2014 Student Portfolios

Blog Post Lead Photo

Have a look at the wonderful portfolios of our 2014 students. They are fabulous and I couldn’t be more proud. Their instructor, Valerie Jardon, did an awesome job guiding  them. Our Portfolio Show was a HUGE success.

The link below will open a slide show. If you want to page through quicker, just use the enter key to advance the slides. Enjoy….


Fermilab Summer Internship


Fermilab, in Batavia, is taking on-line applications for an Interior Design / CAD Drafter summer intern.

Tasks will include:

  • assisting in-house interior design staff to communicate with vendor and furniture installers to develop floor plans and design office layouts for furniture installations
  • assist in scheduling furnishing installation projects, coordinating furniture installations and small interior remodeling projects
  • assist in adjustments to employee workstations and update as-built drawings

To apply online please go to: ID CAD Drafter Position   <– click for link

Don’t delay! The application close date is Wednesday, May 14th.


Designing for Veterans – Raising the Roof Event

Raising the Roof

Carol Cisco, our Sustainable Design instructor, has invited design students to attend Raising the Roof, a fundraiser for Designing for Veterans. Designing for Veterans is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides professional interior design, architectural, engineering, and landscape design services including furnishings and construction to severely disabled veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. WaterhouseFishEye

The event will be held Thursday, May 8th from 6-8 pm at WATERHOUSE (3407 N. Paulina St., Chicago) It promises to be a great evening with a super raffle: 2 Round Trip American Airlines Business Class tickets to anywhere in the US, Canada and Mexico with Hilton Hotel accommodations for two nights! The cost is $45/person in advance or $50/person at the door. Open bar and plenty of edibles. To purchase tickets, click here.


Student Job Position: ROE + Evolution Interiors


ROE + Evolution Interiors is offering a part-time position at their dealership located in Chicago, just off the Eisenhower expressway at Austin Blvd. They are looking for an Interior Design student who is able to work approximately 20 hours/week.

They need someone who is knowledgeable in AutoCAD, Photoshop, and PowerPoint. The person would be responsible for some library/filing duties, as well as assisting the design department with preparing furniture drawings, specifications, and presentations for their clients. The dealership would provide the necessary training on CAP software to create furniture specifications.

This is an excellent opportunity for a student looking to work in the office design field. (I have actually worked with them on a few projects and was very pleased with their operation).

If anyone is interested, please notify Pam McClelland at mcclellandp@cod.edu, and she can provide you the dealership’s contact information.

Potterty Barn “Design Studio Specialist” Internship

Pottery Barn


The Geneva Commons Pottery Barn is looking to hire a “Design Studio Specialist” on a part-time basis. This is a paid internship of fewer than 30 hours per week – probably 2 days per week plus time during the weekend.  Training will be provided for this position, including shadowing the designers. Responsibilities will include working on the sales floor, space planning for customers, accessorizing, and eventually in-home consultations with clients.

If you are interested in applying, you should go into the Pottery Barn Geneva Commons store and ask for Annette or Jenny (or the manager on duty if they are not there). Let them know that you are applying for the “Design Studio Specialist” position and heard of the position because you are, or were, an interior design student at COD. You will be asked to fill out an application in-store.

Yet Another Internship Opportunity: Frank Cooney Company

Frank Cooney company desks


Frank Cooney Company, one of the largest independent educational furniture dealers in the United States, is looking for a part-time Interior Design Assistant to: assist in space planning and design utilizing AutoCad and Giza 20/20 (will train on Giza), maintain fabric and sample library, develop multimedia presentations for clients and update design events on their web site.

The candidate must be available 15-20 hours per week and be a current student pursuing an associate or bachelor degree. The internship pays $9.00-$10.00.

Please email Gregory Cooney: gregory@frankcooney.com with a resume and any relevant samples or portfolio pieces that you have.

