Misk/DRAWbrooklyn Internship Program

  • Location: Brooklyn, NYC USA

  • Date: June 17 - July 25 2019

  • Duration: 6 weeks

  • Target: Architecture, data engineering and planning students

  • Close date: 3/3/2019


Misk is launching an opportunity for young leaders in the architecture, data science and urban planning fields to develop their abilities through a comprehensive learning experience at DRAWbrooklyn LLC, the design firm of Alexandros Washburn, New York City’s former chief urban designer under Mayor Bloomberg.

The Misk / DRAWbrooklyn Internship Program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to work at the cutting edge of urban design.  DRAWbrooklyn has a commitment to equitable projects that bring policy, finance and design into alignment for success.  Students will learn and use techniques of data science to validate solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to play your part in shaping the city, learning from a team at the cutting-edge of urban community redevelopment.

Program details

In your first week you will begin to discover the city.  This is not an opportunity for those who prefer working in solitude; you will be expected to actively engage with the community and walk the streets of New York drawing, meeting and analyzing the issues that need to be solved.  Problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration are all skills you’ll exceed in, as you’ll use them every day.

As background, you will have read The Nature of Urban Design: a New York Perspectives on Resilience by Alexandros Washburn to understand the forces that change the city you will work in.  In addition, students should familiarize themselves with the basics of urban data science (www.oreilly.com).  Every project will involve a mix of technical, social and spatial skills. 

You will work alongside architects, community developers and data scientists as we put together a rezoning proposal.  You should show an eagerness to learn, a willingness to use your intuition and a commitment to precision and rigor in your work product. 

Red Hook, Brooklyn is one of the most dynamic neighborhoods of New York City, an innovation district by nature where makers come from the world over. Students will be expected to keep a notebook of drawings, sketches and reflections on the city they will experience during the summer, and present their findings to a panel of community members, architects and elected officials at the end of the internship.

The city is much larger than you.  One summer will only be enough to scratch the surface.  However, depending on your commitment and talent, you will begin to unlock the secrets of how the city works, and how you can change it. 

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • Currently studying (or have completed within the past 2 years) either an architecture, urban planning or urban economy degree and/or a data science degree (such as NYU CUSP Masters)
  • Hands-on experience designing, building, and testing buildings or infrastructures of cities, through travel, prior internships or personal projects. Interested in research, innovation and leadership
  • GPA of 3.75/5.0 or better
  • TOEFL, IELTS (equivalent to 90 and above in TOEFL)


Close date: 3/3/2019