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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. Please get in touch with your ideas and suggestions!
General Queries: email@example.com
Architecture and Urban Design: Karen Cover
Real Estate Development: Rebecca Andersen Polimeda
Urban Planning: Douglas Woodward
Historic Preservation: Sarahgrace Godwin
Please be reminded that Columbia GSAPP does not advertise unpaid positions or internships, and expects employers to fairly compensate students for work completed.
Career Services hosts a regular series of events ranging from career fairs, workshops, alumni networking events and panel discussions. Scroll down to view past events and visit GSAPP’s event calendar for the latest updates.
Tuesday Talks is an opportunity for the GSAPP Students to connect with the larger Alumni community for informational mentorship this summer. The program pairs current students with alumni professionals for hour-long, one-on-one conversations about career development.
Register for an upcoming session here.
AIA Career Center
American Planning Association
American Planning Association, New York Chapter
Archinect job board
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) Job Board
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
City of New York
Design Gigs for Good
Dezeen Job Board
National Council on Public History
National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Careers
National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) Job Board
New York Foundation for the Arts
NOMA Career Center
NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) Employment
Opus Career Management
Women in Housing and Finance, Inc
Although not a job board, the AIA Firm Directory provides a directory of all firms in NYC, searchable by type of work and size of firm.
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.
For more comprehensive information regarding important eligibility requirements, please visit Columbia ISSO.
GSAPP students can meet individually with a Career Services Officer to review 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:
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.
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 NAAB 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