PIVOT’s proximity to the University of Oregon is one of the many benefits of being in Eugene. We value our engagement with the university and seek new ways of fostering the relationship we have with the school which, for many of us, is our alma mater. In 2017, PIVOT has initiated a program that will provide one UO architecture or interior architecture student with the opportunity to work with us for the summer in the PIVOT Fellowship. Unlike the typical summer internships, the PIVOT Fellowship intends to engage the student at a much greater level. The PIVOT fellow will, as part of the application process, submit a proposal for a project of their own invention. The nature of the project is open ended – we are encouraging applicants to think broadly about what they might want to do. The project could be related to design, technical matters, planning issues, or some other facet of our profession. With our guidance, the fellow will work with the office for the summer, developing their project while also engaged with more typical office activity with the entire staff. The fellowship is an opportunity to broaden the horizons of the fellow and firm alike.
The successful candidate will be introduced in April and share his or her project as it develops. The PIVOT fellow will host a presentation of the project next fall. We are excited about the kinds of explorations this process will foster, and about our ability to assist and encourage high achieving students at the University of Oregon.