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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

  • $50,000

    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
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

57.2%

Female

37.3%

Unknown

5.5%
Ethnicity

White

53.4%

Hispanic or Latino

16.1%

Asian

15.4%

Black or African American

10.6%

Unknown

4.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.3%

French

12.3%

German

6.9%

Italian

5.7%

Mandarin

5.4%

Chinese

4.2%

Japanese

3.4%

Arabic

3.2%

Hindi

2.7%

Russian

2.5%

Portuguese

2.2%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Polish

1.5%

Turkish

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Marathi

1.0%

Gujarati

0.7%

Hebrew

0.7%

Serbian

0.7%

Greek

0.7%
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Architectural Internship Education

Schools

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.6%

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

5.1%

Texas Tech University

5.1%

Syracuse University

4.7%

University of Florida

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.6%

Cornell University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.4%

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

4.4%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

4.3%

Wentworth Institute of Technology

4.0%

Clemson University

4.0%

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

3.9%

University of Pennsylvania

3.7%

University of Kansas

3.7%
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Majors

Architecture

62.1%

Landscape Architecture

5.8%

Environmental Design

5.0%

Business

3.4%

Urban Planning

3.2%

Construction Management

2.3%

Civil Engineering

2.2%

Graphic Design

1.7%

Interior Design

1.7%

Fine Arts

1.6%

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

0.8%

Engineering

0.8%

Computer Engineering

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

38.5%

Other

10.8%

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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  1. New Construction
  2. Architectural Drawings
  3. Schematic Design
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  • Produced interior designs and working architectural drawings for new construction and renovation of existing automotive retail and service buildings.
  • Gained considerable experience meeting with consultants to coordinate civil, structural, mechanical and electrical systems with architectural drawings.
  • Produced schematic designs through drawings and renderings in preparation for client/contractor meetings as initial marketing tools to attain potential clients.
  • Designed the re-vegetation, trails and water management plans to revitalize Overland Pond Park with Cherry Creek Stewardship Partners.
  • Performed field verification surveys and completed CAD drawings based on measurements.

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