Journeyman International (JI) and AIA Kansas City are collaborating to create opportunities for emerging professionals to earn hours in IDP core areas outside of the workplace. In the JI Emerging Professional Program (EPP), interns will work on real projects, with real clients located in some of the poorest countries in the world. Among other tasks, interns will have the opportunity to transform schematics and initial renderings into construction documents on facilities ranging from schools to orphanages.
Journeyman International is a 501c3 non-profit that provides architectural services to humanitarian organizations worldwide. JI’s innovative model was developed in 2009 by undergraduate architecture and construction management students and today still relies on these demographics to produce sustainable designs to communities that need them most. To date, JI has worked with over 30 students on 18 designs in 20 countries. Three projects are currently under construction, with an anticipated four more to break ground this year. Participation in the program costs $100 and interested interns should visit www.journeymaninternational.org to apply and for more information.
According to the AXP guidelines, interns can obtain 40 hours maximum per experience area (except Leadership and Service) totaling 640 hours through Community-Based Design Center/ Collaborative for volunteer service in support of a pre-approved charitable organization. Journeyman International has been pre-approved by NCARB and is thus eligible to award interns with hours in all 16 eligible experience areas.
An AXP supervisor is the individual who supervises the intern on a daily basis. JI has licensed architects on staff to supervise the intern during their enrollment in the EPP. The interns also have the option to reach out to their employer to act as supervisor for the duration of the project as well should the employer want to be involved. The AXP supervisor is required to certify that the information submitted in the experience report is true, correct and the work is performed competently. Because JI is a Community-Based Design Center/Collaborative, staff members who are professionals in other disciplines (ie: structural engineering, construction management, etc.) will be able to supervise hours in certain experience settings.