The purpose of the Architectural Studies Internship is to allow students to earn credit by working in a job related to architecture, planning or design. Students are encouraged to find positions that match closely with their own career interests. Students may refer to the Internship Directory (pdf) for local contacts. In order to receive university credit, approval must be sought from the Director of Architectural Studies before students begin their internship.
It is important that the person acting as the Internship Supervisor be qualified to act as a mentor:
- In an architecture firm, this means that the supervisor should ideally have completed a B.Arch. or an M.Arch., and be a registered architect in the jurisdiction where the firm is located. Alternatively, the person acting as the Internship Supervisor should have substantial experience working in the field.
- In the context of work in historic preservation, the mentor should ideally hold a degree in historic preservation or have substantial experience in the field.
- In the context of a contracting firm, the mentor should have substantial experience in the field.
It is important that the person acting as the Internship Supervisor be impartial when evaluating the student’s work and personal qualities:
- For this reason, an internship cannot be completed in a firm or organization owned or managed by members of the student’s family.
- Under no conditions can a family member act as the Internship Supervisor.
Students are required to submit a carefully written Internship Journal to the director of the Architectural Studies program by the last day of classes of the semester they are enrolled in the Architectural Studies Internship (or by a date agreed upon with the director of Architectural Studies). The purpose of the journal is for the student to describe their activities and to summarize their experience in the internship. The Internship Journal is kept in the student’s file and is used by the director of Architectural Studies when writing letters of recommendation for graduate school and future job applications.
The Internship Journal should be typed and printed on regular 8 ½ x 11 inch paper and bound with a single staple in the upper left hand corner.
- Hand-written journals and journals written in specially bound note-books are not acceptable.
The Internship Journal should have a single cover page listing:
- The student’s name;
- The student’s contact information (address, phone, email);
- The name and address of the firm or organization where the internship was completed;
- The full name and contact information for the Internship Supervisor (work phone, email);
- The dates between which the internship was completed.
The Internship Journal should consist of 2 sections:
- Section 1 will be a day-by-day, point-form summary of the work executed by the student throughout the period of employment.
- Each daily entry should begin with the date [for example: Monday, June 2, 2008];
- Each daily entry should give a clear, detailed description of activities completed that day with the number of hours devoted to each activity.
- Details such as the names of people the student worked with, names of projects, places visited, etc. should be included.
- Skills and knowledge acquired during the internship should be indicated [for example: what computer software did you use? Did you make models, drawings, take photographs, write documents, meet with clients, etc.]
- Section 2 will be a minimum 5-page summary of what the student learned during the internship. This section will be written as a narrative in the form of an essay consisting of grammatically correct sentences. Point form / bullet points are not acceptable. This is the place for the student to reflect on their experience and to explain how the internship has affected their thinking about the profession and their career.
- Supplementary documentation: students may include photographs of work or other documentation executed during the internship.
- Supplementary documentation should be printed on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper and stapled at the end of the Internship Journal.
- Supplementary documentation should be clearly labeled to explain what it represents.