Your journey from student to professional
architect will move through several stages.
Stage 1: Student Projects
If you possibly can, begin your career in architecture while
you're still in school. Look for a part-time job related to
architecture or design. Do clerical work or drafting for an
architect or designer. Consider volunteering for an
emergency relief organization or charitable program that
provides design services for those in need. Whether you are paid
or not, the experience will give you the opportunity to develop
your skills and build a strong portfolio.
Stage 2: Internship
Most graduates work for several
years as interns before they take licensing exams and become
licensed architects. For help finding an internship, visit the
career center at your college. Also look to your professors for
Stage 3: Licensing Exams
In the United States and
Canada, architects must take and pass the Architect Registration
Examination (ARE) to receive a professional license in architecture.
The ARE exams are rigorous; some students take extra coursework to
Stage 4: Job Search
After completing the AREs, some
students find jobs at the same firms where they interned. Others
seek employment elsewhere. Either way, a strong career network will
pave the way toward a success.