In this week’s AIArchitect article, “Let Them Be Architects,” Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, of the National Associates Committee, explains that Intern Architects are creating quite a stir at their offices, state boards, and AIA chapters. They are loudly seeking a change in the title of “intern,” because it does not accurately describe what they do or who they are. Further, she says, it causes confusion to anyone outside the architecture profession.
The problem with "intern" is that it typically describes a student who is still in school and engaged in work experience, often for academic credit. Architects specifically use the term for graduates who are not yet licensed, and many professionals on the path to licensure find this unacceptable.
Should we call them “architects”? What do you think?