Summer work Opportunities for College and High School Students

Are you a visionary?
An artist? A problem-solver?
Put your skills to work with a career in architecture.

Do you know a College or High School Student who is interested in studying Architecture?

Click here for a list of Architectural Firms that take in summer students

School Search for Architecture Programs

NAAB-Accredited vs. Non-NAAB Accredited Programs

The NAAB is an agency that evaluates architecture programs in the United States to ensure that graduates have the technical and critical thinking skills required to have a rewarding career in the profession. The NAAB’s accreditation is independent of the school’s overall accreditation.

Most of the 55 U.S. licensing boards require that architects hold a professional degree from a NAAB-accredited program, which include bachelor of architecture, master of architecture, and doctor of architecture programs. Additionally, NCARB requires a degree from a NAAB-accredited program to satisfy the education requirement for certification.

Looking for a NAAB-accredited program? Search the NAAB’s list.

Many schools offer architecture programs that have not been accredited by the NAAB. Graduates of these non-accredited programs will be limited in terms of where they can practice, as well as have additional requirements to earn an architecture license and NCARB Certificate.

Learn about your licensure and certification options if you hold a degree from a program that is not accredited by the NAAB.

The Path to Licensure

Before you can call yourself an architect, you have to earn a license by completing your state’s specific requirements. Each of the 55 U.S. licensing boards sets requirements for licensure in their jurisdiction, but they all include three core components: education, experience, and examination.

Ready to get started? Learn more about the basics of becoming an architect.


The first step to following your dream is finding a school that will support your career goals. Most states require a degree from a program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Learn more about studying architecture.


No matter where you intend to practice, you’ll have to earn and document a certain amount of professional experience to ensure you’re ready to be an architect. Our Architectural Experience Program™ (AXP™) provides a framework to guide you through developing and recording that experience. And the best part? You can start as soon as you graduate from high school. Explore the AXP.


Another key part of becoming an architect is completing the Architect Registration Examination® (ARE®). With exam divisions designed to reflect the current profession, the ARE ensures that you’re ready to practice architecture independently. Prepare for the ARE.

Licensure and Certification

Once you’ve met the education, experience, and examination requirements, as well as any additional requirements set by your licensing board, you can apply for a license to practice architecture in your jurisdiction. After you’re licensed, you can advance you career and streamline your ability to practice across borders by earning an NCARB Certificate.