Augmenting industry collaboration with architectural practices through design and development of productive internship schemes

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McGarrigle, Malachy
Puolitaival, Taija
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New Zealand
Unitec courses
university to work transition
architecture education
internship programmes
work placement
learning collaboration
vocational success
McGarrigle, M., & Puolitaival, T. (2020). Augmenting industry collaboration with architectural practices through design and development of productive internship schemes. In Wajiha Mohsin Shahzad, Eziaku Onyeizu Rasheed, James Olabode Bamidele Rotimi (Ed.), Proceedings – New Zealand Built Environment Research Symposium (pp. 259-261). Retrieved from
This project investigates how industrial engagements between Unitec and local architectural practices can be reinforced through work placement schemes providing Architectural Technology students with diverse learning opportunities in real world scenarios under professional supervision. Arrangements are discussed around scheme structures highlighting factors for consideration seeking to provide clarity and confidence for participants in their overall understanding of the scheme, its intentions and participant obligations. The aim is to establish guidelines regarding suitable arrangements for industry, Unitec and the students setting out clear organised structures whereby local practices feel more confident in their roles thus generating positive outcomes for all. This project promotes engaging local practices more within the learning experience of placement students whilst enhancing collaboration with college tutors. Methodology involves action research, literature review and reflective analysis discussions with teaching colleagues and scheme participants. The first placement scheme was completed with a local architectural firm in July 2019. Ideas formulated in discussions with the practice have been a success based on feedback from participants. However, reflection has identified where lessons can be learnt in aspects such as marketing of scheme to students and amendments to this and other areas will be looked at in future schemes. The enhanced collaboration opportunities provided by the internship schemes will effectively inform teaching within the Construction school and help tutors demonstrate current practice in their delivery. A successful scheme can also provide benefits to students, the company and the college in areas such as reputation as well as strengthening industrial links overall.
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