Internships

You're encouraged to explore your interests, define a career goal, and receive invaluable work experience through an internship offered either on- or off-campus. Most internships are posted on FutureLink, but there are other resources as well listed below. The Arts and Sciences Career Services Office can assist you with the many resources available through FutureLink, as well as help you to prepare for a strategic search for experiential learning opportunities such as internships, volunteer positions, or off-campus research positions.

Employers wishing to list an internship opportunity are encouraged to access these instructions for Sharing Career Opportunities with Arts and Sciences Career Services

Internships may be taken for course credit by Design major students after approval of the Design faculty, and will be counted as elective courses. Full-time internships for course credit may only be taken by Design major students during the Summer term after the second year of design course. Part-time internships for course credit may be taken any term starting during the third year of study.

Companies typically require students to submit cover letters with resumes, in addition to portfolios of design project work, during the interview process. The academic advisor assists the students with the hiring process and their class scheduling during their internship.

Internships must be paid, unless they clearly meet the standards for unpaid internships established by the U.S. Department of Labor. Potential employers may contact either the Department Chairperson or the Academic Counselor to promote an internship to design students.

Internship Resources


Past internship employers are too numerous to mention, but include for-profit and not-for-profit organizations locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Students should see their major area faculty coordinator or the Academic Advisor to determine which potential employers might be approached for internship opportunities.

Sample of Most Recent Internships

Company Location IND INT VCD
Abercrombie & Fitch New Albany OH   X X
ACUHO-I: Association of College and University Housing Officers - International Columbus OH     X
Adidas Design Studio Portland OR X    
ai3 Atlanta GA X    
Anthropologie Columbus OH   X  
Beyond Design Chicago Il X    
Big Red Rooster Columbus OH X X X
Biro Manufacturing Marblehead OH X    
Calori & Vanden-Eynden Design Consultants New York NY     X
Camfil Farr USA Riverdale NJ     X
CDI: Color Design Innovations Columbus OH X    
Chute Gerdeman Columbus OH   X X
Clara I. Brown Interiors Columbus OH   X  
College of Arts and Sciences Communications Columbus, OSU OH     X
College of Engineering Communications Columbus, OSU OH     X
Continuum Innovation Boston MA X    
Davis Group Columbus OH   X  
Dell Experience Design Group Austin TX X   X
Department of Computer Science and Engineering Columbus, OSU OH     X
Design Central Columbus OH X   X
Design Collective Incorporated Columbus OH   X  
Design Edge Austin TX X    
Design86 Seoul, Korea     X
East Asian Studies Center Columbus, OSU OH     X
Engineering Education and Innovation Center Columbus, OSU OH X    
eRetailing Columbus OH     X
Eyethink Powell OH     X
Fahlgren Mortine Columbus OH     X
FITCH Columbus OH X X X
Formation Studio Columbus OH     X
Fortner Columbus OH   X  
Freeform Chicago Il X    
Grace Polaris Church Westerville OH     X
Hearts In Action Galena OH     X
HFP Racing Granville OH     X
IDEO Palo Alto CA X X X
Igloo Letterpress Worthington OH     X
Instant Signs Co Columbus OH     X
Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity Columbus, OSU OH     X
Lagomorph Design Chicago Il   X  
Landrum & Brown Cincinnati OH     X
Lextant Columbus OH X X X
Limited Brands Columbus OH   X  
Little Tikes Hudson OH X    
LIVV Interior Designs Powell OH   X  
LOTH, Inc. Columbus OH   X  
MACTOOLS Columbus OH X    
Mikey's Late Night Slice Columbus OH     X
NBC Universal Columbus OH     X
New Balance Lawrence MA X    
Objects for the Home Columbus OH   X  
Office of Real Estate and Planning for the Ohio Department of Administrative Services Columbus OH   X  
Office of Student Life, Facility Planning and Design Columbus, OSU OH   X  
Ohio State Athletics Columbus, OSU OH     X
OhioDance Columbus OH     X
Prime Social Group Columbus OH     X
Procter & Gamble Cincinnati OH X    
Promowest Productions Columbus OH     X
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Jackson TN X    
The Columbus Dispatch Columbus OH     X
Vitality Distributing, Inc. - Avitae Dublin OH     X
Walt Disney Imagineering Lake Buena Vista FL     X
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus, OSU OH     X
Wexner Medical Center - Facilities & Materiel Management Columbus, OSU OH   X  
Wexner Medical Center - Graphics & Marketing Columbus, OSU OH   X  
Williams Interior Designs Inc. Columbus OH   X  

IND=Industrial Design | INT=Interior Design | VCD=Visual Communication Design

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