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About the Program


The Summer Youth CoLab is a six-week paid summer internship introducing high-school students to design concepts and career opportunities. Through activities and field visits, interns will learn about architecture, landscape architecture, city planning + urban design, graphic design, and interior design. 


With this knowledge, interns will have the opportunity to  develop a design for a space in Columbus and work individually and in teams to come up with a final proposal that will take ideas from paper to the real world. Interns will also be able to develop soft skills like teamwork, communication, and problem solving, and also have time to develop a portfolio and resume for mock interviews.

A few things to know...


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 Columbus corporation limits.

Selected applicants will be invited to participate in a 30-minute virtual interview.

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

Have a question?

Call | 614-221-5001

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