The survival guide to architectural internship and career development

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J. Wiley, Feb 10, 2006 - Architecture - 258 pages
"This book goes very long way toward taking the mystery out of the intern process. It offers advice on how to get your first job, make your way through the Intern Development Program (IDP), and take the Architect Registration Exam (ARE). It also addresses how to protect your employee rights, receive a fair salary, continue your education, find a mentor, persue nintraditional paths, work abroad, and start your own firm. When you finish reading this book, you may wonder, as I did, why something like this has not existed before now."
--From the Foreword by Thomas Fisher, DeanCollege of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota

Successfully navigating a career path in architecture can be daunting, and it only begins at graduation with an accredited degree. You'll have many questions: What is the right architecture firm for me? When, why, and how do I complete the IDP? Should I become licensed? How much time do I have to decide? Where can I go for answers?

Written by Grace Kim, a young architect who has worked in large and small firms and started her own firm, "The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development" is a concise guide to understanding the choices and decisions you will confront on the road from student to practitioner.

Whether you are currently an architecture student, starting the internship process, taking the registration exams, or beginning your own firm, this book demystifies the process for you. Kim offers helpful tips for the many professional development milestones, and first-person short essays from interns, architects, and those who chose an alternative path provide real-world advice to readers.

For everyone entering the architecture profession and related fields, "The Survival Guide to Architectural Internship and Career Development" is a valuable book you'll turn to for advice--from finding a mentor to starting your own firm.

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Grace H. Kim, AIA, is a principal and co-founder of Schemata Workshop, an architectural collaborative in Seattle. Kim received her bachelor of architecture with a minor in business from Washington State University, and had previously worked in practice at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in Chicago, Bumgardner Architects in Seattle, and as principal at Place Architects in Seattle. For two years, Kim was university education coordinator at the International Masonry Institute, where she developed masonry education programs for architecture students. As a member of the AIA Mentorship Task Group, she spearheaded efforts to create a national AIA mentorship website, entitled "Mentorship: a Journey in Collaborative Learning." In 2004, Kim was the first recipient of the AIA NAC/YAF Emerging Professionals Mentorship Award.