Intern Development Program (IDP)
IDP is a comprehensive program that aims to help you, "learn about the daily realities of architectural practice, acquire comprehensive experience in basic practice areas, explore specialized areas of practice, develope professional judgement, and refine your career goals."
The purpose of the program is to ensure that you will receive essential training and acquire the necessary skills to fulfill the state requirements for the competent practice of architecture. IDP establishes training level requirements, offers a mentorship program, and provides a record keeping system to document your activities and progress. Currently 49 of the state registration boards require interns to participate in the IDP program.
You can enter into the IDP program as soon as you have earned a high school diploma and established your NCARB Record. More information on the Intern Development Program, training requirements, resources, etc. here.
There is a free, online professional development resource called The Emerging Professional's Companion. EPC can help you earn credit through the successful completion of practice-based activities that align with IDP experience categories and areas. The activities are designated as "Supplemental Experience for Core Hours" or "Supplemental Experience for Elective Hours" and present you with scenarios for which you are instructed to, "research, analyze, report, draft and document findings." You may also be required to reference additional resources in order to complete the activity.
For more information, download the EPC here.