Design Futurist Internship – High School Students

Design Futurist Internship – High School Students

Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Dates: February 1-April 30, 2018

Application Deadline: May 15, 2018
Dates: June 1-August 31, 2018

Application Deadline: September 15, 2018
Dates: October 1-December 31, 2018

Join the Kohl’s Design It! Lab team through the Design Futurist Internship Program.  High School students who enjoy creating with their hands, tinkering & building, and learning new technologies for design are encouraged to apply.  This opportunity not only allows students to explore and experiment with tools and materials of the industrial design world, but also gain experience in a professional and educational setting.

Design Futurist Interns work with our team in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab and throughout Discovery World. They will learn how design can be taught in a public setting while gaining valuable customer service skills. They will also be introduced to industrial design tools and equipment such as vacuum formers, heat sealers, a sample cutter, and laser cutters.

Required Commitment

  • Three Days per month on Saturday or Sunday


  • Assist visitors of the Kohl’s Design It! Lab in creating projects to take home.
  • Be helpful, friendly, enthusiastic, and responsive to all visitors of Discovery World and maintain a safe and fun learning environment within the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.
  • Teach visitors how to use a wide range of tools from basic hand tools to vacuum formers and communicate safety precautions associated with each tool.
  • Educate visitors about the Kohl’s Design It! Lab through demonstrations in the lab and throughout the exhibits.
  • Prepare supplies and materials that are needed during our weekend experience
  • Notify Weekend Coordinator of any material shortages, broken tools, or needs/issues that may arise during open lab hours.
  • Assist our Kohl’s Design It! Lab team members as needed.

Design Futurist Internship Application

  • To apply, please fill out the application below.

    For College Students, please also send a resume and cover letter either via email to or by mail to: Discovery World / Attn: Caitlyn Jahr, 500 North Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202

    For inquiries, contact the Weekend Coordinator, John Koerner, at

  • *Must be a high school or undergraduate to apply.
  • How did you hear about the Design Futurist Internship? If a teacher or previous intern referred this position to you, please list their name.
  • Please list all weekdays and times you are available.
  • Please answer the following questions in less than 100 words. It is highly recommended to visit Discovery World or research our exhibits and programs online prior to answering the questions. For a free admission ticket, please email the Weekend Program Administrator, John Koerner at, with your name and planned date of visit.
  • (Applicants who are under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian’s signed consent indicated at the end of the application.)
  • Person to Notify in Case of an Emergency

    If you are under 18, this person must be your parent or guardian.
  • Agreement and Signature

    By signing and submitting this application, I affirm that the facts set forth are true and complete. I understand that I will be placed according to the best match of my skill sets and Discovery World’s opportunities and needs.
  • It is the policy of this organization to provide equal opportunity without regard to race, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. I understand that by signing this application I’ve given consent to undergo a criminal background check by Discovery World and to comply with Discovery World’s Volunteer Handbook. Application to the Volunteer Services department does not automatically guarantee placement within this organization.