Intern Think Tank: Your Future, Your Profession

Intern Think Tank

Now accepting applications for the 2015 Intern Think Tank!

The architecture profession continues to evolve and so must the programs that support the path to licensure. Who better to weigh in on the experience requirement than you, an intern completing the Intern Development Program (IDP) or taking the Architect Registration Examination (ARE)?

The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) is now accepting applications for volunteer emerging professionals to serve on the 2015 Intern Think Tank! This is your chance to bring your voice to the conversation about the future of internship and licensure.

 Who:      12 interns
 When:      Fall 2015
 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 NCARB leadership.
Selection: Your essay will be reviewed by members of the Internship Advisory Committee, which is made up of interns, architects, and collateral representatives. The committee will not see your personal information.
Essay Question: In the “Expression of Interest” portion of the online application, address the following questions in 300 words or less:
  • How do you see yourself as part of the architecture profession?
  • What is your view on the value of an architecture license?
Deadline: Thursday, March 5 at 3 p.m. EST

Make a Difference

Since 2012, NCARB has convened three Intern Think Tank groups. Each group of 12 interns has explored different aspects of internship, licensure, and ways of engaging supervisors. The work done by these groups helps inform the development of NCARB programs and Model Law.


  • Unlicensed at the time of application.
  • Have at least 320 hours of approved IDP experience and an active NCARB Record.
  • Available to travel to Washington, DC, in fall 2015. All related expenses will be covered per a standard NCARB travel policy.
  • Willingness and ability to participate in approximately five (5) conference calls.
  • Willingness and ability to conduct up to 10 hours of research over the next year.
  • Have not held an officer or other leadership position with any architectural collateral organizations at the national, regional, state, or local (chapter) levels: NCARB, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ASCA), or the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
  • A reference may be requested prior to selection.

Help Shape the Future of Licensure – Apply Now!

The 2015 Intern Think Tank will convene on a Friday and Saturday in October 2015 at the NCARB office in Washington, DC. Selected participants will also participate in 3-4 virtual meetings and will receive assignments to be completed following the meeting in the fall.

The application process is now open! To apply, visit the online volunteer application. Please complete the application and, under the committee choices section, select “Intern Think Tank.” In the "Expression of Interest" area, answer the following questions in 300 words or less:

  • How do you see yourself as part of the architecture profession?
  • What is your view on the value of an architecture license?

Your essays will be reviewed and selected by members of the Internship Advisory Committee. This committee is composed of interns and architects. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 5 at 3 p.m. EST.


If you have questions about the Intern Think Tank, please contact Martin Smith at   

Related Publications


2012 AIA-NCARB Internship and Career Survey (April 2013)
New! The 2012 Internship and Career survey was commissioned jointly by the AIA and NCARB. Continuing similar research efforts conducted in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2010, the survey seeks to provide insight into the career path choices of architectural interns and non-traditional career seeking architectural graduates, informing the national discourse on improving architectural internship.

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