Opportunities for Growth: Supplemental Experience

AIA National Workshop

18 May 2012

Washington, DC—While a slow economy may be making it harder for prospective architects to find valuable work experience, NCARB and the AIA are making sure that opportunities for students, interns, and the next generation of architects have never been greater.

At the AIA 2012 National Convention, NCARB Director, IDP Harry Falconer and AIA Director, Center for Emerging Professionals Kevin Fitzgerald, AIA, PMP, guided a group of interns, architects, and interested parties on how to make the most of the internship experience. With the rollover to IDP 2.0, there are more supplemental experience opportunities that ever. “You can earn a year of IDP experience without ever setting foot in an office,” said Falconer.

Supplemental experience also gives interns the chance to become involved with the profession and their peers. “Mentorship is about talking to someone you trust and who gives you good advice,” said Fitzgerald. “It’s a really easy way for interns to talk to a mentor and be engaged.”

If you’re an intern, IDP supervisor, or mentor and you’d like to know more about ways to strengthen internships, read more in the Experience Through Internships section.