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Working As An Architectural Internship

  • Thinking Creatively
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Stressful

  • $49,710

    Average Salary

What Does An Architectural Internship Do

Architects plan and design houses, factories, office buildings, and other structures.

Duties

Architects typically do the following:

  • Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures
  • Give preliminary estimates on cost and construction time
  • Prepare structure specifications
  • Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents
  • Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand
  • Prepare contract documents for building contractors
  • Manage construction contracts
  • Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans
  • Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations

People need places to live, work, play, learn, shop, and eat. Architects are responsible for designing these places. They work on public or private projects and design both indoor and outdoor spaces. Architects can be commissioned to design anything from a single room to an entire complex of buildings.

Architects discuss the objectives, requirements, and budget of a project with clients. In some cases, architects provide various predesign services, such as feasibility and environmental impact studies, site selection, cost analyses, and design requirements.

Architects develop final construction plans after discussing and agreeing on the initial proposal with clients. These plans show the building’s appearance and details of its construction. Accompanying these plans are drawings of the structural system; air-conditioning, heating, and ventilating systems; electrical systems; communications systems; and plumbing. Sometimes, landscape plans are included as well. In developing designs, architects must follow state and local building codes, zoning laws, fire regulations, and other ordinances, such as those requiring easy access to buildings for people who are disabled.

Computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) and building information modeling (BIM) have replaced traditional drafting paper and pencil as the most common methods for creating designs and construction drawings. However, hand-drawing skills are still required, especially during the conceptual stages of a project and when an architect is at a construction site.

As construction continues, architects may visit building sites to ensure that contractors follow the design, adhere to the schedule, use the specified materials, and meet work-quality standards. The job is not complete until all construction is finished, required tests are conducted, and construction costs are paid.

Architects may also help clients get construction bids, select contractors, and negotiate construction contracts.

Architects often collaborate with workers in related occupations, such as civil engineers, urban and regional planners, drafters, interior designers, and landscape architects.

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How To Become An Architectural Internship

There are typically three main steps to becoming a licensed architect: completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Education

In all states, earning a professional degree in architecture is typically the first step to becoming an architect. Most architects earn their professional degree through a 5-year Bachelor of Architecture degree program, intended for students with no previous architectural training. Many earn a master’s degree in architecture, which can take 1 to 5 years in addition to the time spent earning a bachelor’s degree. The amount of time required depends on the extent of the student’s previous education and training in architecture.

A typical bachelor’s degree program includes courses in architectural history and theory, building design with an emphasis on computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), structures, construction methods, professional practices, math, physical sciences, and liberal arts. Central to most architectural programs is the design studio, where students apply the skills and concepts learned in the classroom to create drawings and three-dimensional models of their designs.

Currently, 34 states require that architects hold a professional degree in architecture from one of the 123 schools of architecture accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). State licensing requirements can be found at the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). In the states that do not have that requirement, applicants can become licensed with 8 to 13 years of related work experience in addition to a high school diploma. However, most architects in these states still obtain a professional degree in architecture.

Training

All state architectural registration boards require architecture graduates to complete a lengthy paid internship—generally 3 years of experience—before they may sit for the Architect Registration Examination. Most new graduates complete their training period by working at architectural firms through the Intern Development Program (IDP), a program run by NCARB that guides students through the internship process. Some states allow a portion of the training to occur in the offices of employers in related careers, such as engineers and 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 help design part of a project. They may help prepare architectural documents and drawings, build models, and prepare construction drawings on CADD. Interns may also research building codes and write specifications for building materials, installation criteria, the quality of finishes, and other related details. Licensed architects will take the documents that interns produce, make edits to them, finalize plans, and then sign and seal the documents.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states and the District of Columbia require architects to be licensed. Licensing requirements typically include completing a professional degree in architecture, gaining relevant experience through a paid internship, and passing the Architect Registration Examination.

Most states also require some form of continuing education to keep a license, and some additional states are expected to adopt mandatory continuing education. Requirements vary by state but usually involve additional education through workshops, university classes, conferences, self-study courses, or other sources.

A growing number of architects voluntarily seek certification from NCARB. This certification makes it easier to become licensed across states, because it is the primary requirement for reciprocity of licensing among state boards that are NCARB members. In 2014, approximately one-third of all licensed architects had the certification.

Advancement

After many years of work experience, some architects advance to become architectural and engineering managers. These managers typically coordinate the activities of employees and may work on larger construction projects.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Architects must understand the content of designs and the context in which they were created. For example, architects must understand the locations of mechanical systems and how those systems affect building operations.

Communication skills. Architects share their ideas, both in oral presentations and in writing, with clients, other architects, and workers who help prepare drawings. Many also give presentations to explain their ideas and designs.

Creativity. Architects design the overall look of houses, buildings, and other structures. Therefore, the final product should be attractive and functional.

Organizational skills. Architects often manage contracts. Therefore, they must keep records related to the details of a project, including total cost, materials used, and progress.

Technical skills. Architects need to use CADD technology to create plans as part of building information modeling (BIM).

Visualization skills. Architects must be able to see how the parts of a structure relate to each other. They also must be able to visualize how the overall building will look once completed.

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Architectural Internship Career Paths

Architectural Internship
Job Captain Architect Architectural Designer
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Coordinator Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager General Manager
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Job Captain Project Architect Senior Project Manager
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager
Construction Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Property Manager General Contractor
Construction Superintendent
9 Yearsyrs
Junior Architect Architect Interior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Construction Manager Operations Director
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Instructor Assistant Director Owner/Director
Director/Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Production Manager Estimator
Estimator Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Construction Manager Maintenance Technician Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Operations Manager Property Manager
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Construction Superintendent
General Superintendent
11 Yearsyrs
Architect Interior Designer
Interior Designer/Project Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Superintendent
10 Yearsyrs
Project Architect Project Manager Construction Manager
Senior Construction Manager
14 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Interior Designer Senior Designer
Senior Designer/Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Project Manager Operations Manager Site Manager
Site/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Architectural Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

57.3%

Female

37.2%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

69.1%

Asian

15.1%

Hispanic or Latino

12.0%

Unknown

2.9%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.5%

French

12.5%

German

7.0%

Italian

5.8%

Mandarin

5.0%

Chinese

4.0%

Japanese

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Hindi

2.8%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.3%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Turkish

1.3%

Marathi

1.0%

Cantonese

1.0%

Gujarati

0.8%

Hebrew

0.8%

Serbian

0.8%

Greek

0.8%
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Architectural Internship Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.4%

Ball State University

6.4%

Lawrence Technological University

6.1%

Auburn University

6.0%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.8%

Iowa State University

5.7%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.2%

Texas Tech University

5.2%

Syracuse University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Cornell University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.5%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.5%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.3%

Clemson University

4.0%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.9%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.8%

University of Kansas

3.8%
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Majors

Architecture

62.1%

Landscape Architecture

5.8%

Environmental Design

5.1%

Business

3.4%

Urban Planning

3.2%

Construction Management

2.3%

Civil Engineering

2.2%

Interior Design

1.7%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Fine Arts

1.5%

Architectural Engineering

1.5%

Project Management

1.4%

Architectural Technology

1.4%

Drafting And Design

1.3%

Computer Science

1.1%

Interior Architecture

1.1%

Sustainability

0.9%

Real Estate

0.9%

Computer Engineering

0.7%

Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.1%

Masters

38.6%

Other

10.9%

Associate

2.2%

Certificate

2.1%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.0%
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Real Architectural Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Architect Intern Omnia Group Ltd. New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $150,514
Architectural Intern, Senior MBH Architects Alameda, CA May 12, 2016 $88,982
Architect Intern II Boulder Associates, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 13, 2015 $88,000
Intern Architect (Associate) Safdie Architects Somerville, MA Jan 26, 2016 $85,000
Senior Intern Architect Archilier Inc. New York, NY Mar 17, 2015 $83,387
Intern Architect Studio Link-Arc, LLC New York, NY Jun 30, 2015 $83,387
Architectural Intern III Boulder Associates San Francisco, CA Dec 28, 2015 $81,203
Intern Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects PC New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $78,000
Intern Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects PC New York, NY Aug 20, 2016 $77,250
Intern Architect Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects PC Savannah, GA Sep 30, 2015 $76,357
Intern Architect Patel Architecture Inc. Rancho Mirage, CA Jun 14, 2016 $75,837
Intern Architect Patel Architecture Inc. Rancho Mirage, CA Oct 06, 2016 $75,837
Intern Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects PC New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $75,000
Intern Architect Paymun Building & Development Inc. Lafayette, CA Sep 25, 2016 $72,982
Architectural Intern Clark Design Group PLLC Seattle, WA Jul 20, 2015 $54,500
Architectural Intern Huitt-Zollars, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 11, 2015 $54,500
Architectural Intern Render IPDS Inc. Northampton, MA Sep 21, 2016 $54,262
Architectural Intern Moody Nolan, Inc. Washington, DC Nov 01, 2016 $54,158
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 05, 2015 $54,000
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $54,000
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 04, 2015 $54,000
Architectural Intern MBH Architects, Inc. Alameda, CA Aug 30, 2016 $48,001
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. Dallas, TX Jan 09, 2016 $48,000
Architect (Intern) Studio V Architecture PLLC New York, NY Sep 01, 2015 $48,000
Intern Architect I Perkins + Will, Inc. Atlanta, GA Sep 01, 2016 $48,000
Architect (Intern) Work Architecture Company PLLC New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $48,000
Intern Architect Grimm and Parker Architecture, Inc. Calverton, MD Jul 09, 2016 $48,000 -
$53,000

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Top Skills for An Architectural Internship

ConstructionDocumentsArchitecturalDrawingsSchematicDesignAutoCADRevitArchitectureAdobePhotoshopConstructionAdministrationConstructionDrawingsGoogleSketchupResidentialProjectsFloorPlansFacilityConceptualDesignProjectManagementPresentationDrawingsMasterPlanShopDrawingsIllustratorArchitecturalDesignSitePlans

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Top Architectural Internship Skills

  1. Construction Documents
  2. Architectural Drawings
  3. Schematic Design
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop construction documents from design development drawings.
  • Served as project manager of commercial and educational projects * Coordinated engineering systems with architectural drawings
  • Developed schematic design presentations and presented to clients while working on multiple iterations.
  • Performed on site surveys & preparation of architectural drawings using Auto CAD.
  • Implemented Revit Architecture as the firm's operating software.

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