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Career Services

Career Services at Columbia GSAPP strives to keep students in touch with the professional world beyond Avery Hall and professionals aware of our excellent students. Each degree program has their own dedicated Career Services Professional. Career Services organizes events ranging from Career Fairs, Workshops, Alumni Networking Events and Panel discussions. We want to serve students well, so please get in touch with your ideas and suggestions!

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.

Looking for a Job?

Log-in to Engage, the Columbia GSAPP Career Services platform

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.

Job Listings:

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Career Counseling

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.

Professional Portfolio Feedback
Get critical feedback on your professional portfolio. E-mail Leslie Kuo (lek2162@columbia.edu) to set up an appointment.
Elective Internship Course
This elective credit-based internship course (1.5 credits) provides students with the opportunity to apply their expertise and skills in a real world setting. Students work with practitioners and industry experts to explore their interests in more depth and to expand their knowledge of working environments and career paths. Additionally, internships provide students with an inside view of their industry and the chance to develop connections in their professional network. Only students who have completed two semesters of graduate level work are eligible for the internship course. Contact careers@arch.columbia.edu for more information.
International Students

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”.

  • Pre-Completion OPT
    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


Architectural Experience Program (AXP)

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.

Architecture Registration Examination (ARE)

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.

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For further information regarding Lincensure, please refer to:

National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)

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

Selected Firms Employing Columbia GSAPP Alumni

Our Architecture, Urban Design, Urban Planning, Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development alumni are well-placed in leading practices, cultural institutions, and universities around the globe:
AAPA Real Estate
Adjaye Associates
Allied Works Architecture
Architectural Association
Beijing Urban Planning & Design Institute
Bernard Tschumi Architects
Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners
BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
BKSK Architects
BRB Construction
Brooklyn Museum
Building Conservation Associates
California College of the Arts
Central Park Conservancy Cloisters Museum
Chuhai Institute
CIM Group City of Hartford, CT
City of Glendale, CA
City of Portland, OR
City of Tacoma, WA
Clipper Equity
Columbia GSAPP
Connecticut Green Bank
Cornell University
DOCOMOMO Essex Works
Davis Brody Bond
The Democracy Collaborative
Design Trust for Public Space
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Environmental Science Associates
ETH Zurich
Fair Food
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Foster + Partners
Frank Gehry & Associates
Friends of the Upper Eastside Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
Gilbane Construction
Ghana Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project
Governor’s Island National Park
Greater Portland Landmarks
Guggenheim Museum
Harvard Graduate School of Architecture
Hawaii State Historic Preservation Office
Heintges Consulting Architects & Engineers P.C.
Herzog & de Meuron
Higgins & Quasebarth
Historic Santa Fe Foundation
Hudson Square Connection BID
IBI Group
Indian Institute for Human
Jablonski Building Conservation
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
The Jemstone Group
JJP, Architects & Planners
Jones Lang LaSalle
Kengo Kuma & Associates
Lend Lease
L+M Development
Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation
Lorcan O'Herlihy Architects
LTL Architects
MAD Architects
Madison International Realty
McKinsey & Company
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Monadnock Development
Mortor Development
Morris Adjmi Architects
Municipal Art Society Neighborhood Preservation Center
National Center for Preservation Technology
National University of Singapore
Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates
New York City Council
New York Economic Development Corporation
NYC Dept. of City Planning
NYC Department of Environmental Protection
NYC Department of Transportation
NYC Economic Development Corporation
NYC Housing Development Corporation
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission New York City Parks Department NY Preservation Archive Project Rockefeller Brothers Foundation Skyscraper Museum
New Yorkers for Parks
Office of the Brooklyn Borough President
Ohio State University
The Participatory Budgeting Project
Perkins + Will
The Planning Center | DC&E
Port Authority of NY & NJ
Pratt Institute
RXR Realty
Regional Plan Association
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Resource Systems Group, Inc.
Rhode Island School of Design
Rio World Heritage Institute
Robert A.M. Stern
Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Sam Schwartz Engineering
San Francisco Parks Department
Sentinel Real Estate Corporation
Selldorf Architects
Space Group, Oslo
Silicon Ranch
Solomonoff Architecture Studio
Stage 3 Properties
Steven Holl Architects
Storefront for Art and Architecture
Studio Gang
Syracuse University
The Living
Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
TU Delft
Trust for Architectural Easements
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Hong Kong
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
University of Washington
Urbane Development, LLC
US Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy
Weiss Manfredi
World Bank
World Monuments Fund
WSP | Parsons Brinkerhoff
Yale School of Architecture