Intern Corner: Learning How to Learn from Your Peers

By: Omar Salim

Within the last seven months, I have had one of the most valuable internship experiences to date. Considering most internships last a duration of 2-3 months, I was very fortunate to pursue my residency program at STG Design for an extended amount of time, which not only enhanced my internship experience, but also offered the opportunity to invest myself in a plethora of projects and the people behind them, which most interns wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do.

If there is one word to I can use to describe STG, it’s “people.” After many internships, one obstacle that I’ve noticed many interns face is accommodating so many different personalities within the office space, which often times affects whether an internship feels like a success or a failure. Fortunately, STG fosters an environment where the people you work with and their skill set allow employees to grow so quickly within the realm of architecture.

In this blog, I’m sure I could have talked about many things, including that one time I misdrew the property line by 15’ on a site plan, or the time that I walked up 23 flights of stairs at Seaholm to do a punch walk because I couldn’t find the elevator; but I think what has offered me the most value over the past seven months at STG has to be the people, and their willingness to share their craft and support me as I thrive towards becoming an Architect.

If I could give any advice to any future Interns at STG, or elsewhere, I would say to make sure you invest yourself into the people around you, because that is the where the true value of working in an office is. Google, YouTube, and Lynda will always be great resources to learning Architecture tools, but the wisdom of real world Architecture can only come from the practitioners, so invest in them just as much as you invest yourself into the practice.

 “Good buildings come from good people, and all problems are solved by good design.” – Stephen Gardiner

Omar Salim’s last year of school at the University of Texas at Austin begins this fall. He has said that his dream job is either an NBA player or President of STG Design. We have benefited greatly from his time at STG and have our fingers crossed for the latter!