Is your firm Intern Friendly?AIA Alabama places great importance on the development of interns in our state. The "Intern Friendly" firm profile program will assist interns in their job search as well as providing firms with an additional recruiting tool.
Last year, a committee was established by NCARB to revisit the Intern Development Program. A recommendation was made by that committee to recognize firms that provide assistance and support to interns preparing for registration.
In support of this idea, the Alabama Council of AIA is creating an "Intern Friendly" firm profile program to strengthen the internship process in Alabama. It is our hope that this "Intern Friendly" firm profile program, will assist interns in their transition from academia into professional practice.
Please review the following guidelines set forth by the Intern Development Committee. If your firm meets these requirements, you are eligible for "Intern Friendly" Firm Status:
- Establish program through which interns are mentored by senior level professionals in all areasof the firms practice including the assignment of an individual mentor if requested. (This is a requirement of the Intern Development Program through NCARB).
- Assist interns in developing knowledge of the NCARB/AIA core competencies through inner office educational programs including speakers, field trips, opportunities to observe presentations, business meetings and the like, and to encourage and support their participation in educational opportunities and professional organizations outside the work place.
- Provide administrative and technical support including the furnishing of resource and study materials, record keeping assistance and practice examinations.
- Provide a minimum of 20 hours of paid leave for taking the architectural registration exam.
- Reimburse interns a minimum of $1000 of the cost related to taking the ARE including enrollment in the IDP program, books, and one study course with passage of exam. (For updated information on the schedule and cost of the ARE/IDP program, visit NCARB's website, www.ncarb.org.)
Alabama Council AIA looks forward to the year ahead and the opportunities this program can provide to our members and future members.
AIA Alabama places great importance on the development of interns in our state. The "Intern Friendly" firm profile program will assist interns in their job search as well as providing firms with an additional recruiting tool.
To be included in the Intern Friendly Firm Profile, please send the Alabama Council of AIA a letter (on company letterhead) stating your firm's alignment with the above requirements. If your firm qualifies as an Intern Friendly Firm, please email the Alabama Council AIA's Office to be listed.Alabama Council AIA looks forward to the year ahead and the opportunities this program can provide to our members and future members.