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The DSST Cole High School Junior Year Internship Program works to prepare and promote occupational identity for DSST Students.  How can the choices they make now better prepare them for college and for their future career path?  Students are afforded Internships to experience a professional environment as well as build confidence outside of the classroom setting.  Each Semester, Cole’s Internship Coordinator connects with local businesses that correspond to career interests and occupations expressed by their Students.

In the fall trimester, KEPHART had the opportunity to welcome Nieves Herrada as our intern. He was able to pursue his interest in construction and drawing via shadowing, observation, and hands-on assignments, which gave him a better understanding of our multi-faceted industry.

In his own words, Nieves describes his experience as a KEPHART intern:

As an architect intern at KEPHART for the past ten weeks, I was able to learn what the field of architecture is like. Interning at KEPHART has also benefited me with quite a few skills, such as designing and measuring unit plans. Then, later on, I was able to design my housing units based on rules, measurements, and understanding. The whole process of interning at KEPHART as an architect has helped me and allowed me to find out my real interest as a career in the long run. 

We are proud to help encourage young minds to pursue the architecture field. To learn more about KEPHART and how we’re involved in the community, click here.


This is the philosophy that drives KEPHART to create thoughtful homes and communities that positively change people’s lives.

KEPHART is a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural design and planning firm with 50 years of housing expertise. Our passion for designing well-designed places to live, work, and play has driven us to create more than 500,000 homes across the country, ranging from single and multifamily homes to workforce housing, senior living, LIHTC communities, and everything in between. We have a deep bench of talented staff to design and deliver innovative and practical solutions to meet the unique requirements of every project.