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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New Job Opportunity!


Gabriela Alonso-Carmona, a COD Alumni is looking for help at her Wheaton based design firm. She is looking for a Junior Designer to help her source, draft, put presentations together, order samples and possibly do renderings as well.

You can check out some of her work on her webpage by clicking here, or the image above.

If you are interested in the position, please contact her directly at or by calling (630) 886-3457

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Job Opportunity at Tom Stringer Design Partners

The team at Tom Stringer Design Partners are looking for to hire for the following positions:

  • Design Assistant
  • Part-Time Designer
  • Full-Time Designer

They would prefer that the applicant have prior experience in a firm or studio. If this sounds like you, you can contact Lesley Stump with your cover letter and resume.

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Job Opportunity at Ruder Group

The Ruder Group is seeking to fill a part-time position as Showroom Manager for six commercial furniture showrooms in the Merchandise Mart. We are a fast-paced and dynamic sales organization serving the Architecture, Design, and Construction Industries in the Midwest and across the nation. Candidates should be organized, efficient, action-oriented and self -directed.

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Job Opportunity at Bernhardt

The Illinois Chapter of IIDA would like students to know that a job opportunity has opened up at Bernhardt Textiles. They are looking forward for an Independent Contract Sales Representative and are specifically looking for a student or recent graduate. Directly from their email, here are the requirements:

In this role, you would be responsible for selling high-end contract fabric, wallcovering and furnishings, as well as product & sampling assortments to accounts within the Midwest Region here in Chicago. Please see more information below regarding the job description & qualifications necessary to apply:



  • Meet or exceed sales goals as set by the Director of Contract.
  •  Determine and sell appropriate product to accounts within the territory.
  • Reinforce brand positioning in the marketplace.
  • Provide key service points for accounts.
  • Analyze the territory to identify growth opportunity including high potential customers and accounts.
  • Provide feedback from the territory such as competitive information trends, including regular scheduled meetings with key specifiers.
  • Use your best efforts to promote and market the products actively in order to maximize sales potential.
  • Attend Sales Meetings.
  • Maintain all company property such as books, records, etc.
  • Sales generation within the assigned territory.
  • Manage individual client book.
  • Develop new business opportunities through trade affiliations; industry functions; trade publications, etc.
  • Provide the Director of Contract with a monthly report with territory specific business analysis information.
  • Follow up on all stages of the sale from the quote to order generation, through shipping and invoicing of all orders.
  • Provide world-class customer service to clients.


  • BA or BS degree in a related field is helpful but not required.
  • Superior communication and presentation skills are a must.
  • Team player
  • Problem solver
  • Good listener
  • Ability to multi-task and shift gears when needed.
  • Self-starter

If you are interested in the position, email Nancy Krames at

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