How to Apply for an Architecture Internship

Takbïr Fatima II
May 20, 2017 · 4 min read

Here’s ten pointers that’ll see you through your application process!

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  1. Don’t be generic. Landing an internship is not a one-step act. It involves a process of elimination, and many sets of eyes will see your application. Though you may only be interviewed once, your application is going through multiple stages in the backend. The best way to avoid being eliminated is to stand out from the crowd. Don’t follow a cookie-cutter resume and portfolio format that everyone is doing. Show something that grabs the attention of potential employers, such as an independent project or a live installation or design that you’ve built.
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Illustration — Dyuthi Prakash for Internity

7. Be genuine and specific. Don’t use platitudes such as “You are the leader in the industry,” or “Your firm has a range of projects I would like to learn from.” It may sound flattering, but that doesn’t help you get an internship. Be concise and to the point. Don’t ramble on in your cover letter. Keep sentences short and simple, and share all relevant information, such as your location, your dates of availability for an interview, and duration and official dates of your internship, if you’re applying as a college requirement.

8. Have someone you trust look over your application before you send it. Have them check for typos and redundancies. Edit, edit, edit to make it to the point.

9. Don’t hesitate to apply if you don’t meet all the criteria. If your work is good, and you seem like a valuable candidate, the decision-maker will move things around and at least meet you for an interview. Once your foot is in the door, you can pitch why they should hire you.

10. Follow up, but don’t be a nuisance. If there’s a firm you’ve really set your heart on, you can call them a couple of weeks after you apply as a gentle reminder and to put your name in their ear. But don’t call incessantly and insist on an answer. If you do, the answer will be no, because they probably received a lot of applications that require time looking through. Don’t call to ask if there are vacancies, just check the website, most firms will have the information on there. If you do need to call, call on the landline so that someone can help you instead of dialling the chief architect’s personal number.

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Takbïr Fatima II

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Part-time architect, educator, entrepreneur, full-time traveler, thinker, tinkerer // Director: DesignAware / Fractals Workshop // Associate: ard / BuildAware.

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Internity

Internity is a platform that helps prospective students and interns find their way to the other side of university.

Takbïr Fatima II

Written by

Part-time architect, educator, entrepreneur, full-time traveler, thinker, tinkerer // Director: DesignAware / Fractals Workshop // Associate: ard / BuildAware.

Internity

Internity

Internity is a platform that helps prospective students and interns find their way to the other side of university.

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