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DBIA offers several student engagement opportunities. As a student, you represent the future of design-build. Become a DBIA member and you’ll enjoy real-world teamwork, collaboration and integration, which are the cornerstones of design-build project delivery.

DBIA’s student membership is for individuals who study full-time (12 or more credit hours) at an accredited college or university.

Membership for students is $45 annually.

Benefits include:

  • Discounts on all DBIA educational programs, conferences and publications
  • Discounts on coursework toward earning and maintaining the Designated Design-Build Professional credentials
  • Membership in your local DBIA Region
  • Networking opportunities with DBIA members, from industry leaders to Owners
  • Discounts or free resources through the DBIA online Bookstore
  • Subscription to industry news and insights in our weekly Insight e-newsletter
  • Access to DBIA Membership Directory
  • Complimentary access to all chapters of the Design-Build Manual of Practice
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Student Chapters

Students are encouraged to join or establish a local student chapter at their school. Student Chapters help facilitate working closely with DBIA national and regions to gain a competitive advantage and foster interdisciplinary education within the university. Members of a Student Chapter are automatically members of DBIA National for free.

Engage in student volunteer programs at conferences, participate in an annual Career Expo and Mixer with on-the-spot interviews with leading firms, and gain exposure to industry leaders and projects that exemplify Design-Build Done Right®. 

Learn everything you need to know about DBIA Student Chapters with the Student Handbook and Student Constitution.

If you don’t have a Student Chapter at your school, consider starting one

View current DBIA Student Chapters

National Student Competition

Gain first-hand experience with the power of Design-Build Done Right®. Compete in a multi-phase process (RFQ, RFP and in-person presentation) and be evaluated by a diverse jury of design-build experts. This program challenges collaboration, innovation and teaming skills and is the only competition rooted in design-build best practices.

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Design-Build Curriculum for Students

DBIA works with universities and colleges to incorporate DBIA’s core curriculum into their academic programming, helping students receive design-build education and prepare them to be DBIA Design-Build Certified Professionals upon graduation. For more information on how to get into your university program, contact our education department at

DBIA Mentoring Program – Make Connections that Build Careers

The DBIA Mentoring Program cultivates time-honored, meaningful mentorship opportunities for members of DBIA – both Owners and industry practitioners. Through engagement with experienced DBIA certified professionals, the mentoring relationship will provide valuable support and guidance to mentees as they navigate their careers, explore new career paths, and consider unique design-build opportunities in various career fields, market sectors and/or regions.

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CareerSpot Job Board

Through DBIA’s CareerSpot, you can post your resume for free or search for job openings or internships. Other services offered through CareerSpot’s Career Center include resume writing assistance and critiques. 

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