Left to right: NCARB president Dale McKinney, CEO Mike Armstrong, and first vice president and president-elect Dennis Ward at the press event held on Thursday at the AIA Convention.
NCARB president Dale McKinney, CEO Mike Armstrong, and president Dennis Ward announce plans to discontinue the term “intern” at a press event held at the AIA Convention. Photo: 

At the 2015 AIA Convention this past May, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) announced plans to sunset the use of the term “intern” when referring to a professional who is working to become an architect. Today, NCARB stated that in an effort to discontinue the terminology, the Intern Development Program, a requirement for aspiring architects to achieve licensure, will be renamed the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), beginning June 29, 2016. The launch of the new name coincides with program’s realignment of experience areas.

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