In 2003, we formalized our internship program, and each year we typically receive about 50 applications from around the world. The goal of the program has always been to provide room for the growth of young people who are enthusiastic about golf and design. Our former interns have not only contributed to our success, but have gone on to help build great golf courses for other designers, as well. We are committed to providing such opportunities wherever and whenever we can.
Unfortunately, such positions do not come along at regular intervals these days. It does a student intern little good to sit in our office and wait for the phone to ring, and we can only use applicants to staff projects when our projects are in the proper phase of construction, which is not always during university summer vacations.
We encourage potential applicants to stay abreast of where we are busy (via this web site) and to contact us when the time and situation are appropriate. Timing is everything! You are welcome to visit our offices in Traverse City, or to send in your resume and portfolios for consideration; but we prefer to meet students in the field so we can get a better sense of what their abilities are and how they might fit in, and we will remember you better that way.
If you do wish to contact us by mail, you should address the following questions:
- What is your interest in golf?
- Why do you want a job with us?, and
- What do you think you would bring to one of our projects, if we should hire you?
Anyone interested in pursuing a career in golf architecture should fully understand the cyclical nature of the golf course development business; it is not a career for the faint of heart, nor for those who aren't willing to pick up and move to wherever the work may be. At the same time, I recall that when I was in school back in 1979-82, the market looked equally bleak, and that only helped to sift through the candidates so that there was less competition in the next boom phase. Perseverance is no guarantee of success, but you will get nowhere without it.
Past & Current Renaissance Golf Design Interns:
|Gil Hanse||- Cornell University||1987||High Pointe, Black Forest, Stonewall (Old)|
|Mike DeVries||- Lake Forest University||1989||The Legends (Heathland), Black Forest|
|James Duncan||- Technical College of Denmark||1995||Riverfront|
|Brian Slawnik*||- Michigan State University||1997||Beechtree, Riverfront, and many since|
|Kyle Franz||- Albany (OR) Community College||2000||Pacific Dunes, Barnbougle, Aetna Springs, Stone Eagle|
|Nick Daunhauer||- Ohio State University||2000||Pacific Dunes|
|Will Smith||- Yale University||2001||The Sheep Ranch, Stonewall (North)|
|Chris Hunt||- Edinburgh University||2002||Cape Kidnappers, Rock Creek, Tumble Creek|
|Phillipe Binette||- University of Montreal||2003||Barnbougle Dunes, Stonewall (North)|
|George Waters||- University of Guelph||2003||Barnbougle Dunes, Aetna Springs, Rock Creek, The Renaissance Club|
|Sara Mess||- Michigan State University||2004||Tumble Creek, The Renaissance Club|
|Zac Borg||- Kansas State University||2004||Ballyneal|
|Mike McCartin||- Duke University||2004||Ballyneal, Bay of Dreams, Renaissance Club, Streamsong|
|Jonathan Reisetter||- University of Minnesota||2004||Ballyneal, Rock Creek, Wicked Pony, CommonGround, St. Emilion|
|Patrick Montgomery||- University of Guelph||2005||Bay of Dreams, The Renaissance Club|
|Benjamin Warren||- University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne||2005||The Renaissance Club, St. Emillion|
|Ignacio Mejia||- Oklahoma State University||2005||Ballyneal|
|Danny Smith||- US Army||2006||Rock Creek|
|Adam Scherer||- University of Rhode Island||2006||Rock Creek|
|Ryan Farrow||- Arizona State University||2006||Rock Creek|
|Ryan Crago||- University of British Columbia||2007||Wicked Pony, CommonGround|
|Pete Zarlengo||- Penn State University||2009||CommonGround, Tara Iti|
|Michael Damico||- University of Colorado||2010||CommonGround|
|Chase Webb||- University of Florida||2011||Streamsong (Blue)|
|Angela Moser||- University of Applied Science, Weihensephan, Germany||2011||St. Emilion, The Loop, Woodhall Spa|
|Ben Wescoe||- Yale University||2011||The Renaissance Club|
|Brett Hochstein||- Cornell University||2011||Dismal River, Simapo Island|
|Jeffrey Stein||- Brandeis University||2011||Dismal River|
|Zach Varty||- University of Minnesota - Duluth||2011||Dismal River|
|Kyle Harris||- Penn State University||2011||Streamsong (Blue)|
|Matt Hunter||- University of Michigan||2012||Streamsong (Blue), Dismal River|
|Li Na||- Beijing Forestry University||2012||Simapo Island|
|Conor Cummings||- University of Oklahoma||2012||Dismal River|
|Ryan Yonce||- Clemson University||2012||Dismal River, Bel Air|
|James Burt||- Syracuse University||2012||Dismal River|
|Blake Conant||- University of Georgia||2012||Dismal River, Medinah, Stoatin Brae|
|Jaeger Kovich||- Hobart College||2012||Dismal River, Simapo Island|
|Clyde Johnson||- University of Georgia||2012||Dismal River, Tara Iti, Woodhall Spa|
|Michael Henderson||- Deakin University||2012||Tara Iti, The National (Australia)|
|Riley Johns||- University of Guelph||2013||Simapo Island|