As summer approaches, many of our GSAPP students are seeking internships, and we encourage you to log into Engage for new opportunities.
Please be reminded that GSAPP does not advertise unpaid positions or internships, and expects employers to fairly compensate students for work completed.
Get advice from Professor of Practice, Paul Segal, in the How to Get a Job Guide. This booklet also includes tips on how to create a strong resume, cover letter and work samples, sample interview questions and networking dos and don'ts.
Other Helpful Links:
AIA Firm Directory, a directory of all firms in NYC, searchable by type of work and size of firm.
AIA Compensation Survey Salary Calculator, This AIA salary calculator includes data for full-time architectural staff employees at AIA member firms in the U.S.
The Architecture Salary Poll, to learn about salary ranges.
Columbia Print Services, to make student business cards.
GSAPP students can meet individually with the Career Services Officer to review career options, revise a resume or cover letter, plan a job search strategy, and practice interview skills. To schedule an appointment, please email the appropriate contact.
International students interested in working off-campus in a paid position while studying at GSAPP have 2 options:
Elective Internship Course + CPT
GSAPP offers a 1.5 elective internship course (ARCHA4050, PLANA4050, etc) to allow students to fulfill the academic requirements of CPT, since Internship is not a degree requirement at GSAPP.
International students who enroll in the elective internship during fall or spring may not pay extra, as GSAPP’s tuition is a flat fee for fulltime enrollment between 12 and 19 pts. If a student enrolls in summer and is not registered full-time, they are charged for the 1.5 pt course. The class is 1.5 pts since the CPT rules state “students must earn credit commensurate with other elective courses that count toward the degree”.
If an international student prefers not to enroll in the elective internship course and apply for CPT, they may apply for pre-completion OPT.
OPT does not have the same academic CPT requirement of “an elective course that counts toward fulfilling your degree requirements".
Students have a maximum of OPT time for each degree level. OPT time used during your program is deducted from post-graduation OPT.
Elective CPT and OPT requires that students first be in the US in F-1 status for two consecutive full-time semesters. You must enter the US within 30 days of the start of the semester in order for your first semester to count towards the requirement.
More comprehensive information regarding important eligibility requirements – please see: https://isso.columbia.edu/content/employment
The Architectural Experience Program (AXP) is a system designed by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) to help aspiring architects track the hours and tasks completed during the internship years. Completion of the program is required by almost all American states before sitting for licensure exams.
If you want to be a licensed architect in America, we highly recommend you learn more about AXP, and register as early as possible if appropriate, since it is a time-sensitive process.
To learn more please visit the NCARB website.
The Architecture Registration Examination (ARE) is a series of 6 exams that allow an individual to get licensed in a given state in America. The exam is a national standard, but licensure is tied to individual states. Therefore you must decide in which state you would like to be a registered architect, and then apply to take the exam in that state. Eligibility to take the exam varies from state to state.
The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) will release ARE 5.0 in November. To learn more about the transition and how to prepare for the tests, please visit NCARB’s website: http://www.ncarb.org/ARE/ARE5.aspx
To see the pass rates for Columbia GSAPP, please visit NCARB’s Pass Rates By School.
The Master of Architecture program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) and as per https://www.naab.org thereby does meet the academic requirements for licensure in all 50 states.
Please note: states may have additional requirements to sit for the Architecture Registration Exam (ARE).
Date of Last Revision: June 2020