Internships in Architecture are of the utmost significance, since they help students accomplish a relationship between the academic part of coursework and the realistic aspects of designing and building to the execution level. Broadly speaking, there can be two types of internship in architecture, namely:
- Summer or winter internship
- Obligatory semester internship as per the guidelines of COA (Council of Architecture)
Summer or winter internships are basically individual architectural internships which are taken up by students at will. During summers or winters when students aren’t occupied by any other project, they can opt to have such internships. Generally during these internships you will be provided with small projects or will be told to create small details for larger projects. These internships would not get you any academic credit, however, are certainly good to build up your CV and have a realistic approach for your semester design project.
Obligatory semester internship is one which every student enrolled in an institute affiliated by the Council of Architecture needs to undergo. The duration of internship might differ, but it’s generally for a semester. When you are in the internship period, you need to take a leave from University and join the respective office or firm where you are supposed to have your internship, similar to medical or law students. The experience, generally, is the same as an actual job as you will be following all ethical codes of a professional environment.
Suitable Time for Internship
For summer or winter internships, any aspirant of a first year to a final year can pursue internships; however, firms prefer taking interns who have done at least four semesters of undergraduate studies. For a semester internship, the institute decides in which semester their enrolled students would go for internship, but generally they are allocated for semesters of fourth or final year.
How to apply for an Internship?
First and foremost, you need to develop two vital components of your application. The first is your resume or CV and the second your portfolio. Your portfolio holds more significance than your CV. The ideal length of portfolio cannot be standardized as such, however, keeping in mind that your potential employer doesn’t want to waste too much time reviewing your application, it will be adequate if you create a portfolio between 20 to 30 pages and keeping limited content on each page.
At individual schools, undergraduates enrolled in a Bachelor of Architecture program might have the chance to spend a semester in a metropolis or another urban setting, which might include a part time internship at an architectural firm. Placements might be based upon student preference and a portfolio, as well as the skills and software training requirements of participating firms. Telephone or on-site interviews might also be required. A full course load is not suggested and students might be aware in advance that not all internships offer payment.
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