We offer a six-month paid interior design internship to interior design students and interior design school graduates from around the world.
The goal of Olson Kundig’s Interior Design Internship Program is to provide experience and exposure to the many facets of the interior design practice. Interns may assist project teams and gain experience at different phases of projects by utilizing their skills in Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, or hand sketching to produce working and presentation drawings. In addition, they may assist with research and selection of furniture and finishes.
Interiors interns may have the opportunity to attend construction site visits, in-office speaker series, weekly design critiques, and Interiors Studio meetings. Interns may meet vendors, organize and attend vendor presentations, and maintain the sample library.
Interns from countries outside of the U.S. are responsible for obtaining the necessary paperwork enabling them to work in the U.S., although the firm will provide a letter stating its offer of employment.
Primary Job Responsibilities:
Support Interior Designers and Architects with all aspects of project work including conceptual, design development and construction documentation. This is an opportunity to work in a fast-paced professional setting. It provides interns with invaluable experiences applying the knowledge and skills learned through education in a business environment while working alongside and in support of a group of world-class professionals.
Duties May Include (some or all the following):
Sample Library: Organize and update information and price lists including filing and returning samples, maintaining electronic library, database, and physical samples
Create floor plans, furniture plans by Revit (and AutoCAD).
Capable of hand sketching/coloring 3-dimensional images of interiors and furniture.
Conduct research for materials, furniture, and photographic images, through hardcopy and on-line website searches.
Download and edit images and files from websites, catalogs, and websites for use in Revit, Photoshop, or InDesign presentations.
Administrative duties: Updating and filing paperwork, organizing client files, preparing transmittals, packaging and mailing samples/correspondence.
Vendor communication: telephone and face to face meetings with sales representatives or showrooms, researching pricing, spec sheets, stock checks, etc.
Assist with errands: Pick-up/deliver between various locations and Olson Kundig’s office (e.g. picking up samples, mock-ups, etc.).
Olson Kundig is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
How to Apply
If you would like to apply for a position in our Interior Design Internship Program, please note that:
Internship Program candidates must complete an online application (located here), attaching an electronic cover letter, resume, and a portfolio illustrating samples of your best work. Portfolios should be no larger than 8MB in size and uploaded as a compressed PDF that can be easily printed at 8 ½” x 11” or 11” x 17” format without compromising your presentation.
If you would like to provide additional samples of your work, please include a link in your portfolio or cover letter.
If an interview is scheduled, we will request a hard copy portfolio to be mailed to the address below.
If requested, mail a hard copy of your portfolio to:
Olson Kundig Human Resources Attn: Interior Design Internship Program 159 South Jackson St., Suite 600 Seattle, WA 98104 USA
Please, no phone calls pertaining to this position.
Bachelor's degree in Interior Design or currently enrolled college student working toward obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, preferably from a CIDA accredited program
Must have an interest in a career in interior design
Strong user of Revit, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), and Windows-based software solutions.
Strong conceptual, communication and organizational skills
General knowledge of current furniture, material and building finish products
Knowledge in LEED requirements a plus
Valid driver’s license
Capable of lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds
Capable of climbing, standing and working on a 6’-0” ladder
For the past 50 years, Olson Kundig has created a body of architecture that is recognized for its ability to merge notions of materiality, craft and art. The partners—Jim Olson, Tom Kundig, Kirsten R. Murray, Alan Maskin and Kevin Kudo-King—lead the firm’s work. Though best known for residences, the firm’s work also includes museums, commercial design, academic buildings, exhibit design, interior ...design, and places of worship. Current projects are located in North America, Asia and Europe.
The firm has received numerous accolades including the 2009 National AIA Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects).
The office combines the capacity of a large firm with the intensity of a small one (a total of 140 employees), maintaining a commitment to vigorous, critical design review sessions which infuses its designers with a shared sense of commitment to every project.