PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Intern Development Program

FGM encourages all eligible staff members to obtain their professional licenses at the earliest opportunity, and we help you through the process.

We follow the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB) Architectural Experience Program (AXP) guidelines, a profession-wide comprehensive program. Our AXP process is led by a recently-registered architect who is intimately familiar with the requirements of the program. This architect helps our interns navigate AXP requirements and works with senior staff to make sure that every intern gets the broad range of experience that is necessary to fulfill all of the requirements within the recommended time frame. An advocate at all times, the AXP program leader organizes monthly meetings for interns, ensures that interns are documenting their hours and organizes training sessions for exams. Additionally, each AXP candidate is assigned an FGM mentor.

To further assist our intern architects, FGM provides reimbursement for all NCARB study and test costs. After one full year of employment, FGM grants a leave of absence, with pay, to enable eligible staff members to take the professional licensing examinations.

FGM pays all application and renewal fees architectural licenses and pays for memberships in the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
 

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FGM University

FGM considers our staff to be our strongest asset. Our goal is to be the firm of choice for the best young architects and the firm they join to become well-rounded professionals.

Toward that end, we have established FGM University. If this brings to mind long, dry lectures by gray-haired authority figures, think again.

FGM University is a participatory, research-based program that teams a senior person with an intern to explore an industry focused topic. The intern researches the project type internally by examining past FGM projects and externally by looking at what is happening in that particular industry. Together, the intern and the senior person present their findings to the FGM staff in a lunch session. The intern learns about FGM projects, about trends in the industry and, as an added benefit, gains presentation experience.

Recent topics have included science classroom design, library design, sustainable design and construction management.

The presentations are broadcast to all FGM offices via video-conferencing.

Mentoring

At FGM, intern architects are assigned a licensed FGM architect to serve as his/her mentor. The mentor can help the intern through the IDP process and familiarize them with FGM standards and procedures.
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