Internship/Away Experience

A signature part of our Master of Architecture Professional Program is a required immersive “away” experience.

Our immersive learning opportunities provide graduates with vital critical thinking skills, global knowledge, self-direction, and real world experience giving them extra advantages in a competitive global marketplace.

There are two ways to fulfill this requirement:

  1. Internship
  2. An “Away” Experience

If you have not had previous architectural internship or work experience, each student is expected to complete a minimum 14-week professional internship.

“All State architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a training period-usually at least 3 years-before they may sit for the licensing exam. Every State, with the exception of Arizona, has adopted the training standards established by the Intern Development Program, a branch of the American Institute of Architects and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). These standards stipulate broad training under the supervision of a licensed architect. Most new graduates complete their training period by working as interns at architectural firms. Some States allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of related professionals, such as engineers or general contractors. Architecture students who complete internships while still in school can count some of that time toward the 3-year training period.

Interns in architectural firms may assist in the design of one part of a project, help prepare architectural documents or drawings, build models, or prepare construction drawings on CADD. Interns also may research building codes and materials or write specifications for building materials, installation criteria, the quality of finishes, and other, related details.”   (Source)

The Department of Architecture provides an Internship Director who is available to assist with the internship process, answer any questions you may have about internship and/or IDP.

Away Experience
If you have had previous architectural internship or work experience, and submit evidence to that effect to the Graduate Program Director, then upon Graduate Program Director approval you are free to select a minimum 14-week academic away experience. Contact the Graduate Program Director to discuss opportunities.

Career Development Information

Section II.4.3. Access to Career Development Information (September 7, 2012 Architecture Program Report-APR)