SOM - Year One Program

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM)

Year One Program


SOM, one of the most influential design firms in the world, is seeking innovative, creative, independent, and critical thinkers who aspire to the highest standards of excellence. Join our collaborative design practice in our accelerator program for new graduates to build a strong and thriving career. Year One is a program for graduates seeking to jumpstart their careers in Architecture, Interior Architecture, Structural Engineering, Urban Design, and Sustainable Engineering. Our Year One program picks up where your formal education leaves off, with a suite of events and creative initiatives to help you get the most out of your first year at SOM. Alongside your day-to-day project responsibilities, we’ll encourage you to expand your learning and to propose bold ideas for the future of design.

Desired skills and expertise:

  • 0 – 1 years of experience

  • Strong collaborative ability

  • Passion for design excellence

  • Completion of accredited Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in [Architecture, Interior Architecture, Structural Engineering, Urban Design, Sustainable Engineering] or related field of study

Special Instructions for Year One Applicants:

Complete applications must include Resume or CV, Work Samples, and Statement of Intent. Work Samples shall be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. The Statement of Intent shall not exceed 250 words, and should communicate your passions and interests, as well as your skills and experience.

SOM is a global collective of talented and passionate people―help us understand what you would bring to the table. Applications that do not meet this criteria will not be reviewed. Submit Work Samples and Statement of Intent as part of your application in the section where the application asks for your Resume or CV.

SOM offers opportunities to work on transformational projects, competitive salaries, health insurance, wellness, retirement and financial and work/life plans.

At SOM, we welcome and encourage diversity in the workplace. We believe an inclusive environment benefits our employees, our firm, and our community, while also enriching and challenging our own thinking about design. We are proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Visit this page to learn more about SOM's employment policy and how to apply offline: www.som.com/employment_opportunities_and_policy

For more about SOM: www.som.com

Portfolios must be submitted for all design positions (Architecture, Interiors, Planning, etc). Applications without work samples will not be reviewed. Portfolios should be one PDF attachment, 10-20 pages, maximum 5 MB. Submit portfolios as part of your application in the section where the application asks you for your Resume or CV.


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Year One Program and to apply.

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