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HBCU Fellowship

Bring bold ideas. Realize big dreams.  

The AECOM HBCU Summer Design Fellowship is an opportunity for students and recent graduates to gain much needed experience in the setting of an architectural practice.

This is a highly competitive leadership, professional development and skill building opportunity open to current students and recent graduates of HBCUs interested in pursuing a career in architecture, urban planning and interior design.  

The program is structured to allow Fellows to engage one of our community-based partner organizations in a focused effort to develop design solutions that might solve one of their pressing architectural problems.  

In addition to developing design skills, Fellows can volunteer with our partner organization and engage in their fulfilling community-based work. Through this engagement our Fellows will learn the importance of our role in the urban space both in and out of the office. 

Meet our 2023 HBCU Fellows

Meet our 2022 HBCU Fellows 

Work with us. Change the world.

“AECOM’s HBCU Fellowship Program was an incredible experience that allowed me to get hands-on experience in the field and connect with rising architects from other HBCUs. I had a lot of fun working with my team and living in the great city of Detroit!”

Kevin Owen-Robinson

“My summer internship in Detroit provided a dynamic learning environment where we engaged with the city’s diverse architectural challenges. This program not only fostered skill development but also encouraged a deep appreciation for the intersection of history, culture and design within Detroit’s urban context. It was an enriching experience that allowed me to contribute meaningfully to the architectural discourse while embracing the vibrancy of the Motor City.”

Michaela Habte-Ligon

“It was a tremendous experience working with the professionals at AECOM, utilizing the resources at AECOM and working on real projects within Detroit.”

Naylen Saunders

”My experience In the HBCU Fellowship was transformative, providing a unique blend of cultural immersion and community engagement opportunities in the city of Detroit. I was able to gain real-life experience within the architectural workplace, allowing me to apply theoretical knowledge to real-world design projects.”

Chidera Ndubueze

“During my time as an intern in the HBCU Fellows program, the experience was undeniably enriching and rewarding. I had the privilege of working with a team who not only welcomed me warmly but also provided invaluable guidance and mentorship. The exposure to a real-world project and the chance to apply the knowledge I gained in my academic studies was truly transformative. The collaborative and inclusive work environment at AECOM encouraged me to explore my potential, develop new skills and gain a deeper understanding of the industry. This internship not only allowed me to contribute meaningfully to projects but also deepened my passion for my chosen field. Overall, my time as an HBCU Fellow at AECOM was a steppingstone to a promising career and an experience I will always cherish.”

Apellonia Williams