Intern architects are recent college graduates who are preparing for their architecture license. They have just finished a university architecture program and are enrolled in an internship program in which they work under the guidance of one or more established architects. Often, a sponsor - an architect at another firm - guides the intern through the process. The sponsor and supervising architects work cooperatively to ensure that the intern is satisfying all requirements of the internship program.
Intern architects work side by side with architects in on-the-job work. They meet with clients, develop contracts and assist clients with any questions or concerns. They discuss potential projects and determine necessary information regarding a client's spatial or structural requirements. Intern architects work through the design process, developing the design and drawing blueprints for projects. They must incorporate necessary engineering elements into their designs. They also consult with the clients for design input, including colors, equipment, related costs, and the amount of time the project will take. During the construction project, intern architects often do on-site observations and field supervision to ensure that construction is going as planned. Compliance with the design plans is something that they must inspect.
Once the intern architects successfully complete the internship program, they receive licensure and can officially work as an architect.
Intern Architect Tasks
- Assemble presentation packages and material boards for landlord and developer review.
- Execute square footage reports from the building information model for each store project.
- Render building images from the building information model at various quality levels.
- Assist project manager during the development of the site and building design.
- Assist the architecture department with special department or company projects.