Contact: George Cooney

1226 N. Michael Drive

Wood Dale, IL 60191


Another Internship Opportunity: Midwest Kitchen & Bath

Midwest Kitchen and bath

Midwest Kitchen & Bath supplies materials and creates kitchen and bath designs for homeowners, builders and architects. They are looking for a designer/sales representative with knowledge about the kitchen and bath field.

For more information please visit Midwest Kitchen & Bath. You may also contact Justyna Piwowarczyk.

Contact: Justyna Piwowarczyk

Midwest Kitchen & Bath

5911 N. Northwest Hwy

Chicago, IL 60631

Phone: 773.594.9501

Fax: 773.594.9501

Internship Opportunity: Chicago Design Team

chicago design team living room

CDT logo with LTD

Chicago Design Team, the largest showroom in the northwest suburbs, at the Arlington Design Center, offers several internships each semester. Chicago Design Team is open 9-5 weekdays; interns may schedule their time around their classes and personal schedule. They are currently looking for an intern enrolled in an Interior Design program who is reliable, highly organized, and has good customer service skills.

Interns will primarily work in the sample library, but will also help on the showroom floor. Some computer work and assisting designers and showroom staff will be required as needed.

Interns will gain a thorough understanding of the workings of a showroom, interact with designers, and have the opportunity to view the things that they are choosing for their clients. Interns are encouraged to complete as many specifically designed projects from their internship program, such as recreating an entire room with showroom products, selecting and creating fabric displays, and trade related blogging, to name a few. Interns will also have the opportunity to attend any seminar at the showroom, and to sit in on sales rep visits, where applicable. Interns have access to samples for their own projects too.

Many interns have become paid members of their staff or have been hired by designers they met while interning at CDT.

For more information, call Chicago Design Team. Ask for Caitlin.

Contact: Caitlin@chcagodesignteam.com

3425-B N. Ridge Ave.

Arlington Heights, IL 60004

PH: 847-394-1800

FX: 847-394-1886


Interior Design Field Trip: IIDC – Capital Day

IIDC logo

The Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC) is hosting its annual Capital Day on Wednesday, April 30th. Please see the full-day itinerary below.

If you plan to attend, please respond ASAP here. Let us know whether you will be attending the full day and spending Tuesday night in Springfield, or arriving Wednesday to meet for lunch and attend the remainder of the day’s events. A block of rooms is being reserved at The State House Inn (101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL 62701). The cost of a shared room is $25 for student IIDA members and $50 for non-IIDA members (or $75/$100 for your own room). The Capitol Building, Stratton Building and Resource One are a 2 block walk from hotel. Room rates expire on April 6th.

If you are not staying at the hotel, there are parking lots within 1-2 blocks surrounding the

Capital Day Area Map


8:30-9:00AM Check-in at Resource One Showroom
321 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL
(Corner of E. Adams Street and S. 4th Street)
9:00-9:45AM Legislative Morning Briefing (Please be prompt)
Resource One Showroom
321 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL
Dan Bassano, IIDC Vice-President
Louie Giordano, IIDC Lobbyist (Business Attire)
9:45-10:00AM Finalize pairings of Design Professionals/Students for
Legislative Meetings
10:00-12:00PM Design Professional/Student Teams visit Representatives’ &
Senators’ offices at Stratton Building and Capitol Building
(Business Attire)

12:00-1:00PM Lunch Break on Own
1:00-3:00PM Design Professional/Student Teams complete Legislator
visits at Stratton Building and Capitol Building (Business Attire)
2:00-3:30PM Tour of Dana Thomas House (By Frank Lloyd Wright)
301 E. Lawrence Ave. (corner of 4th St. and E Lawrence Ave.)
(Only if Legislative Assignments are complete)
Cost: Suggested Donation of $10.00 per person
4:30-7:30PM Legislative Reception
The State House Inn, The Gallery Room
101 East Adams Street, Springfield, IL (Business Attire)