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About the Program


The Youth CoLab is a six-week paid summer internship exposing high-school students to design concepts, career opportunities, and application of ideas at a local small business. Students will learn about design principles and professions, including architecture, urban planning, graphic design, and landscape architecture, while participating in workshops, field trips, and guest lectures to expose them to different aspects of the design field. 


With this knowledge, students will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop, refine, and implement their design ideas at a small business in the University District. The program will also focus on developing soft skills like teamwork, communication, and problem-solving.

Program Schedule

Week 1 (June 26 - 30)

  • Introduction to Design + Project

Week 2 (July 3 - 7)*

  • Design Exploration

Week 3 (July 10 - 14)

  • Design Refinements + Final Design Selection

Week 4 (July 17 - 21)

  • Design Firm Visits + Material Procurement

Week 5 (July 24 - 28)

  • Implementation Prep

Week 6 (July 31 - August 4)

  • Final On-Site Implementation + Celebration

*Please note there will be no instruction on July 4 in observance of the holiday

Program Information

Application Deadline: June 2, 2023, by 5 PM

Dates: June 26 - August 4, 2023

Time: 9 AM - 2 PM (5 hr./day, 25 hr./week)

Location: The Neighborhood Design Center, 1445 Summit Street, Ste. 300, Columbus, OH 43201

Eligibility: High School students eligible for a minor work permit in the State of Ohio + enrolled in a Columbus City school by program start

Pay Rate: $15 / hour

Before you apply...


There is no fee to apply for this program. However, as this is a paid internship, applicants must comply with legal requirements for employment, including obtaining a Minor Work permit (State of Ohio). Students must be enrolled in a school within Franklin County.

The Neighborhood Design Center will require all program staff complete a background check.

Have a question?

Call | 614-221-5001

Email |

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Summer Youth CoLab 2023 Application




What design fields are you interesed in learning about (check all that apply)?

Thank you for your interest in the NDC's Summer Youth CoLab Program! Contact us via email ( or by phone (614-221-5001) with any questions.


Interested applicants are asked to send a letter of recommendation from a teacher or supervisor (not a family member) to:

Subject: Youth CoLab Letter

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