Being Curious: Landon Healy’s Approach to a Successful Internship

“When it comes to looking for internships, I believe being memorable and respectable is all you need,” said Landon Healy.

Healy is a first-year Master of Architecture graduate student with a minor in business.

UNL student Landon Healy pictured blue button up against a wood background.
UNL student Landon Healy.

During his undergraduate years at UNL, Healy was a member of the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, a member of the Student Alumni Association, and participated in many intramural sports, including volleyball, soccer, and football. Outside of school, Healy is a member of the Concept Art Association, an associate of the American Concrete Institute, and is a member of Art Station.

Professionally, Landon has been a Design Intern with HDR since May of 2023.

“The thing I enjoyed the most at HDR was the culture of the studio. Everyone was very social and helpful, especially when it came to solving problems. Everyone had their own respective curiosities about different subjects so there was always something to talk about and learn,” said Healy. His time at HDR, Landon got the opportunity to navigate through different markets and industries, building the versatility of his skills in a professional environment.

During his time at HDR, Landon got the opportunity to navigate through different markets and industries, building the versatility of his skills in a professional environment.

“I not only contributed to various initiatives, but I also took the lead in managing a project alongside fellow interns. This experience provided me with a comprehensive understanding of the architecture process, spanning from schematics to construction documents,” said Healy. “I actively participated in projects of varying scales, from a few square feet to those exceeding a hundred thousand square feet. Collaborating within teams ranging from just one other architect to as many as a dozen team members, I honed my ability to adapt to evolving roles and project requirements.”

Landon learned that being curious was incredibly important during his time at HDR.

"The Mind Center" a Neurological Research Center concept. An asymmetrical design with elements of natural and industrial architecture mixed together to create a cohesive design.
Landon’s “The Mind Center” project designed in ARCH 411 under David Newton with Luke Heidenreich.

“Being able to walk up to people, especially from different disciplines, and ask questions about what they do, how they interact with architects, and just general knowledge is vital to the profession. This industry is always orbiting around the idea of learning and innovating, so it is vital to have a foundation based on curiosity,” said Healy.

He’s had the opportunity to build an impressive portfolio which can be found at: lhealy3.myportfolio.com/

Pictured is a concept for a neurological research center titled “The Mind Center,” created for ARCH 411 under David Newton and with Luke Heidenreich.

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By Gage Boardman-Allgood
Gage Boardman-Allgood