Studio Institute

Exhibition Design Intern

Cleveland Museum of Natural History -- Exhibition Design Intern

Please see instructions on how to apply at the bottom of this page.

The intern will provide key project support in development of design documentation for a planned special exhibition that will be on view to the public during the 2018-2019 exhibition season. Working under direction of the CMNH Exhibition Project Coordinator, the intern will assist in the production of exhibition layouts, presentation materials, and design documents for fabrication and installation of the exhibit. Individual workload and tasks will be assigned based on the intern's individual capabilities. The Intern will benefit from participation in a real-world exhibit design process from concept through completion, and will develop professional visual materials that they can include in their portfolio. 

Skills: The preferred candidate will have experience in the development of themed environments, such as exhibitions and/or other experience-based buildings or interior spaces. Preferred majors include architecture, interior architecture, exhibition design, industrial design, and related disciplines. The successful candidate will have direct professional experience through prior jobs/internships and/or significant classroom-based experience with tangible portfolio items. Excellent visual communication skills through hand sketching, 3D sketching via computer application, and CAD drafting are required. The ability to work collaboratively with the Museum design team and receive constructive feedback is essential, as is the ability to concisely and creatively express ideas and other communications in both visual and written form. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to thrive in an iterative design environment, receiving feedback and completing revisions on an ongoing basis, as well as at specific project milestones. The successful candidate also will have demonstrated skills in SketchUp, AutoCad, Office, and cloud-based collaboration apps, such as Box, Office 365, and similar. Skills in hand model-making and associated tools and equipment are a plus. Preferred candidates will demonstrate a strong interest in nature, natural history, science, and/or conservation.

Projects include:
- Draw and scheme out an exhibition to come to fruition
- Work alongside exhibition supervisors to detail plans of exhibition implementation and infrastructure
- Assist in development of exhibition production and installation documentation phase of design

This position pays $12/hr, 28 hours a week for 9 weeks. In addition, you will receive a $580 stipend for completing the Arts Intern component of the program. Visit the Program Details page for more information.  

1) Will be enrolled as a full time undergraduate student as of the Fall 2018 semester. You must be a rising Junior or Senior.
2) Attend college in Cleveland, or live within Cleveland or the boundary established by the
Inner Ring Suburbs. 
3) Have an Expected Family Contribution of less than $5000. This number is on your FAFSA form, to see what it looks like -- click here. 


1) To apply to a position, please click here and fill out the eligibility application form
2) Once your eligibility application is reviewed and approved, Studio Institute will send you an email confirming your eligibility for the program. Note: once you're verified as eligible for Arts Intern, you can apply to as many positions as you'd like. You do not have to submit the eligibility application more than once. 
3) You will forward this confirmation email, along with your CV, cover letter, and transcript to the email below these instructions with the subject "Arts Intern 2019 Approved Application".

Once you've received confirmation of eligibility, email your application to Beth Kelly at