Apr 1st 2019

Get Advice On Landing Your First Architectural Internship

Wednesday, April 10, 2019
S. R. Crown Hall, Upper Core
6 p.m.

With summer and graduation around the corner, internships are on the minds of many architecture students at Illinois Institute of Technology. To assist in the search, members of the College of Architecture’s Board of Advisors will be hosting a question-and-answer session with students in S. R. Crown Hall in the upper core on April 10. They will offer students advice on how to land their first architecture internships and launch their careers, while answering other burning questions from the student body.

The evening will kick off at 6 p.m. with an introduction from Robert Mellott (ARCH ’69), an Illinois Tech alumnus and the current director of Brummitt Energy Associates, a Southern California firm dedicated to reducing carbon footprints through the production of high-efficiency buildings. During his career, Mellott has contributed on design work for buildings such as the Johnson Publishing Company headquarters in Chicago and has led teams in the master planning of cleanroom manufacturing facilities for such companies as IBM and Intel.

“From my experience, I recommend that the graduating architecture student pursue an internship to licensing,” says Mellott. “This is not only to facilitate becoming a practicing architect in the career path that students may envision, but also to gain a broad range of experience and credentials to be ready to take on unexpected opportunities that will inevitably present themselves.”

After Mellott’s address, members of the board will answer students’ questions. Included in the discussion will be Board Chair David Crowell (ARCH ’79), of Cotter Consulting in Chicago and a member of project management teams behind some of the world’s most notable high-rise projects, including The Shard in London and the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia, which will be the tallest tower in the world when it is completed.

Once the question-and-answer portion of the evening concludes, students will have an opportunity to meet with board members directly during a reception starting at 7 p.m. to glean further insight and wisdom on how they began their careers.