Job Opening at HDW Interiors!


HDW Interiors is looking for a recent graduate or alumni to fill a position within their company. HDW Interiors is located in Merrillville, Indiana and would be especially convenient for members of the COD ID family who live in the Southern Suburbs. They specialize in healthcare, hospitality, education and general office design.

This position is great for people who have completed the FF&E class as part of their studies, as they are looking for someone who has experience with furniture specification software like ProjectMatrix or CAP 2020. Other great skills to have include AutoCAD and Sketchup.

If you feel like this is the perfect job for you, please email your resume and portfolio to Jean Nejman, their business director, at

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Job Opportunities at OPTO International



OPTO International (Whom the Contract Studio class visited recently, read more about that trip here!) is looking to hire a Design Intern as well as a Design Assistant. OPTO is a fast-growing company and these would be excellent opportunities for anyone interested in retail or contract design.

For the Design Intern position, they are looking for someone who can:

  • Work effectively in a team environment and be a strong supporting member
    of team efforts
  • Exude positive attitude and enthusiasm for success and influence other with this
  • Demonstrate willingness to continually learn about the Retail Industry to better
    understand and grow OPTO in that market place
  • Prioritize and work independently with minimal supervision
  • Communicate quickly, clearly, and effectively
  • Multi-task and still maintain a sharp eye for detail
  • Demonstrate effective stress management & time management skills
  • Outstanding communication skills both verbal and written
  • Demonstrate strong organization skills
  • Effectively use AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and other applications

As the Intern, you would be responsible for:

  • Design Support
  • Prepare client drawings for client proposals
  • Prepare client drawings for client orders
  • Revise quotes
  • Enthusiastically communicate with design team
  • Collecting and mailing catalogs and finish samples to client
  • Support the replenishment of the materials library

The Design Assistant is a much more in-depth role and is perfect for someone who can do all of the above and is in possession of an Associates degree in art or design related fields. This is a perfect opportunity if you are set to graduate at the end of this semester!

The Design Assistant would be responsible for:

  • Concierge Services
  • Capture all prospect and lead data (Salescall inquiries and Web inquiries)
  • Proactively research and qualify incoming leads and assess opportunity potential
  • Establish a client profile for new opportunities with qualified information and
  • Educate prospects and leads on OPTO’s products and services
  • Traffic opportunities to Design team based on established criteria
  • Follow-up on prospects and leads with client specific material to help the
    design/sales process
  • Properly document communication between prospects and OPTO for ease
    of transition from concierge to Design team
  • Enthusiastically communicate with both prospects and colleagues
  • Understand the project requirements and properly communicate client
    interaction to Design team

If you are the person to fill either of these positions, please contact Shelly Mocchi for more information.

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Job Opportunity at Drapery Connection

Drapery Connection is looking for Students to help them schedule client appointments. They are looking for:

  • Someone who has “presence” and can quickly build not only rapport, but also confidence & trust with customers.
  • Your track record, talent & experience defines & matches what we need.
  • You have at least 4 years prior office or sales experience in a high volume, fast paced, customer focused environment.
  • You must be a self-starter, accept touch coaching, and be held accountable to agreed upon goals.
  • You excel making calls or interacting with clients over 50+ times a day, selling value and not price, and managing your time effectively.
  • You have an uncanny attention to detail that impresses your friends and family
  • You have “Presentation” skills from prior networking events, speaking engagements, or theatrical “on-stage” background, and welcome the chance to be “face to face” with clients.
  • Advanced skills in communication and technology (Microsoft tools and CRM) to enhance the customer experience.


The role entails:

  • Administrative prep for designers in putting together sales materials prior to client appointments.
  • Generating leads and scheduling clients in person and/or over the phone through marketing events, showroom consultations, call campaigns, social media, and other platforms to engage client interest.
  • 50% in the office (scheduling, design prep, marketing follow up), 50% in the field (events, showrooms, networking opportunities)
  • Ability to give clients the “concierge” treatment further developing long-term relationships and repeat/referral clients.

If you’re you think you’re the person for the job, email them at

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Internship at BOS

Business Office Solutions is looking to hire an intern! This is an excellent opportunity, especially if you are looking to enter the commercial and office design fields. They are looking for someone to:

  • utilize the library of samples of materials, including reorganizing samples, removing outdated materials, ordering new samples etc.
  • interact with company representatives to learn about new materials, quantities, characteristics and care; attending open houses etc.
  • put together presentation boards – both tangible and digital
  • shadow account managers on sales calls and presentations
  • sketching and rendering
  • use autoCAD
  • develop floor plans
  • 3D modeling

If this sounds like you, contact Carla Schroeder at BOS directly. If you want more information about the company or internship, you can contact Pam McClelland, who teaches multiple classes at COD and has worked at BOS in the past!

