In partnership with the AIA Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT), NOMA is proud to announce the fifth cohort of the NOMA NFF. Cohort 5 will be a 8-week internship that will provide currently enrolled students and recent graduates access to internships with top architecture firms across the country. Applicants must be registered student members and demonstrate active engagement with their on-campus NOMAS chapter. Students from the 7 NAAB-accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities are highly encouraged to apply.
- Dates: June 5 – July 28, 2023 (8 weeks)
- Compensation: Host firms will compensate and hire their fellow directly, following onboarding procedures according to their firm policies including but not limited to overtime, paid time off, holidays, employee benefits, etc. NOMA will not provide additional compensation for labor for the 2023 program. (Note that this is a different format than previous cohort programs).
To be eligible for the NOMA NFF Fellowships, applicants must meet the following requirements:
Applicants must be (a) currently enrolled in their final 2 years of a 4-year undergraduate program, (b) currently enrolled in their final 3 years of 5-year undergraduate program, (c) currently enrolled as a graduate student in an M.Arch program, or (d) a Fall 2022 graduate of an undergraduate program. Students graduating at the end of the Spring 2023 semester are highly encouraged to apply.
Applicants must also be active student members of NOMA in good financial standing with the national organization as of April 1, 2023 and demonstrate active membership with a chartered NOMAS chapter. Non-members will not be considered.
Students from both NAAB-accredited and non-accredited architecture programs may apply.
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents eligible to work in the United States. International students should refer to the requirements for Student & Exchange Visitors by the State Department to confirm their eligibility: (https://www.uscis.gov/working-in-the-united-states/students-and-exchange-visitors/optional-practical-training-opt-for-f-1-students).
The 2023 NOMA NFF will prioritize in-person and/or hybrid fellowships only. Virtual fellowships will only be made available at the discretion of the firm but cannot be guaranteed at the time of application.
Application and Selection Process:
- Applications will be accepted from January 30 – March 10. All applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. The NFF Selection Jury will review each application for quality and select the finalists to move on to the Interview Round.
- Applicant resume, portfolio, and location preferences will be distributed to host firms. During this period, it is strongly encouraged that firms conduct virtual interviews to assist with the selection process and should reach out to applicants directly to schedule interviews.
- New for 2023: Firms will extend full-time internships to their top candidate, hiring their fellow directly rather than through NOMA as a tax-exempt vendor. NOMA will not match fellows on behalf of host firms as in previous years. When the internship offer has been accepted by their candidate, the firm will submit to NOMA the NFF Offer Acceptance Letter signed by the candidate and a representative of the host firm. Offers must be extended no later than April 28. Finalists must accept their offer no later than May 5.
Fellows who complete the requirements for licensure (education, experience, examination) within 5 years of completing the fellowship will be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 stipend. Fellows must contact To encourage fellows to pursue licensure and to support the goal of doubling the number of African-American architects by 2030, fellows who complete the requirements for licensure (education, experience, examination) within 5 years of completing the fellowship will be eligible to receive an additional $1,000 stipend. Fellows must contact NOMA directly to claim their stipend.
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