This was after attending the European Career Fair, an event that I attended with utmost trepidation. I spent 45 minutes there before my only pair of nice black shoes, a pair of 2.5 inch heels with very slightly pointed toes, made it expedient for me to leave. I garnered no job offers, left no resumes, but successfully obtained the names of two places I could apply for grad school.
Which leads to: Sharon's current opportunities. In alphabetical order. (Not really. I mean, maybe.)
ASCA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture) Re-Ligare Design Competition
Source: Architecture departmental email (woot)
What: A design competition for a community center thingy in an urban place thingy
Why: It frankly sounds kind of dumb and time-intensive. But I'm not in studio this term and it would be good portfolio-fodder.
Follow-up: Registration (free, another reason to at least give it a shot) due February 9. Project due May 19. https://www.acsa-arch.org/competitions/09-10%20Comp/10AISCWebsite/program.html
Barilla Pasta Company
Source: European Career Fair.
What: I'm not sure. However, they have "Communications and External Relations" (writing? speaking?), "Marketing" (advertising? advertising design?), and "Research" (food scientist?) departments, all of which are "continuously accepting candidates for internships."
Why: Their website claims they have a "variety of positions" (not actually a direct quote) in 40 countries. Also their application is short.
Bauhaus University Weimar
Source: European Career Fair
What: Master's degree
Why: It's called "archineering." I'm not sure exactly what this means, but it sounds interesting.
Follow-up: There is some sort of German education commission: http://www.daad.de/deutschland/index.en.html. I hear tell you can get money to go study German in Germany beforehand, too.
Delft University of Technology
Source: European Career Fair
What: Master's Degree.
Why: They have a joint master's program in civil engineering and architecture. Also they're in Delft. I hear tell this university is more reasonably priced than MIT. (Okay, just checked. It is more reasonable -- just not great -- about $12,000 a year. And I probably couldn't get shit for scholarships.)
Follow-up: Applications due April 1, 2010. http://www.tudelft.nl/live/pagina.jsp?id=15dfc14a-88bd-41a3-a268-a6676611d011〈=en Also I should email the lady I talked to at the career fair.
Kelly Essay Prize 2010
Source: Random surfing of MIT website
What: A writing competition for humanities; two $800 prizes
Why: Money. Also a good reason to do a dry run of my thesis. (other competition have money prizes too, but most of them I am so unlikely to win I didn't mention it in the "why" section.)
Follow-up: THESIS @#$"@423$#@#ing research. Deadline: April 22.
KMD Architects internship
Source: Architecture departmental email
What: 3-month summer architecture internship on the west coast; paid (minus plane tickets)
Why: Resume fodder. It's paid. I don't have enough backups. It probably won't take that long to apply.
Follow-up: Yeah, the portfolio thing again. The application is due April 1. http://www.kmdarchitects.com/KmdArchitects.html
MADFAB design competition
Source: MIT + Architecture departmental email.
What: A competition to design a digitally fabricated bench or low table.
Why: Portfolio fodder. Also furniture design is awesome.
Follow-up: Register (read: brainstorm some kind of idea) by February 5. Develop proposal by February 19. Create a design prototype by March 29. http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2010/madfab-0127.html
MIT Impact Week
What: Propose a community development project before March 1 OR just work on some other project during Dead Week.
Why: Resume fodder.
Follow-up: Brainstorm. Or just wait until dead week. http://impact.mit.edu.
Source: You guessed it
What: Architecture internship. Probably.
Why: More Japanese practice, so I can claim moderate fluency without lying through my teeth. Also familiarity with Tokyo/Japan. Also because. . . I miss Tokyo?
Follow-up: Portfolio. @#$@#%. And letters of recommendation.
Source: MIT, la
What: Could be an architecture internship (but will only be 3 months). Or could be an urban planning research job (could be 6-12 months.)
Why: I studied Spanish in high school. I'm taking Spanish III next term. I hear Barcelona is cool.
Follow-up: Letters of recommendation. Also updating my $@)$ %*$)(*@)$(%*)@$(ing portfolio.
Also must decide which of these seems most Sharon-like: