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Working As An Architectural Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $54,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Architectural Internship Do

Drafters use software to convert the designs of architects and engineers into technical drawings. Most workers specialize in architectural, civil, electrical, or mechanical drafting and use technical drawings to help design everything from microchips to skyscrapers.

Duties

Drafters typically do the following:

  • Design plans using computer-aided design (CAD) software
  • Work from rough sketches and specifications created by engineers and architects
  • Design products with engineering and manufacturing techniques
  • Add details to architectural plans from their knowledge of building techniques
  • Specify dimensions, materials, and procedures for new products
  • Work under the supervision of engineers or architects

Many drafters are referred to as CAD operators. Using CAD systems, drafters create and store technical drawings digitally. These drawings contain information on how to build a structure or machine, the dimensions of the project, and what materials are needed to complete the project.

Drafters work with CAD so they can create schematics that can be viewed, printed, or programmed directly into building information modeling (BIM) systems. These systems allow drafters, architects, construction managers, and engineers to create and collaborate on digital models of physical buildings and machines. Through three-dimensional rendering, BIM software allows designers and engineers to see how different elements in their projects work together.

Architectural drafters draw architectural and structural features of buildings for construction projects. These workers may specialize in a type of building, such as residential or commercial. They may also specialize by the materials used, such as steel, wood, or reinforced concrete.

Civil drafters prepare topographical maps used in construction and civil engineering projects, such as highways, bridges, and flood-control projects.

Electrical drafters prepare wiring diagrams that other construction workers use to install and repair electrical equipment and wiring in power plants, electrical distribution systems, and residential and commercial buildings.

Electronics drafters produce wiring diagrams, assembly diagrams for circuit boards, and layout drawings used in manufacturing and in installing and repairing electronic devices and components.

Mechanical drafters prepare layouts that show the details for a wide variety of machinery and mechanical tools and devices, such as medical equipment. These layouts indicate dimensions, fastening methods, and other requirements needed for assembly. Mechanical drafters sometimes create production molds.

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How To Become An Architectural Internship

Drafters typically need specialized training, which can be accomplished through a technical program that leads to a certificate or an associate’s degree in drafting.

Education

Drafters generally need to complete postsecondary education in drafting. This is typically done through a 2-year associate’s degree from a technical institute or community college.

Technical institutes offer instruction in design fundamentals, sketching, and CAD (computer-aided design) software and award certificates or diplomas upon completion. Programs vary in length but are generally 2 years of full-time education. The types of courses offered will also vary by institution. Some institutions may specialize in only one type of drafting, such as mechanical or architectural drafting.

Community colleges offer programs similar to those in technical institutes that lead to an associate of applied science in drafting or related degree. After completing an associate’s degree program, graduates may get jobs as drafters or continue their education in a related field at a 4-year college. Most 4-year colleges do not offer training in drafting, but they do offer classes in engineering, architecture, and mathematics.

To prepare for postsecondary education, high school students who take courses in mathematics, science, computer technology, design, computer graphics, and where available, drafting, may find such classes useful.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The American Design Drafting Association (ADDA) offers certification for drafters. Although not mandatory, certification demonstrates competence and knowledge of nationally recognized practices. Certifications are offered for several specialties, including architectural, civil, and mechanical drafting.

Important Qualities

Creativity. Drafters must be able to turn plans and ideas into technical drawings that will guide the creation of real buildings, tools, and systems.

Detail oriented. Drafters must pay close attention to details so that the plans they convert are technically accurate according to the outlined specifications.

Interpersonal skills. Drafters work closely with architects, engineers, and other designers to make sure that final plans are accurate. This requires the ability to take advice and constructive criticism, as well as to offer it.

Math skills. Drafters work on technical drawings. They may be required to solve mathematical calculations involving factors such as angles, weights, and costs.

Technical skills. Drafters in all specialties must be able to use computer software, such as CAD, and work with database tools, such as BIM (building information modeling).

Time-management skills. Drafters often work under strict deadlines. As a result, they must work efficiently in order to produce the required output according to set schedules.

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Architectural Internship Career Paths

Architectural Internship
Architect Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Architect Project Manager
Director Of Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Owner/Operator
Construction Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Design Engineer Project Engineer
Project Engineering Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Designer Owner Facilities Manager
Director Of Facilities
11 Yearsyrs
Designer Engineer Manufacturing Engineer
Manufacturing Engineering Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Architect Construction Manager
Senior Project Manager Construction
13 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Analyst Engineer
Engineering Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Project Engineer Senior Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Engineer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer
Project Architect
7 Yearsyrs
Architectural Designer Project Architect
Architectural Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Project Manager/Design Manager Construction Manager
Capital Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Engineer Maintenance Manager Facilities Maintenance Manager
Facilities Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Designer Project Manager/Design Manager Construction Manager
Commercial Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Principal Project Director
Manager, Project Director
8 Yearsyrs
Project Designer Interior Designer
Design Architect
5 Yearsyrs
Draftsman Estimator Senior Estimator
Construction Consultant
11 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Marketing Executive Business Executive
Project Executive
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$54,000
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$43,000
Min 10%
$54,000
Median 50%
$54,000
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$54,000
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$54,000
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Median 50%
$67,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Microsoft
Highest Paying City
Washington, DC
Highest Paying State
Illinois
Avg Experience Level
1.6 years
How much does an Architectural Internship make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Architectural Internship in the United States is $54,257 per year or $26 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $43,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $67,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Architectural Internship Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Architect Intern Omnia Group Ltd. Sep 01, 2015 $150,514
Architectural Intern, Senior MBH Architects May 12, 2016 $88,982
Architect Intern II Boulder Associates, Inc. Dec 13, 2015 $88,000
Intern Architect (Associate) Safdie Architects Jan 26, 2016 $85,000
Intern Architect Studio Link-Arc, LLC Jun 30, 2015 $83,387
Senior Intern Architect Archilier Inc. Mar 17, 2015 $83,387
Architectural Intern III Boulder Associates Dec 28, 2015 $81,203
Intern Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects PC Aug 20, 2016 $78,000
Intern Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects PC Aug 20, 2016 $77,250
Intern Architect Gunn Meyerhoff Shay Architects PC Sep 30, 2015 $76,357
Intern Architect Patel Architecture Inc. Oct 06, 2016 $75,837
Intern Architect Patel Architecture Inc. Jun 14, 2016 $75,837
Intern Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects PC Sep 30, 2015 $75,000
Intern Architect Paymun Building & Development Inc. Sep 25, 2016 $72,982
Architectural Intern Clark Design Group PLLC Jul 20, 2015 $54,500
Architectural Intern Huitt-Zollars, Inc. Sep 11, 2015 $54,500
Architectural Intern Render IPDS Inc. Sep 21, 2016 $54,262
Architectural Intern Moody Nolan, Inc. Nov 01, 2016 $54,158
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $54,000
Architect Intern Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. Sep 24, 2015 $54,000
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. Mar 05, 2015 $54,000
Architectural Intern MBH Architects, Inc. Aug 30, 2016 $48,001
Architect (Intern) Studio V Architecture PLLC Sep 01, 2015 $48,000
Intern Architect I Perkins + Will, Inc. Sep 01, 2016 $48,000
Intern Architect I Perkins + Will, Inc. Jan 09, 2016 $48,000
Intern Architect Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture LLP Sep 01, 2015 $48,000
Architect (Intern) Work Architecture Company PLLC Jan 09, 2016 $48,000
Architectural Intern Corgan Associates, Inc. Sep 01, 2016 $48,000

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Top Skills for An Architectural Internship

  1. Construction Document Production
  2. CAD
  3. Shop Drawings
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed construction document production for various project types including residential and commercial.
  • Participated and designed Architectural Drawings using AutoCAD Programs and performed site visits to gain site experience of construction procedures.
  • Reviewed architectural plans, specifications, and shop drawings for accuracy and implementation of current projects.
  • Surveyed buildings and created measured drawings to generate schematic drawings Developed construction drawings for residential buildings
  • Produced schematic designs through drawings and renderings in preparation for client/contractor meetings as initial marketing tools to attain potential clients.

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Architectural Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

56.3%

Female

35.1%

Unknown

8.6%
Ethnicity

White

53.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.8%

Asian

14.9%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.4%

French

12.0%

German

6.6%

Italian

6.1%

Mandarin

5.4%

Chinese

5.2%

Arabic

3.1%

Portuguese

3.0%

Japanese

2.6%

Hindi

2.4%

Russian

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Turkish

1.4%

Greek

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Polish

1.0%

Hebrew

0.9%

Marathi

0.7%

Gujarati

0.5%

Dutch

0.5%
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Architectural Internship Education

Schools

New Jersey Institute of Technology

6.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

6.2%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

6.1%

Texas A&M University

6.1%

University of Houston

6.1%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.5%

Ball State University

5.4%

University of Texas at San Antonio

5.2%

University of Florida

4.9%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.8%

University of Cincinnati

4.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.6%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

4.4%

Iowa State University

4.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.3%

Texas Tech University

4.2%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

4.2%

Clemson University

4.2%

Auburn University

4.1%

University of Kentucky

4.1%
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Majors

Architecture

66.8%

Environmental Design

5.5%

Landscape Architecture

4.8%

Urban Planning

2.6%

Architectural Engineering

2.3%

Business

2.2%

Architectural Technology

2.2%

Interior Design

1.6%

Construction Management

1.5%

Fine Arts

1.4%

Civil Engineering

1.3%

Computer Science

1.2%

Graphic Design

1.2%

Drafting And Design

1.1%

Interior Architecture

0.9%

Sustainability

0.8%

Electrical Engineering

0.6%

Historic Preservation And Conservation

0.6%

Engineering

0.6%

Architectural Engineering Technology

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

66.3%

Masters

26.0%

Associate

3.3%

Certificate

2.0%

High School Diploma

1.3%

Diploma

0.5%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.1%
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