Consumers Energy Architectural Intern in Jackson, Michigan

Join a diverse and dynamic team that makes and delivers the most valuable services in the world: electricity and natural gas. At Consumers Energy, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Our employees work around the clock to provide service to our customers in honor of our history and to fulfill our promise to Michigan - Count on Us! Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy and headquartered in Jackson, Michigan, provides natural gas and electricity to nearly 6.8 million of the Michigan's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

Department Summary

The Architectural Intern would be included in the Facilities Engineering and Design department. This department develops and maintains facilities design standards. Conducts in-house design work and manages programs. Conducts building performance evaluation. Provides professional oversight during the design and construction of major renovations and new facilities.

Job Description/Responsibilities

Current college students of all levels will work as part of a larger team to provide hands-on support and design/development for various aspects of our business.

The duties for the Architectural Intern include:

• Provides support in facilities engineering program and projects.

• Prepares scale drawings, models and construction documents for small scaled building projects

• Assists in processing requests for information, drafting correspondence and shop drawing review

• Prepare special items such as color boards and design mock-ups

• Assist in construction administration of projects

• Handle various administrative duties and provide support to staff members as needed

In addition to these responsibilities, interns will have the opportunity to participate in a number of additional events within the program, This includes the intern networking events, company tours, and the Intern Challenge. This internship has the potential to begin as a summer opportunity, but extend into a year-round internship based on performance, availability, and workload demands.


Actively enrolled and pursuing bachelor's, or master's, degree in a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) certified Architecture or Architectural Engineering program. A minimum GPA of 2.7 or higher is required. The preferred candidate will have completed a minimum of two years coursework in their Architecture program.

The following skills and experiences may set you apart from others:

• Strong analytical, conceptual, communication (both verbal and written), and organizational skills

• Ability to work and thrive in a team environment

• Strong problem solving skills

• Ability to self-motivate and work productively both with and without supervision

• Excellent computer skills, with the ability to effectively use Microsoft Word, Excel, Project, PowerPoint and Outlook

• Working knowledge of AutoCAD and experience in SketchUp and Revit is preferred

Location: The reporting headquarters for this position is Jackson, MI; preference will be given to a candidate who can work on location in Jackson.

Essential Functions

Planning, design, construction, and maintenance of Electric and Gas Distribution and Electric Generation systems as well as facilities and ancillary support process for all utility operations. Duties and who this individual reports to will fluctuate between projects, Practice Areas, and offices. Individual possesses the skills to lead, problem solve, and work well in a team environment. Individual should exemplify safe work practices and follow the company’s compliance standards. Lead and/or assist with engineering projects to include design, plans, inspections, system planning, specifications, reports, maps, environmental impacts, permits, contracts, schedules, estimates, surveying, easements, data collection, construction observation, and field investigation. Provide engineering services with accuracy, integrating all applicable governmental and company laws, standards and procedures on time and under budget. Use computer assisted engineering, design, and drafting software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents. Understand and follow company established standard procedures for file structure and standard drawing procedures for projects. Become familiar with plans and specifications, maps, and related material for each project and be able to utilize the information appropriately. Assists in client contact and communication. Utilize effective oral and written communication skills to provide technical expertise to coworkers, clients, customers, government entities and the public. Public involvement may include producing reports, graphics, presentations, and other visual material as well as occasional speaking or meeting with stakeholders. Attend internal and external meetings. Provide all engineering services in a legal and ethical manner. Reviews operating and construction sites to monitor progress and other duties per the design documents.

Hours and Travel

This position requires the individual to typically work 40 hours per week with 85% of time spent in the office or specific field locations. Travel is required to job sites and project meetings and could be significant dependent upon location. Individuals need to be willing to work additional hours as necessary to meet deadlines or assist with storm restoration activities. Individual should be willing to participate in the on call rotation in case of potential storms. Individual may have to work outside of assigned headquarters to help with storm restoration which may require overnight stays Individuals must have a valid driver’s license.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfull perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Must be able to stand and walk for periods of up to and beyond eight hours in all kinds of weather; snow, mud, dirt water, ice, etc. The employee frequently is required to talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and move up to seventy-five pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The noise level on the construction site is often loud.

Position will be filled at the appropriate salary grade based upon the skills, knowledge, and experience of the selected candidate.

All qualified applicants will not be discriminated against and will receive consideration for employment without regard to protected veteran status, disability, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin.