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Intern Development Program (IDP)
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All of NCARB’s 54 U.S. jurisdictions have an experience requirement that must be documented and completed before one becomes licensed. This time between fulfilling the education requirement and getting licensed is referred to as an architectural internship. NCARB’s Intern Development Program (IDP) guides interns through this process and is the standard accepted means of completing the experience requirement in almost all U.S. jurisdictions. On July 1, 2015, NCARB will streamline the Intern Development Program (IDP) by no longer requiring elective hours.

Interns may earn IDP supplemental experience hours by volunteering with AIASF, completing assignments in the Emerging Professional Companion (EPC), attending any of the AIASF tours, or entering our design competitions.


  • Site Tours specifically designed for interns to earn IDP Hours (up to 40 hour, Construction Phase: Observation).
  • Design/Build Volunteer Opportunities with the Center for Architecture + Design, which can be used to fulfill Community-Based Design Center hours (up to 40 hours per area).
  • Volunteer with Journeyman International (up to 40 hours per area)


  • Regular AIA Tours with project architects (up to 40 hours)
  • Volunteering with AIASF (up to 320 hours)
  • Design Competitions (up to 40 hours per area)


Looking for an IDP mentor? AIASF members who are available to help answer your questions about IDP and can sign off of some of your experience hours. Mentors can sign off on Emerging Professional Companion (EPC), design competitions and site visits. Please email Renee Cohn with questions.