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2019-2020 Interior Design Intern 

About the Organization What is it you want out of your career?

If you're looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged, to work hard and to be part of a growing team, then Progressive AE may be the place for you. We work hard to surround ourselves with professionals who are more than just good at their job. We want engineers, architects, designers and support staff who have a desire to help shape our company. We need colleagues who will help us grow by thinking outside their job description. The work we do here is challenging, and sometimes the hours are long. But we're committed to serving our clients and providing the best solutions possible.

Progressive AE is a full-service, forward-thinking design firm. With offices in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charlotte, North Carolina, we work on projects around the country that offer a variety and challenge you won't find at many other firms. And we don't relegate creativity just to 'creatives'-we encourage original thinking in every part of the organization-from support staff to engineering.

Since we're an employee-owned company, you'll be able to see the benefits of your hard work. And in return, we'll invest in you. This includes an in-depth wellness program with fitness classes and health coaching, flexible schedules, continuing education, mentorship, volunteer opportunities and internal leadership positions. In fact, we've been named one of the Best & Brightest Places to Work for since 2006, named Business Leader of the Year, received the Community and Educational Partnership Awards, and are the proud winners of the Governor's Fitness Award.

We are always looking for talented individuals to advance the strategic goals of our firm. If you are a big picture thinker with unique technical skills, we'd like to consider your application.

Category Student Opportunities  
Location Grand Rapids, MI  


Grow With Us: Progressive AE’s Internship Program is a part-time, paid, year-round opportunity that provides a 100% real-world experience for students early in their career. During the internship, you will apply academic learning to real-world situations and cultivate project management, problem-solving, and communication skills. And with service-learning opportunities, community outings, wellness participation, and professional development lunch-and-learns, you’ll build a foundation for working in the Interior Design field in the future.

As an Interior Design Intern, you will work collaboratively with project managers and other designers to familiarize yourself with extensive lines of materials, gain industry experience, and begin to build a professional network and resume. Typical work includes preparation of design presentation materials, project finish books, participation in manufacturer representative presentations, and organizing and cataloging materials, samples, and product literature in the Design Library.


Project Quality & Management

  • Organize and catalog materials, samples, and product literature in the Design Library.
  • Develop finish boards and binders during various phases of project development.
  • Manage incoming and outgoing mail and packages, including those materials to be shipped directly to clients or returned to vendors.
  • Organize and manage digital file system (vendor contacts and shared files).
  • Assist with preparation of quality working drawing contract documents, sketches, plans, details and schedules, using Revit or AutoCAD software.
  • Attend on-site visits and field reviews to become acclimated on our methods, style, and approach to working with outside contractors and vendors.
  • Maintain knowledge of current trends and introductions of furnishings.
  • Alert your Technical Leader and Discipline Leader if you become aware of changes that could affect your schedule, work completion, or completion of assigned projects.


  • Assist with selection of furniture systems, fixtures, and equipment.
  • Provide design analysis consistent with Progressive AE’s standards.
  • Attend professional development activities including “Lessons Learned” sessions.
  • Exhibit initiative and eagerness to learn and take on new responsibilities, responding well to mentorship.


  • Collaborate with various disciplines throughout Progressive AE. Regularly communicate with Interior Designers, Project Managers, and Project Architects to ensure the Design Library is organized and presentable to disciplines and clients.
  • Present a professional image through appropriate business attire, personal appearance, and ability to carry and project yourself in a professional manner.
  • Prepare effective design presentation materials, record notes, and assist designers with presentations as needed.
  • Set up and participate in manufacturer representative presentations. Learn and update staff about product and literature as they become available.
Position Requirements


  1. Enrollment in an accredited Interior Design bachelor’s program.
  2. Attention to detail with an emphasis on quality work products and client service.
  3. Strong design, reliability, and problem-solving skills.
  4. Ability to work and communicate successfully in a fast paced, team environment.
  5. Excellent technical, written and oral communication skills, including preparing for and performing presentations.
  6. Ability to work 16-20 hours per week year round.
  7. Proficient with Revit or AutoCAD, MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, MS Project and Outlook), Sketch-Up, Photoshop, InDesign, and graphic software.
Full-Time/Part-Time Seasonal  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
EOE Statement Progressive AE is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing equal opportunity to all qualified individuals in its employment practices. Progressive AE strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination against employees and applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, disability, age, qualified veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Applicants with a disability, who require a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, may email for assistance. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis.  

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