We spoke to the owner of this firm at the Portfolio Show, and encourage anyone interested in the Kitchen & Bath and Residential construction & remodeling industry to reach out to them. They are open to talking to recent graduates.

Check out there website HERE. They do some beautiful projects.OHI position


Junior Designer Position at Designing Interiors, Inc.

Maria Hildebrand and her team at Designing Interiors, Inc. is looking for a new Junior Designer to join them! Maria has been in business in the Western Suburbs for 15 years and specializes in custom home builds and renovation projects. The company assists with everything, from blueprints to the final finishes to truly allow for any customer’s need. As a long standing member of the Northern Illinois Home Builder’s Association, this is a perfect opportunity for those who are looking to get into residential design.

As a Junior Designer, you will be required to:

  • Be self-motivated and flexible, with the ability to learn new skills and apply them.
  • Understand project scope, take initiative and work independently.
  • Have a strong knowledge of CAD, Power Point, Excel, and Word.
  • Have a basic understanding of Interior Design Trends.
  • Experience in the building or home furnishing industry is a plus, but not required.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Have strong time management skills and the ability to work on multiple projects at once.
  • Be a team player, creative, and fun.

The position is 20-30 hours a week with a starting pay of $15/ hour, with the possibility of commission. If this sounds like the perfect job for you, contact Maria Hildebrand with your resume and any other supporting documents.

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Internship Opportunity with Kelly Hurliman


Kelly Hurliman is looking for an intern to help her with her new, growing, interior design business. Kelly, who has spent over a decade as the personal stylist to Oprah Winfrey and apprenticed at Nate Berkus & Associates has opened her own design firm. She has been noted by Chicago Splash Magazine as one of their “Who to Watch”.

Kelly is looking for someone who is self-motivated and flexible.  The ideal candidate would be able to help with Photoshop layouts, social media marketing, installations, pick up and returns, contact vendors for pricing and sales, possibly work from home, and have a valid drivers licence. The job is 10 – 15 hours a week and earns $10/hour.

If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, please contact Kelly Hurliman with your resume, portfolio, and to schedule an interview.

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Job Opportunity at West Elm

The West Elm store at the Oak Brook Center is looking to hire a part-time stylist. They are looking for someone who:

  • Loves to sell, can articulate a proven ability to exceed selling goals & most importantly can close a sale
  • Succeeds in a team environment, while able to work independently & manage your own time
  • Enjoys being hands-on with product & functions well both in-store & in the customers’ home
  • Recognizes that every customer has individualized needs & aesthetics & can cater your designs accordingly
  • Thrives in an entrepreneurial environment & are constantly looking for ways to think outside-the-box
  • Has an obsession for interior decorating, architecture, art, creativity, craft, artisans & neighborhood’s treasures
  • Keeps their finger on the pulse of design trends both globally & in your local community
  • Knows what questions to ask your customers in order to understand their personal style & needs

As part of the job and part of the company you will:

  • Drive sales & achieve sales goals per hour, by connecting customers to you & West Elm
  • Inspire associates & customers by connecting them to design trends, inspiration & local resources that reflect the eclectic, creative & modern spirit of the brand
  • Develop & manage relationships with clients, designers, developers, local businesses & artisans
  • Prioritize the customer & collaborate with your team to ensure adequate selling floor coverage during in-store or in-home appointments
  • Discover each customers’ style by sparking conversation, sharing inspiration & consulting with them to learn how to bring their story to life
  • Share decorating expertise & develop thoughtful space plans that fit the customers’ lifestyle
  • Advise customers on where to access design resources for products & services that may be unavailable at west elm (wallpaper, appliances, re-upholsterer, etc)
  • Share the stories, collaborations & craft behind our products to bring them to life for our customer
  • Develop vision boards, Icovia floorplans & utilize Pinterest to help customers express their personal style at home
  • Be held accountable for the following brand competencies: operates with strategic agility, drives innovation & change, provides influential leadership, communicates effectively, develops self & others, creates teams & partnerships, focuses on the customer, builds operational excellence and drives execution

Having at least 1-2 years schooling or experience in Interior Design or Furniture Design is appreciated as is an ability to work weekends and holidays and to travel to client homes. Pay is between $12 and $14, depending on experience. You should also have an ability to lift at least 75 lbs.

If this sounds like you, email your cover letter, resume, portfolio, and any other pertinent information (Instagram handle, blog address, Pintrest boards, ect.) to Amy Cappelletti.

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Part Time Position at Bradford and Kent


The team at Bradford and Kent is looking for someone to fill a part-time role in their firm. They are looking for someone with:

  • Knowledge of AutoCAD
  • Familiarity with Kitchen and Bath design
  • General computer skills
  • Ability to do social media and marketing assistance.

This is a great opportunity if you’re currently finishing or have finished the Kitchen and Bath certificate! They are looking for someone to work about 20 – 30 hours a week, at about $17 an hour. If this sounds like the perfect opportunity for you, please contact Sharon Thorsen, their Senior Design Coordinator for more information and to schedule an interview.

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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)