Where to Find the Best Interior Design Internships in the United States

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With its established footing at the forefront of the global interior design industry, the United States has long been an alluring destination for students wanting to gain design experience. Whether you’re placed at a small interior design start-up or in a much larger corporation, internships are a great way to build up your C.V. – and seeking one in the US comes with the exciting prospect of living and working in one of the most vibrant countries in the world.

When you’re an international student trying to land a gig from across the seas, though, the application process can be a little daunting. Beyond navigating the murky waters of visa requirements and sorting the best flight deals, the matter of actually securing an internship may cause you a bit of woe. With a simple Google search returning an overwhelming list of websites and options, it’s tempting to give up the quest altogether; but don’t quit your web browser in despair quite yet! Armed with our tips for finding interior design internships in the States, you’ll be well on your way to the design career you’ve been dreaming of.

Following businesses and companies directly

More often than not, the best way to keep up with opportunities that arise within interior design companies is by following their websites or even their social media accounts.

These days, the latter will often be updated more frequently, so choosing the “follow” option on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram will stand you in good stead to get an early application in if and when internships are advertised. A lot of useful information regarding the design industry will be promoted via social media, too, so you’ll benefit no matter what. Finally, don’t limit your search to just interior design companies, consider other business types that have interior designers in their employ, for example, architecture firms and hospitality furniture makers.


Seeing or hearing the word “networking” can have a heart-sinking effect on some, as not everyone – in fact, barely anyone – has a strong personal connection to an interior design mogul from the US. But don’t fret: you don’t have to boast such a direct relationship to the States in order to network your way there. Have a boss in your casual retail job whose uncle works in interior design in NYC? Talk your way into getting their contact details. Know a family friend whose American relative works in recruitment? See if they can put you in touch with a couple of interior designers from the area you’re interested in. Few people love the prospect of having to reach out, but networking really is one of the most efficient ways to score an internship in the USA.

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Job websites

Speciality job and internship search engines offer a logical port of call when you’re trying to find an internship while working towards or completing your interior design degree. Specialist search engines offer the most comprehensive lists of internships available at that current moment across the US. We’ve compiled a list of the best websites to try your luck with below.

  1. LinkedIn

Well set-out and respected by employers, LinkedIn hosts a bevvy of great opportunities in any field, including interior design. Taking some time to put together a comprehensive profile with your relevant qualifications and work experience is a worthwhile task, allowing you to apply for multiple applications with ease. From there, all you need to do is search for interior design internships in the USA and hit “apply” for the ones that fit your bill.

  1. Your learning institution’s careers site

If you’re lucky enough to have access to a job site put together by your university, then take advantage! Because your school offers an interior design program, it’s highly likely that jobs and internships in the field will appear on its careers site, too. Also, because tertiary institutions are keen to see their graduates employed in reputable companies and careers the world over, they’ll be sure to list openings that arise in the US branch of the industry also.

  1. Speciality internship search sites

Globalexperiences.com, theinterngroup.com, internships.com and idealist.org are just a few of the websites that can be scoured for their interior design internships. If you’re light on time, clicking straight through to one of these links isn’t a bad idea; regularly updated and valued by US employers, these sites will get you on your way to a professional interior design portfolio.

Alex Cordier is based in Auckland, New Zealand and has worked in a variety of sales roles within the tourism and hospitality sectors in the country. Writing and traveling are her passion, and these have led her to several parts across Asia and North America. She enjoys writing about anything under the sun and has been published in various websites on topics ranging from travel, home living, to health and lifestyle. She is such a foodie, culture addict and a huge nature-lover; she’d go back to Singapore, Japan and Canada in a heartbeat. Her dream is travel around the world, eat at the best restaurants, stay at the best hotels, and soak in each country’s mystery and magnificence. And conquer her fear of heights.

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