Career StagesEducator/Practicing Network
The AIA has compiled this list of resources for firms and supervisors who seek to support emerging professionals in their firms. This listing is in alphabetical order. If you would like to make suggestions of other resources to be included in this listing please e-mail the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Architect Registration Exam (ARE)
- Employee Wages and Work Status
- The Intern Development Program (IDP)
- Research and Initiatives
- Scholarships and Grants for Interns
- Supplementary Education
AIA Member Services
Learn about Associate AIA membership for interns on the path to licensure and alternative career professionals.
AIA Book Store
Find your local AIA bookstore.
Find your local AIA component
Your local AIA component can help you further with working with interns and other emerging professionals. This list will help you locate your local chapter.
Architect Registration Exam (ARE)
ARE Forum is a resource for the learning community on the Web with active users comprised of both practitioners in architecture and academics involved in research and teaching. The forum is free.
AIA ARE Support
AIA National Component's Online Center for ARE resources.
NCARB’s ARE Information
Information, resources, and practice tests for the ARE from the source: NCARB
Employee Wages and Work Status
Employment Status Best Practice
A particularly helpful Best Practice for firms in relation to emerging professionals.
Employee Work Status: Exempt or Non-Exempt
A Best Practice on determining where your interns should stand in relation to their wage status.
U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division’s Web site
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) is responsible for administering and enforcing some of our nation’s most comprehensive labor laws, including: the minimum wage, overtime, and child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA); worker protections provided in several temporary visa programs; and the prevailing wage requirements of the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) and the Service Contract Act (SCA).
State Labor Department Listing
Find information from your state's labor department.
The Intern Development Program (IDP)
Find Your IDP Coordinator
Information on IDP State, Educator, and Auxiliary Coordinators. These individuals are responsible for the dissemination of up-to-date information on IDP. Sign your firm's IDP go-to person up to be an Auxiliary Coordinator.
IDP Outstanding Firm Awards
Since 1991, the AIA has recognized firms from across the country who actively embrace the Intern Development Program and demonstrate their commitment by making the path to licensure an integral part of the firm’s culture through the IDP Outstanding Firm Awards program. In 2008, the program is expanded to recognize IDP Firms that meet twelve essential criteria in the categories of Mentoring, Supervising, Training Opportunities, Commitment to IDP, and ARE Support. The IDP Outstanding Firm Award will be reserved for firms who meet the essential criteria and demonstrate excellence in at least three of these categories.
Mentoring Best Practices
AIA Best Practices in mentoring at all stages of the profession.
Find Your IDP Mentor
Interns can locate IDP mentors through resources listed on this page.
Become an IDP Mentor
Enlist architects at your firm to mentor IDP interns through this free service.
Research and Initiatives
2009-2010 Internship & Career Survey
The AIA and NCARB have partnered once again to launch the Internship & Career Survey, an effort to document the recent history and present state of architectural internship and registration. The fourth survey of its kind, the information will be used independently as well as in comparison studies with the 2003, 2005, and 2007 Internship & Career Surveys to set the tone for discussion on internship within the AIA and the profession.
Data was collected via the Internet between January 6 and January 25, 2010. A total of 10,500 qualified and usable responses were received from the sample of 54,692. Percentages based on all 10,500 returns are subject to a margin of error of ± 0.89% at the 95% confidence level.
AIA Board Knowledge Committee 2007 Research Summit
In the spring of 2007, the American Institute of Architects convened a group of national leaders from education and practice to share views on architectural research. The aim was to identify emerging research agendas in architecture and elevate the importance of research in the profession.
AIA Case Studies Initiative
The Case Study Initiative is primarily focused on exposing students to practice but is also educational for interns, associates, principals, and clients.
AIA Practice Academy Initiative
The Practice Academy is a partnership among the AIA, the architectural academy, and architecture firms to provide a framework for a rigorous internship for students and architectural interns.
Scholarships and Grants for Interns
American Architectural Foundation (AAF)
AAF educates individuals and communities about the power of architecture to transform lives and improve the places where we live, learn, work, and play. Through our outreach programs, grants, scholarships and educational resources, AAF inspires people to become thoughtful and engaged stewards of the built environment.
Jason Pettigrew ARE Scholarship Fund
This scholarship provides funding for individuals taking the Architect Registration Exam (ARE).
AIA Continuing Education Providers
Find supplementary education opportunities for your interns.
Emerging Professional’s Companion: Resources for Firms
A firm's guide to using the Emerging Professional's Companion (EPC), a supplementary education resource provided by the AIA. The EPC supports the intern in the IDP process, particularly in gaining credit.
Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee Waldrep
The Learning Organization and the Evolution of Practice Academy by Marvin Malecha, FAIA
The Next Architect: A New Twist on the Future of Design by James P. Cramer, Scott Simpson Jilll Harmon, AIA
On the Job by Stephen Viscusi
Practical Experience by Igor Marjanovic, Katerian Ruedi Ray, and Jane Tankard
Professional Practice 101 by Andrew Pressman, FAIA
The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development by Grace Kim, AIA
Young Architects 6: If...Then: Architectural Speculation by The Architectural League of New York
See a list of centers for architecture in the United States.
The goal of Archinect is to make architecture more connected and open-minded, and bring together designers from around the world to introduce new ideas from all disciplines. The site is a top online destination for progressive-design oriented students, architects, educators, and fans.
Introduction on the steps to becoming an architect.
Construction Specifications Institute Certification
CSI professional credentials are recognized throughout the industry as evidence of a proven level of education, knowledge and experience in construction documents. These credentials demonstrate professional commitment, credibility and reliability to employers, colleagues and clients.
USGBC LEED Accreditation
LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the integrated design and LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and familiarity with LEED requirements, resources, and processes.