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Job Opportunity: Lifestyle Design in Geneva

Lifestyle Design

Internship/Part Time Position

We are a growing residential design firm located in Geneva looking for a talented individual to assist in many aspects of our business growth. If you are an enthusiastic self-starter who enjoys learning and working with people please consider the following.

Design Intern Role & Responsibilities:

  • Support designers in all aspects of design work
  • CAD work to support projects, space planning and creating technical documents
  • 3D renderings of spaces
  • Manage client projects, documents, and files
  • Social media development and management
  • Assist in designing marketing materials for the business
  • Maintain design library

This position will be paid hourly with 10-15 hours a week dependent on work load.

Please email your resume for consideration to:

(note from Jane: one of our 2016 graduates, Kelly Donnelly Trotz, started here part-time and is now a full-time designer – and loves it; this is a wonderful firm to work for)

Job Opportunity: Hinsdale Lighting

Hinsdale Lighting

Hinsdale Lighting has expanded and is selling furniture and accessories – in addition to fabulous lighting. If you are interested in full time or part time work, send a resume and cover letter to Karen Lang, Hinsdale Lighting President and good friend of the COD Interior Design program at: .

With the exploding importance of instagram…they are looking for someone who loves design and has an interest in marketing – to spend a little time doing that as well!

Internship at Frank Cooney Company

Happy Holidays! Give yourself the gift of new opportunities this break by applying to this newly opened part-time, paid internship at Frank Cooney Company. Located in Wood Dale, they specialize in K-12 education environments. This is a truly unique opportunity, apply today!

Full job description:

Internship/ Part Time Position:

We are a contract furniture dealer specializing in education spaces currently accepting applications for an Interior Design Assistant/Intern to assist our lead designer. We are one of the largest independent educational furniture dealers in the United Sates. We work primarily with K-12 but do some higher education projects as well. This is a paid internship and we will work with your schedule.

Assist our lead designer with providing visual materials to our sales team whether it be 2D or 3D layouts, renderings, fabric selection or digital presentations. We do primarily education so we will be doing layouts of classrooms, libraries, STEM labs, etc. on a daily basis. We provide the visuals for our sales team in order to sell our product.

We prefer someone who is a recent interior design graduate or is working toward an interior design degree.

  • Assist in space planning and design using Autocad, Adobe Suites, and 2020 Giza. We will train on Giza, but you must know other programs.
  • Fabric and Material Selection
  • Furniture Specification
  • Know how to balance multiple tasks at once.
  • Maintaining fabric & sample library
  • Developing multimedia presentations for clients
  • Update an help develop Social Media Accounts
  • Updating events on Website

Looking for someone to start immediately.

Paid hourly postion: $9-10 per hour

15-30 hours per week, possibly more depending on project load, though we will work with your school schedule.

Please send your Resume and a sample of your work (small or large format) to:

Stephanie Freer

Internship Opportunity at hk+c

The design firm hk+c, located in Rogers Park, is looking for an intern for the Spring Semester. This is an excellent opportunity as hk+c gets a lot of press coverage, both local and nationally. On top of that, the internship is paid, with between 15-20 hours of work per week. This internship would start immediately and end on June 1st, with the possible opportunity to extend the internship.

From the company, here’s a little more about the company and who they’re looking for:

hk+c is a holistic design agency that harnesses the power of design to affect the human experience. Our clients takes us across the globe with active projects in Chicago, throughout the States and Australia, the Caribbean, and Europe. As a small team, we work together everyday, and together we get to experience all aspects of various projects.  We work as a collection of talent coming together with a unique lens and voice on the project approach.
Our office is located in Rogers Park, a northern neighborhood of Chicago.

We craft brands, manifest art direction, and produce creative prototyping. We design stunning interior spaces, build restaurants (from the architecture to the menus), and consult on hospitality kitchens. We strategize and implement pop-ups + large scale events. we design experiences.

We build each team for the need.  With an ever-growing collection of talent, we serve our partners with a team crafted for their vision.  We keep it simple – make it emotional, make it effective, make it easy and deliver an elegant experience.

We believe that everyone has style within them because we all have a story.  We articulate that life story into physical form, helping our partners live their best life.  Design is the force that enables us to live more beautiful and powerful lives.

“Whether the need is a moment or a test of time – Story. Style. Life. Discover Yours.”

