SMACNA Sheet Metal Internships

Educational Opportunities

Find your future: Internship Opportunities

Interested in testing out different career paths and employers within the sheet metal industry? An internship is a great way to make professional connections, gain skills and experience, and carve out your own career path.

Get started by connecting with your local chapter of the Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA), which can give you the contacts and resources you need to find an internship with a local SMACNA member company. You can also learn more about SMACNA student chapters here and see why so many are excited to say 'I BUILT THATSM.' 

Architecture Internship Program

Calling all architectural students! SMACNA has launched an architectural internship program in collaboration with the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).

The program provides architecture students with real-world experiences beyond their traditional education. AIAS will match its students to available internships with SMACNA architectural sheet metal contractors across the country, exposing interns to a variety of roles within the sector, offering hands-on training from a licensed professional and enhancing the relationship between designers, fabricators and construction workers.

Paid internships provide architecture students with education credit hours in accordance with the Architectural Experience Program (AXP™) of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.


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Burcin Nalinci, a former architectural intern, is now working as a senior architectural designer.

To meet eligible credit requirements as part of the internship, students can expect to:

  • Participate in pre-construction, pre-installation and regular progress meetings with design teams;
  • Understand implications of project delivery technologies and methods;
  • Manage information exchange during construction;
  • Maintain compliance with established milestones;
  • Prepare diagrams illustrating spatial relationships and functional adjacencies;
  • Perform building code analysis;
  • Prepare cost of work estimates;
  • Review shop drawings and submittals during construction for conformance with design intent; and
  • Manage project close-out procedures.

Applications are now open through AIAS for students interested in participation.