ARCHVoices Reports on the State of Internship

October 15, 2003 · by DesignIntelligence

What is the future of the profession? Earlier this year ARCHVoices received a 26 percent response rate to their Internship and Career survey. Nearly 5,000 participants replied to the online study.

What is the future of the profession? Included in this month’s mailing is a copy of “Architectural Internship, Everybody’s Issue.” Suggestions to improve the process, and weaknesses within the current state of certification are examined. There is also a statistical analysis of the respondents major concerns, and an accounting of the respondents themselves. Earlier this year ARCHVoices received a 26 percent response rate to their Internship and Career survey. Nearly 5,000 participants replied to the online study.

The way architects are trained and certified is undeniably under debate. What everyone wants and gets from it—the interns, the clients, the employers—varies a lot. And the time, money and effort it takes to become a professional is controversial as well. Earlier this year, some interns compared themselves to medical residents as overworked, underpaid and at the mercy of a system that leaves them little choice in the road to certification.

“The individuals who commented rarely complimented the current systems for internship, examination, or licensure,” said Vickie Boddie, co-chair of the 2003 Intern and Career Survey Task Force (AIA). “The comments also revealed a lot of misinformation and lack of communication and feedback about the specifics of the licensure process. Students don’t seem to be getting the correct information about IDP, the ARE, and how to get licensed in their state. And once architecture graduates leave school, they find even less information and guidance,” she said.

To see the results of the survey, visit www.archvoices.com.

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