Career Investment Program

Architects reviewing models.The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation (SAAHP) Career Investment Program provides financing for undergraduate and graduate student assistantships on-campus and professional internships off-campus with firms, organizations and government. The SAAHP Career Investment Program links students, the university, firms, organizations, government and funders in a process that:

  • supports RWU educational goals balancing study, service and work experiences
  • establishes financial support for discipline-based assistantships and internships on and  off-campus
  • advances relationships between the university and external partners for mutual benefit

The program makes use of catalytic start-up financial investment utilizing federal, university and donor funds in support of student work with faculty and experiences with external corporate, non-profit and government partners, and artists. Students take up compelling research and professional experiences as they transition toward advanced study and career placements.

On-Campus Career Investment Opportunities include:

  • Undergraduate Work Study and other funded assignments with faculty and staff  
  • Graduate Assistantship and other funded assignments with faculty, as well as with Roger Williams initiatives including the Community Partnerships Center and the Center for Macro Projects and Diplomacy

Off-Campus Career Investment Opportunities include:

  • Undergraduate Work Study and other funded assignments with leading firms in the region, and at sites in-between semesters where students live or may seek placements
  • Graduate placements and other funded assignments with leading firms and organizations in the region, the US and abroad

2015/16 Funding and Compensation Levels

The Career Investment Program is funded at the Undergraduate and Graduate levels through Federal Work Study and university funds. Donor support of a Career Investment Fund enriches undergraduate and graduate student opportunities. Compensation Levels are as follows:

  • Undergraduate students receiving Work Study Awards are paid at $10 per hour for up to 200 hours and $2000 per year. 4 years of eligibility
  • Undergraduate 3rd or 4th year Career Investment Interns are paid at $10 per hour for up to 200 hours / $2000 per year. Students who do not receive Work Study Awards are eligible one time while pursuing an undergraduate degree, beginning with 2014/15 entering class.
  • Graduate students are paid at $15 per hour for up to 200 hours and $3000 per year. Funding is pro-rated when students may be enrolled part time.

Flexible Scheduling

Career Investment Program opportunities are available to students for Off-Campus placements and On-Campus placements from 1 July-30 June, on a fiscal year cycle. This calendar allows utilization of funds for student placements prior to and in-between the Fall and Spring semesters, which dramatically increases off-campus engagement possibilities. The calendar also makes placements possible either closer to home or at other sites nationally or internationally between semesters.

Career Investment Program Partners


  • Gensler, Shanghai
  • Safdie Architects, Shanghai
  • 3SIX0, Providence
  • ADD Inc. / Stantec, Boston
  • ACTWO Architects, Wayland, MA
  • AJA Architects + Design Build, MA
  • Allied Works, Portland, OR
  • Amenta Emma Architects, Hartford
  • Architecture Outfit, New York
  • Bradford Associates, Providence
  • BRB Architects, New York
  • Brewster Thornton Group, Providence
  • Brian Healy Architects, Boston
  • Centerbrook Architects and Planning, CT
  • designLAB, Boston
  • DiBattisto Architects, CT
  • Edward Rowse Architects, Providence
  • Ellenzweig, Cambridge
  • Elkus Manfredi, Boston
  • Evelyn Audet Lighting Design, RI
  • Frank Karpowicz Architect, RI
  • Gary Moyer Architect, MA
  • Goody Clancy, Boston
  • GMI Architects, Bristol
  • Gray Organschi Architecture, New Haven
  • HOK, New York
  • Kling Stubbins, Boston
  • Kohn Pedersen Fox, New York
  • Lacuna Design, Providence
  • LLB Architects, Pawtucket
  • MASS Design, Boston
  • Meander Studio, MA
  • Nalls Architects, PA
  • Newman Architects, New Haven
  • Northeast Collaborative Architects, RI, CT
  • Oysterworks LLC, RI
  • Ralph Fey Architect, PA
  • Ruhl Walker, Boston
  • Sasaki, Boston
  • Sixteen On Center, Tiverton
  • Truthbox Architects, Providence
  • Thurlow Small Architecture, Pawtucket
  • Union Studio, Providence
  • Ventrone Architecture LLC, RI
  • Vision3 Architects, Providence
  • Wodiczko + Bonder, Cambridge
  • Zubatkin Owner Representation LLC, New York

Non-Profit and Government Partners:

  • American Institute of Architects, Rhode Island
  • Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, NY
  • Blithewold Mansion and Gardens, Bristol
  • Coggeshall Farm Museum, Bristol
  • Historic New England, Boston
  • Linden Place, Bristol
  • Preserve Rhode Island, Providence
  • Nat’l Museum of American Illustration, Newport
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Neighbor Works Blackstone Valley, Woonsocket
  • Newport Art Museum, Newport
  • Newport Restoration Foundation
  • Preservation Society of Newport County
  • Providence Preservation Society
  • RISD Museum of Art
  • State of RI Dept. of Facilities Management
  • Trinity Church, Newport*

The preceding firms, organizations and government entities have hosted Career Investment Program paid interns to date.

Roger Williams University Partners:

  • Architecture Library
  • Center for Macro Projects and Diplomacy
  • Community Partnerships Center
  • School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation Faculty