Dayne DeSerres is a working intern at Edward Rowse Architects based in Foxboro Massachusetts. He promotes the firm via Social Media and we communicate often on Twitter. A few weeks back, Dayne reached out in response to My Ultimate Guide to Landing Your First Job in Architecture. He offered to come on the show with Jim Partridge and Steve Tucker, two leaders from his firm, to discuss the role of interns at Edward Rowse Architects and what students should be doing to prepare themselves for the hiring process.
This episode is filled with information and advice. We get into the details and discuss a specific step by step process for landing your first job in architecture.
Summer is coming fast. You should already be out there, pounding the pavement and building relationships with decision makers at the firms in which you are interested. Not sure where to start, how to dress or what to say? This episode will answer all those questions and more.
At the end of the show, I asked a very important question for students entering the profession. Listen to the episode to learn what that question was, as well as the valuable responses each of my guests shared with our community.
Not a student or intern? No worries. This episode includes some great tips for seasoned architects as well. I found it very interesting from the hiring side, to learn what other firms are doing to find good people. Listen to the show and let me know if you agree.
If you have any questions that are not answered on the show, please include them in the comments below and I will ask Dayne, Jim and Steve to share their thoughts.
Topics Discussed in this Episode
- Finding the right people for your firm
- What should students be doing to prepare for their job search?
- Intern Development Program (IDP)
- The importance of having hands-on construction experience
- The role of the intern in an architecture firm
- Co-op student programs
- The things architects look for when hiring
- Exposed to every aspect of the practice
- Wentworth University
- Roger Williams University
- Boston Architectural College
- The organizational business structure of Edward Rowse Architects
- The Portfolio and Resume Checklist
- The process of evaluating potential intern candidates
- The importance of showing dedication and commitment in your life experience. (e.g. Eagle Scout)
- Seeking people to grow with the firm
- How to present yourself to be more attractive to firms
- Firms getting involved with schools to help students prepare
- Very specific step by step advice on how to get your first job in architecture
- What is the single most important thing students should be doing to prepare to enter the profession?
- The importance of communication skills
Links from this Episode
The Portfolio & Resume Review Checklist (This is a great tool to confirm that you are as awesome as you think you are.)
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