Intern Think Tank: Shape the Future of Licensure

Intern Think Tank
What do you think a future version of the licensure process should look like?

The Intern Think Tank is your opportunity to get involved and be a part of the decisions that are made for the future.

 Who:      12 Interns
 When:      13-14 December 2013
 Where:      Washington, DC

Will analyze the real-world implementation and effectiveness of the current licensure process, explore blue-sky ideas related to the entire licensure concept, and share suggestions with the Council's leadership

FY14 Intern Think Tank Charges:

The Intern Think Tank will meet in person (December 13-14), conduct research, develop concepts, and compile a report and presentation of its findings for the Council’s Internship Advisory Committee and the NCARB Board of Directors. Its charges are:

  1. PROS: Identify the most successful elements of the current licensure process and suggest opportunities or related concepts that could enhance its effectiveness, implementation, usability, or value.
  2. CONS: Identify the most challenging elements of the current licensure process and suggest options that could alleviate the problem while ensuring equivalent or better results.
  3. EDUCATION: Propose new "blue-sky" concepts aimed at achieving licensure upon graduation.
  4. INTERNSHIP: If requested, may review reports and recommendations from Internship + Education related special project teams and task forces. Provide feedback from the perspective of the intern community regarding the feasibility, acceptance, and application of any proposed initiatives.
  5. EXAMINATION: If requested, may review reports, recommendations, and proposals regarding the upcoming development, transition, and rollout of ARE 5.0. Provide feedback from the perspective of the intern community regarding the feasibility, acceptance, and usability of any proposed elements of the upcoming evolution (i.e. transition, format, etc.).

If you have questions about the Intern Think Tank, please contact Nick Serfass at  

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