing section where students talk about their internship experiences with some of the top design firms around the world. From Herzog & de Meuron, Jean Nouvel, Olson Kundig Architects and lastly the one we decided to give you a peak of today of EMBT by Agustin Cepeda. Their tales are something all young designers can relate to, even my own internship at THEVERMYMANY is coming to the end. We urge you to follow the link and check out the rest of the interns experiences.
“Jobless, I boarded the Dallas-Madrid flight on June 1, 2011. I had contacted 12 firms by this point, and was traveling with ten hand-cut and bound portfolios wrapped in t-shirts, safely in cargo. (If I didn’t find a job, I’d just hang out on the beach with my family, who was flying with me.) Once in Spain, after Carme Pinós studio graciously declined, I asked if I could come by their office anyway since I was in the area (7 hour bus ride = in the area). In Barcelona, I was able to make arrangements to interview with EMBT. After carefully looking through my portfolio, Director of Studio Dani Rossello told me in the same breath that he thought it would be nice if I stayed with them for six months, that they did not pay, that people were begging to work for them, and that I was highly replaceable. So, I moved to Barcelona.
There are as many interns at the office as staff, about 20 each, and interns take on any and all degree of tasks. The interns were my favorite part of EMBT – they are all good natured, highly motivated, well-intentioned, multi-lingual, and funny about their penniless plight. EMBT excels at pulling an international crowd of interns, and it’s fun to work with so many languages. I was lucky to be placed on the same team during my entire stay at EMBT, working on a recently won competition for Fudan University in Shanghai, China, and was able to contribute to many facets of the design as well as the management of the project.
August was the most exciting month…” -Agustín Cepeda
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