The opportunity to do an internship as part of their studies is an important element of the education and is also important to the school’s students. This is an opportunity for students to test themselves in a context outside their studies, an opportunity to test their professionalism in practice and an opportunity to begin building a professional network that, for the first time, extends beyond their fellow students.
In their internships, students learn things they can only learn properly by being in a workplace where architectural expertise is the focal point. The great complexity of the discipline, its cross-disciplinary collaborations, its legislative texts, and types of tender are all topics that may appear dry and abstract in a school context, but which in practice become concrete and fascinating to students. This is why internships that take place during students’ studies are a significant supplement to the academic teaching provided by the school as well as an opportunity the vast majority of the school’s students take advantage of.
Awareness of professional knowledge and skills
Internships give students an insight into the diverse working life that lies ahead and help them find the professional specialization they wish to pursue on the Master’s Degree Programme. What students experience during their internships, which lie at the end of the three-year undergraduate programme, affects the kind of architects we send out into the profession the following years. The internship, therefore, becomes an occasion for the student, the training place, and the school to influence the architects of the future together.
Internships create am awareness of professional skills and competencies among students. Often internships also provide a much needed break from academic studies. A break where everything students have learnt at the school is suddenly experienced from a different perspective, which motivates them to continue developing professionally and makes them want to make a difference through architecture.