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Program fees & start dates
Below are examples of our international Interior Design Internships. It is not guaranteed that you could get placed in one of the internship examples, but there are plenty of opportunities within the field. New opportunities are created every year. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know!
Hands-on Residential and Commercial Interior Design Internship
As a full-service interior design studio, this company provides distinct and personal design services, as well as resources to both residential and commercial clients. The internship includes hands-on mentorship and communicating with clients and suppliers while also performing general interior design practice duties. The interior design intern will assist in designing interiors, completing site visits and surveys, scheduling deliveries, and sourcing fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, etc.
Interior Design Internship at Highly Acclaimed Firm
Intern with a prestigious interior design firm that oversees their entire process with an award winning construction team of fitters, joiners, tillers, and decorators. Each employee is unique and integral to the team, and keeps the firm in its highly respected position in metro London. Interior design internship duties include research, plan to scale modeling, 3-D rendering, assisting with client presentations,updating of manuals and, general office issues.
Interior Design Internship with a Small Cutting Edge Firm
This small Interior Design Firm is looking for an intern studying architectural design or interior design. This position entails intense challenges and the opportunity to play a role in creative and diverse projects that one may have to wait years for in larger interior design firms. Intern responsibilities will both involve architectural and interior design. Interior design interns will assist with and run unique hospitality and commercial projects, working closely with the principal as well as the incredibly talented design teams.
Housing and Language
Where you’ll live
Depending on your interior design internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, college dorm, or student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of city public transportation.
During your stay, you’ll be within the same network as the students and/or interns you’re living with. It is often through these individuals that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and venture out on your own to your internship posts.
Your language learning
Most locations are very English-friendly, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.
* If your internship takes place in Paris, you’ll have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location, and you should expect to be evaluated beforehand via Skype interview.)
Preparing for your future in interior design
Selecting an internship
Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your interior design internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement. Working with your advisor, you’ll take the Clifton Strengths Finder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.
Before your internship
Once you and your advisor have selected your internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you get ready for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and will provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.
During your internship
When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find this feedback-loop to not only be essential for success, but often lacking in environments where you’re on your own. Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debriefing and re-entry career and culture training. When you return home, you’ll join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained to advance their lives and careers!