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Intern Development Program

The Intern Development Program (IDP) structures the multiyear transition from architecture student to licensed professional. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) sets the program’s criteria and monitors it across the country. Suggested changes to the IDP come from sources as the Practice Analysis Survey of Architecture.

To learn more about the program and to download the current IDP Guidelines, visit the NCARB IDP Overview webpage.

Who Is Involved with the IDP?

Many people contribute to a successful IDP experience, from clients to architects. These people have specific roles in the experience:

  • Interns: People who are working toward meeting a registration board’s training requirements; that is people who have met the academic and professional requirements for starting the IDP program and are now working toward their architecture license. Download the most recent NCARB IDP Guidelines here.
  • Supervisors and Firms: Registered architects with interns working under their direct supervision. Learn more about the role of IDP Supervisors and Mentors and download the Supervisor Guidelines via NCARB’s website here.
  • Mentors: Registered architects committed to meeting periodically with interns and reviewing their training progress. Learn how to become a mentor.
  • Architect Licensing Advisors: Volunteers who help manage communications between the AIA, the NCARB, and their membership, and help educate and support interns. Find your Architect Licensing Advisor or become an Architect Licensing Advisor today.

Are You Ready? Let’s Get Started!

The AIA can help make your internship a success by providing resources, information, and supplementary education. We can also provide assistance in finding a mentor and a nationwide network of Architect Licensing Advisors who educate and aid interns at state, regional, and local levels.


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