Prior to graduation, all students are required to fulfill 500 hours of work. A minimum of 250 hours must be with a registered architect and the remaining 250 hours may be with a faculty approved alternative. This work must be verified by the department coordinator of Professional Practice and Cooperative Education.
The Department of Architecture requires that students fulfill 500 hours of internship in order to graduate. The department believes that this is an essential part of each student’s professional development. Undergraduate and graduate students must show evidence of a minimum of 500 hours of professional internship.
Students are eligible to begin professional internship immediately upon enrolment in the program at any point in the curriculum. Students begin the process by visiting the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) website. http://www.ncarb.org/
The website has information on the basics for becoming an Architect and if you follow the Start Link on the home page you can follow the link to register for NCARB and establish your personal NCARB account and NCARB eligibility date. Students may sign up for NCARB anytime they are ready to start recording hours in their account. NCARB charges an initial fee of $350 to be an NCARB member. NCARB will delay the full payment for 3 years while a student is in school. A $100 payment is required to start so students should wait to register until they are ready to actively start recording hours needed for graduation; these hours will also count towards your internship requirements for professional registration.
Download the RED eligibility form PDF from the website and fill in:
- Your new NCARB registration number.
- Your name
- University: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
- College/School/Department: Department of Architecture
- NAAB/CACB-Accredited Degree Program: Bachelor of Architecture /Master of Architecture
- Date of Enrollment: (The date you started your first class at Cal Poly)
Print out and return the form to the Department Office or email the PDF form to the Department of Architecture IDP Coordinator Associate Professor Marc Schulitz, NCARB. Make sure to save the form with a new file name so that your entries are saved.
NCARB provides extensive supporting materials that describe the IDP process. Much of this material is covered in ARC 471 Professional Practice. Students are responsible for their personal professional development and should download and read all of the NCARB materials that are provided online. The Department of Architecture accepts 500 NCARB hours in any NCARB IDP category. Your Cal Poly Pomona internship requirement will be satisfied by submitting a copy of your official NCARB transcript or progress file, showing a minimum of 500 hours, to the Department of Architecture IDP Coordinator Associate Professor Marc Schulitz, NCARB.
You will need to record your internship hours online and then the hours will have to be confirmed by your qualified supervisor at work. This is done through an online process described in the NCARB materials.
The current economic situation may make it somewhat challenging for students to find employment. NCARB provides a description of many alternatives for approved work, including employment with engineers, landscape architects, and contractors, volunteer work for non-profit organizations, study books and online education opportunities that allow the 500 hour Cal Poly Pomona requirement to be satisfied without employment. Students should not engage in uncompensated work for for-profit firms When employed, students should be aware of the NCARB requirements for a minimum number of hours per week and number of consecutive weeks of employment before beginning work. This information is available on the NCARB website. Your Cal Poly Pomona IDP Coordinator does not play any role in qualifying or approving hours. Your Coordinator may advise you, but you are ultimately responsible for taking charge of your professional development requirements.
Do not apply for graduation unless this internship requirement is complete or will be completed during the quarter you anticipate that you will graduate. If you have not completed your internship requirement, this does not prevent you from participating in the commencement ceremony in June; it means that you will need to file an Academic Petition to Graduate Out of Residency and will file for graduation via BroncoDirect when your internship requirement is satisfied.