Before School, During & After
Students can have experiences working in architecture firms as early as high school. Working while in high school and college can provide a terrific understanding of design and office operation to better prepare for your future. Keep in mind that interns do not and should not volunteer their time. While it is a time to learn, interns should be paid for their work—regardless of their age and experience.
The number of hours you work each week can vary. Working hours should be appropriate to allow for adequate time to study and adhere to all applicable employment laws and regulations.
Students may begin to count experience in an architecture firm typically after their third year in an architecture program. The internship experience will continue beyond graduation. In fact, gaining experience under the supervision of an architect after graduation is required become an architect. To learn more about the formal internship process (Intern Development Program), please visit the NCARB Web site.
It is also highly recommended that you get involved in a professional organization while in high school or college. The largest organization is the American Institute of Architecture Students. Membership is open to high school and college students, interns and professionals from any country. Upon graduation, you can maintain your membership in the AIAS. Interns are also encouraged to join The American Institute of Architects (AIA) as an Associate Member.