Career Development Information
LAU has established a Career Guidance Office that offers placement services in a one-stop shop for students, alumni and employers, and reports to the Office of the Dean of Students.
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 to help students explore a variety of career paths in their major, build their professional identity and network with employers looking for their skills and experience.
The School of Architecture and Design shares any career opportunities it receives with the Career Guidance Office, thereby contributing to the university’s centralized database that is managed by Career Services. The school is planning to expand this involvement in order to improve its assistance to students and alumni by establishing a dedicated staff position for this purpose.
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)
- AIA Website
- AIA Middle-East Website
- The American Institute of Architecture Students Website
- Towards an Evolution of Studio Culture (PDF)
- AIA Career Center for Emerging Professionals
NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards)
- NCARB Website
- NCARB Website: Gaining AXP Experience
- NCARB Website: Passing the ARE
- NCARB Website: Getting licensed
- NCARB Website: Getting NCARB-certified