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2020 Architectural Student Intern 

About the Organization What is it you want out of your career?

If you're looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged, to work hard and to be part of a growing team, then Progressive AE may be the place for you. We work hard to surround ourselves with professionals who are more than just good at their job. We want engineers, architects, designers and support staff who have a desire to help shape our company. We need colleagues who will help us grow by thinking outside their job description. The work we do here is challenging, and sometimes the hours are long. But we're committed to serving our clients and providing the best solutions possible.

Progressive AE is a full-service, forward-thinking design firm. With offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, we work on projects around the country that offer a variety and challenge you won't find at many other firms. And we don't relegate creativity just to 'creatives'-we encourage original thinking in every part of the organization-from support staff to engineering.

Since we're an employee-owned company, you'll be able to see the benefits of your hard work. And in return, we'll invest in you. This includes an in-depth wellness program with fitness classes and health coaching, flexible schedules, continuing education, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and internal leadership positions. In fact, we've been named one of the Best & Brightest Places to Work for since 2006, named Business Leader of the Year, received the Community and Educational Partnership Awards, and are the proud winners of the Governor's Fitness Award.

We are always looking for talented individuals to advance the strategic goals of our firm. If you are a big picture thinker with unique technical skills, we'd like to consider your application.

Category Student Opportunities  
Location Grand Rapids, MI  


Grow With Us: Progressive AE’s Summer Internship Program is a paid, 12-week opportunity that provides a 100% real-world experience for students early in their career. Throughout the summer you will apply academic learning to real-world situations and cultivate project management, problem-solving, and communication skills. And with service-learning opportunities, community outings, wellness participation, and professional development lunch-and-learns, you’ll build a foundation for working in the Architectural Engineering field in the future. In fact, many of our summer interns continue working with us part time during the school year as they continue their schooling.

As an Architectural Student Intern, you will work collaboratively with project managers and other design and project architects to assist in all aspects of the building design process, including preparation of presentation materials, schematic designs, design development, and contract documents using Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign. You will also participate in model building, rendering, and construction administration activities.


Project Management

  • Contribute to the project team to ensure they achieve project schedules and budgets.
  • Manage multiple projects in a timely and accurate manner, monitoring overall project progress according to the project scope and available resources.
  • Participate in estimating the time required to complete a project.
  • Alert the Lead Design Architect and Lead Project Architect if you become aware of changes that could affect the project scope, schedule, or your work completion.
  • Provide drafting services and final architectural documents, elevations, sections, and details consistent with Progressive’s standards.


  • Assist in the preparation of building models, detailed contract documents, construction documents, and specifications consistent with Progressive AE’s standards.
  • Provide design analysis consistent with Progressive AE’s standards
  • Check for Code Compliance information as it relates to the discipline and any affect it may have on other disciplines.


  • Collaborate with various disciplines throughout Progressive AE. Regularly communicate with Project Manager(s), Project Designer(s) and/or Project Architects(s) to understand any changes to project design, scope, schedule and budget.
  • Understand what the deliverable needs to be to meet your client’s project needs and what it takes to make projects successful.
  • Use design software/technology, including Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, InDesign, and other emerging technologies for presentation and production purposes.
Position Requirements


  1. Enrollment in an accredited Architecture program.
  2. Attention to detail with an emphasis on quality work products and client service.
  3. Strong math, analytical, design, and problem-solving skills.
  4. Ability to work and communicate successfully in a fast paced, team environment.
  5. Excellent technical, written and oral communication skills.
  6. Basic understanding of architectural principles and theory associated with project design and construction document production.
  7. Knowledge of construction materials, methods, sustainability, universal design, and other trends in the design and construction industry.
  8. Proficient with Revit or AutoCAD, MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS Project and Outlook), and design software including Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and/or InDesign.
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
EOE Statement Progressive AE is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment practices. Progressive AE strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, qualified veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants with a disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may email for assistance. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

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