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IPAL: Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure.

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Looking for highly qualified interns? Consider hiring interns enrolled in an Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) program. Through advanced preparation, these NCARB-accepted programs prepare students to excel in practice. By hiring an intern from an IPAL program, firms can help nurture future architects and build creative synergy between practice and the academy.

What makes an IPAL student intern different?

IPAL students are very career-driven and have chosen a rigorous path that will allow them to earn their architect’s license upon graduation and advance their careers through demonstrated qualification and experience. Unlike other architecture programs, IPAL students are required to complete their AXP hours (formerly known as IDP) and take the ARE while enrolled in school. These intensive experiences help to make IPAL students better prepared for future career goals in architecture. There are currently 26 programs at 21 colleges accepted by NCARB to offer the IPAL program.

NewSchool of Architecture & Design, located in downtown San Diego, and Woodbury University, located in Burbank with a campus in San Diego, are currently seeking internship placement for their IPAL students. If you are interested in hiring an architecture intern from an IPAL program please reach out to the contacts below:

NewSchool of Architecture & Design:

NewSchool offers a highly selective IPAL program at the graduate level. Graduate students take evening classes allowing them the flexibility to have exposure to architectural practices during normal work hours. Students are available to intern full-time during the summer and part-time during the academic year, for a maximum of 20 hours per week. NewSchool is currently seeking to place IPAL students for this summer and during the 2017-2018 academic year. Interested in learning about available IPAL students? Contact NewSchool’s Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) Coordinator, Mitra Kanaani, at or by phone at (858) 663-2127. For more information on NewSchool programs, visit


Woodbury University:

Woodbury School of Architecture is distinguished by its multiple locations at the heart of the Southern California creative industries: Los Angeles, Hollywood and the San Diego campus in Barrio Logan. The Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) initiative is offered for both our undergraduate (BArch) and graduate (MArch) programs. At Woodbury, students in the IPAL programs work during the summers, and for one year prior to their penultimate academic year, their focus is on work while attending school part-time during the academic year. We’re currently looking to place IPAL students in Los Angeles and San Diego. If you’d like to learn more about Woodbury’s IPAL program or our students, you can contact Catherine Roussel, our Architect Licensing Advisor, at (818) 394-3339, or by email at For more information about our programs, visit

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