Intern Qualities:

  • Proficient in AutoCAD
  • Proficient in Google Sheets and Docs
  • Understanding of InDesign; SketchUp; Adobe Photoshop
  • Ability to work independently
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Basic understanding of floor and wall materials
  • Basic understanding of lighting, cabinetry, and appliances
  • Ability to efficiently multi-task and problem solve
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work on site with our team to complete installations

Above all – comes to the table with an “up for anything” attitude.

All applicants should send a cover letter, resume and portfolio to Bobby Diamond at

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Internship Opportunity at Antunovich Associates


Job Description
Antunovich Associates is currently seeking an Interiors Student Intern to join our interior design team part-time in Chicago, Illinois.  Primary responsibilities will include supporting the interior’s design resource library, including meeting with manufacturer representatives, updating the studio on new products and maintaining the library overall. Student Intern will also have the opportunity to assist our interior design studio, working alongside our interiors professionals to make meaningful contributions to various types of projects. Position would be two to three days a week, total hours, with flexibility around class schedule.
·         Assists in maintaining Materials Library through manufacturer representative meetings and general organization.
·         Performs small interiors assignments and works under direction of senior staff members.
Required Skills
·         Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
·         Basic proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, and InDesign graphic software preferred.
·         Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
·         Flexible and able to adapt quickly to shift gears as needed.
·         Ability to communicate both verbally and in writing.
·         Proficiency in MS Office Word, Excel and Outlook.
·         Revit/CAD skills a plus but not required.
Required Experience
·         Currently enrolled in an architecture or interior design program.
Please send resumes to the attention of Shannon Piatek;

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Job Opportunity at La-Z-Boy

The designers at La-Z-Boy are looking for motivated Interior Design students or graduates to serve as an Interior Design Assistant to their Interior Designer in their showrooms.

The full job description follows:

Interior Design Assistant

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries are looking for individuals who have a degree or are currently enrolled in an Interior Design program. If you are an individual who is driven to create beautiful home environments that represent the client’s lifestyle, fashion, and taste, we are looking for you.

Our Interior Design Assistants work closely with our Interior Designer. They assist with clients in our design center as well as at the client’s home to create individualized design solutions to sell La-Z-Boy products and services. The Interior Design Assistant will do space planning, fabric coordination, and product selection. They are responsible for creating sales and utilizing exceptional customer service skills.

If you are looking for career growth and you have completed your Interior Design program, the next step would be to consider the full-time Interior Designer position.

Responsible for creating sales utilizing exceptional customer service and knowledge of La-Z-Boy products and services. Strive to create long-term customer relationships that will lead to increased sales and profitability. Develop awareness of interior design through practical experience, observation and interaction with a La-Z-Boy Designer. Assist the Interior Designer in designing and creating comfortable and functional environments that represent client’s lifestyle, taste and budget.


Drives Sales

  • Contribute to store sales goals by selling furniture, accessories and services offered by La-Z-Boy
  • Team with Store Manager, Sales Manager and Associates to promote the In-Home Design program and drive overall store sales
  • Assist Interior Designer to achieve established In-Home program sales goals
  • Develop and utilize sales skills and principals including approach, rapport building, needs discovery, customized portfolio presentations, answering objections, closing, follow-up, after sale service and continuing contact with all previous and potential customers
  • Maximize store promotions, marketing initiatives, and grassroots programs
  • Maintain strong knowledge of features and benefits of existing and new product line
  • Meet established goals as set by management

In-Home Design

  • Schedule professional home consultations to present customized room designs, including sample fabrics, furniture, tables and accessory recommendations as well as the benefits of a professional installation service
  • Execute and champion the In-Home Design process per company guidelines
  • Accurately complete order information, collect deposits and fees, keep orderly customer records, and research customer payments and deliveries
  • Responsible to support design related functions in the store and maintain an up to date customized portfolio including before and after pictures of previous In-Home design projects

Customer Focus

  • Meet and greet customers that come into the store
  • Ensure that each La-Z-Boy customer has an informative and positive experience by using good customer service skills and knowledge of products
  • Make sound business decisions to deliver customer satisfaction and promote team environment


  • Maintain a positive working relationship with all store associates


  • Assist with maintenance of the overall visual appearance of store, this includes but is not limited to assist to maintain floor and/or showroom displays, tagging of products and accessories, maintaining accessory catalogs and design center fabrics, and maintaining general store cleanliness
  • Adhere to general store operational procedures and guidelines
  • Show a sense of urgency, enthusiasm and excitement with the staff and customers
  • Other duties as assigned

If this sounds like you, please contact Inga Watson at 630-705-0100 ext4.

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