Intern Architect - IA & AZ

Job Location


Published By

SHYFT Iowa & SHYFT Arizona

Type of Job


Published Date

August 30, 2021, 5:00:00 AM

About the job

SHYFT Collective is searching for an Intern Architect with 1-3 years of experience to join our internal design-led design-build Strategic Projects team in both our Des Moines, IA and Phoenix, AZ offices. SHYFT Strategic Projects is a focused team of passionate designers exploring methods of architectural construction delivery through design-led design-build on small, creative, high-end projects. Strategic Project members provide a holistic approach for our clients from concept to occupancy. It’s about ultimate accountability and responsibility. We embrace challenges. We learn fast and we grow quickly. We strive for Why Not.

The following are descriptions of some required tasks of the position.


  • Understand client needs, what makes a successful project, and innovate how to achieve

  • Understand project scope, impact by governing jurisdictional processes, and building codes

  • Understand design fee, project budget, and ability to deliver within parameters

  • Collaborate with internal team members and external trade partners for budgeting and/or constructability review

  • Ability to take direction with assertiveness, to own the assignment, be nimble and innovative

  • Ability to work on several projects at different phases and problem solve on your own

  • Ability to provide quick conceptual design studies and planning diagrams for team review

  • Ability to study 3D form and elevational characteristics for team review

  • Ability to create design output that is cohesive, informative, artful, and enforces our brand

  • Ability to present design to clients or ownership groups and defend design intent

  • Ability to provide technical and specification documentation tailored to the audience

  • Ability to lead small projects, collaborate on-site, and drive a project’s success from start to completion


We encourage qualified candidates to submit by email a resume, cover letter, and work samples to:

Applicants should submit work samples in advance of any potential interviews.  Work samples should ideally be one PDF attachment and a maximum of 20 pages at 6 MB.



  • Bachelor of Architecture

  • Software skill requirements:

  • REVIT and AutoCAD (ability to make minor edits for REVIT)

  • Adobe Creative Suite

  • SketchUp (in a pinch if we must, for Zane)

  • Project planning experience, along with the ability to understand and work within project scopes, budgets, and schedules

  • Insert an appropriate movie quote at any point during a meeting

  •  Good verbal and written communication skills with the ability to prioritize responsibilities

As a creative culture, individuals are encouraged to work within our flexible work hours and work environments. You should be prepared to go to the State Fair for an all-team meeting, bring your grandma’s favorite Jell-O salad to an office potluck, and share your best playlists for all of us to enjoy and critique [although Gangster Rap Thursday is already taken].


For this position, we offer a flexible work culture, annual salary, multiple bonus opportunities, and a competitive benefits package. A few benefit highlights include:

  • Paid holidays (Total of Nine days - New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving/Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Christmas)

  • Paid personal time - Three weeks/year with the ability to gain additional PTO

  • Annual membership dues for AIA and other professional registrations, as applicable

  • Flexible technology, including hardware and software programs required to do your best work

  • Company-provided parking

  • Ultimate Flexible work schedule with work/life blend

  • Competitive healthcare or a stipend option ($140/month for those who do not use SHYFT provided plans)

About us

At SHYFT Collective, our mission is to provide integrated real estate, design, and construction services that help people and organizations navigate real estate change with confidence.


Des Moines, IA and Phoenix, AZ