Career Development Information

LAU has established a Career Guidance Office that reports to the Office of the Dean of Students. The Career Guidance Office offers placement services that are integrated in a one stop-shop for students, alumni, and employers who benefit from this service.

Employers post available internship/job opportunities on the career portal. Students and alumni apply to the relevant vacancies by uploading their CVs which are then downloaded by employers. The Career Guidance staff monitor the process by disseminating the internship/job postings to a customized mailing list of students/alumni according to their majors and level/years of experience as requested by the employer. They also validate uploaded CVs before they are downloaded by the employer. 

The Career Guidance office also organizes several events and workshops on campus for students to help them explore a variety of career paths in the major they chose. They help the students to build their professional identity and to network with employers looking for their skills and experience.

In addition to this centralized Career Services, the School of Architecture & Design is in the process of establishing an additional service that is specific to the students in its various programs. The staff member in charge of following up on School career opportunities will coordinate with the Career Guidance Office in order to improve the assistance to students and alumni and to connect them to available opportunities in the market. This position will be established by Fall 2018. 

For more information on the services provided by the Career Guidance Office, kindly click here.

Architecture Internship: Advising, Guidance and Support

The student internship system has been revised to meet new criteria for incoming students. The new internship is in line with the NCARB AXP, Architecture Experience Program, and is divided over two courses: Internship I which takes place during the summer term of the fourth year, and Internship II which takes place in the Fall of the fifth year.

During the spring semester preceding the internship semester, a workshop is held to provide advising, guidance and support, namely:

  • Introduction of the Internship program.
  • Overview of NCARB AXP and applicability in local market.
  • ARE (Architect Registration Examination), Licensing, and Certification.
  • Guidance to resources and tools, including Internship Reporting From.
  • Preparation for internship interview.
  • How to write a resume and prepare a portfolio
  • Recommended list of companies/employers acceptable for internship.

The LAU Licensing Advisor assisted by an Internship Coordinator will be in charge thereafter of following up with Internship Students/Aspiring Architects, providing them with special guidance through the internship process, and monitoring their performance.

At the end of the Internship, Aspiring Architects submit an Internship Report for the Licensing Advisor review. The report is then evaluated mainly for correlation of actual performed tasks with the internship criteria, which meet the AXP guidelines.

Additionally, the LAU Licensing Advisor provides Aspiring Architects with mentorship on NCARB matters, including assistance with establishing their AXP Record and reporting training hours. Also, ARE is highlighted and pertinent information is made available to encourage Aspiring Architects pursue Licensing and Certification.

For a better understanding of the larger context for architecture education and the career pathways available to graduates of accredited degree programs, please check the following resources.

AIA (American Institute of Architects)

https://www.aia.org/ 
http://www.aiamiddleeast.org/
http://www.aias.org/
https://www.academyart.edu/content/dam/assets/pdf/AIAS-Toward-an-Evolution-of-Studio-Culture_2008.pdf
https://www.aia.org/career-center/emerging-professionals

NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)

https://www.ncarb.org
https://www.ncarb.org/gain-axp-experience
https://www.ncarb.org/pass-the-are
https://www.ncarb.org/get-licensed
https://www.ncarb.org/advance-your-career/ncarb-certificate/get-certified

ACSA (Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture)

http://www.acsa-arch.org