Call for Applications – Research Intern Announcement

The Vertical Geopolitics Lab is seeking a Research Intern to investigate and document hidden systems and intangible agenda within the built environment. The position (avail. 1) is part-time and paid.

The Vertical Geopolitics Lab is un-disciplined non-profit think-tank and speculative design practice. Based on the fundamental belief that institutions are not able to prevent what they cannot imagine, the lab is focused on design for debate as potential source for yet unimagined change in how we understand nature, technology, jurisdiction, politics, economics, tectonics, and society itself. As urban discourse has tended to focus its attention on visible rather than invisible urbanization processes to the extent of having been falsely treated as separate disciplinary entities within the field, the lab simultaneously engages the surface and subsurface, the visible and invisible.

Fig. Ideas translated into action

Responsibility-wise, the Research Intern shall engage in a range of collaborative activities such as co-designing (architectural competitions, commissions, etc.), co-writing (articles, op-eds, etc.), co-teaching academic courses (studios, seminars, etc.), or co-curating public programs (events, exhibitions, etc.). As part of a small and select team, prime responsibility will involve research and multimedia production of content. Although tasks and responsibilities will vary according to research findings, the scope of work involves research and development of content through the production of written and non-written work. Reporting to the Director and Research Fellows, the scope of work will also include coordination with advisory board members, jury members, correspondents, clients, institutional and media partners, or sponsors, which may include travel to different regions of the world, where required.

Qualification-wise, the ideal candidate is a current student or recent graduate in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, or a related field. The Vertical Geopolitics Lab is eager to work with an ambitious, collaborative, self-motivated, detail-oriented, organized, and flexible individual who wishes to develop skills and pursue interests.


  • Assisting the Vertical Geopolitics Lab’s staff with long-term projects and daily operations


  • Interest in the Vertical Geopolitics Lab’s mission and agenda
  • Interest in an un-disciplined non-profit research group’s daily operations
  • Enrolled in or recently completed a related graduate, post-professional, or doctoral degree
  • Skilled in critical analysis, written (req. EN) and non-written (req.: Microsoft Office, Adobe CS; pref.: WordPress CMS) communication


Applications must include the following content in the order listed: cover letter, CV, and work samples. Accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, the deadline for submission of an application in response to the CFA is on Feb 28, 2017 at 23:00h (CEST). Applications are to be submitted electronically as a single multi-page PDF document (portrait orientation, max. 10MB, 170228_cfa_researchintern_application_lastname.pdf) via e-mail (info@thevgl.net). Please note that hardcopy submissions will not be accepted.