It may sound simplistic, but the first step to reaching your goals is to actually sit down and set them. Your career goals are no different. What do you want to do after you graduate? What salary do you want to command? Where do you want to be in five years?
If you don’t have the answers to these questions, don’t worry, that’s what this section is all about. Besides the University of Colorado Denver Career Center, the College has great resources to help you set and reach your career goals.
For architecture students, here are some resources to assist you as you seek to understand the larger context of architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs:
As you know, internships are a great way to begin the transition from academia to your chosen profession. So every semester the College of Architecture and Planning partners with top firms and agencies to offer internships for academic credit. The main objective of the program is to immerse yourself in your chosen field and (if possible) begin the networking process. Additionally (and most importantly), the firms and agencies have the opportunity to preview you for employment.
To begin the process, contact Christopher Nims, Director of Mentor and Internship Programs, at 303.315.1014.
Here are the minimum requirements you’ll need:
- Representative examples of your work
- Statement of professional intent
The popularity of the program breeds a certain level of competition, so you’re encouraged to start the process sometime during your third year in the College. Following a personal interview with the college representative, firms and agencies are recommended to you. Once you have the names of firms to contact, it will be your responsibility to schedule your own interviews, present your portfolio and negotiate the details of the internship (hours, etc). If you have any questions about the process or what to expect, you can always contact the internship program at 303.315.1014.
After You Have the Internship
During the semester, you’ll be required to spend a minimum of 136 hours with your firm, upon which you willearn academic credit hours that can be applied to either professional studies or general elective credit. How those hours are spent, the work you’ll do, and the compensation you’ll receive is discussed directly between you and the firm. At the end of your internship, you’ll submit time sheets signed by a firm representative along with a student questionnaire. Additionally, the firm will submit a confidential evaluation regarding your performance. All of this information is to be submitted to your department’s internship coordinator.
Internships are encouraged though they are generally not accepted in meeting Concentration requirements. Exceptions must be approved in writing by the Concentration Coordinator prior to commencement of the internship. Please note,you should verify allowed internship credit hours foryour individual degree program with your department chair or academic advisor.
View the list of past and current firms and agencies where CAP students have interned:
Urban and Regional Planning
Through a partnership with representative professional organizations, the College of Architecture and Planning offers a great mentorship program. The partnering organizations include: The American Institute of Architects, The American Society of Landscape Architects and The American Planning Association.
The Colorado Mentoring Network, a partnership with AIA Colorado, was named one of three Best Practices in Mentorship nationally for its work pairing senior level undergraduates, graduate students and young professionals with architecture, planning and landscape architecture practitioners.
The mentorship program gives you a resource outside the College for professional development. Mentorship assignments are based on mutual professional interests, practice profile and intellectual engagement in the particular discipline. An individual mentorship program is mutually designed by both you (the protégé) and the mentor to meet individual goals. Activities can involve:
- Site visits
- Project reviews
- Attending open public meetings
- Studio critique
- Portfolio review
- Discussing questions of professional development
The mentorship programs are voluntary on behalf of both you and your mentor, and the actual duration is also determined by both parties. As a result of the nature of the program, mentorship participation is not for academic credit and does not involve fees or remuneration.
Mentorship assignments are recommended for the last two years of undergraduate programs and anytime during graduate studies. Forms and Ethics Agreement can be accessed through the individual department.