Design Futurist Internship – High School Students

Design Futurist Internship – High School Students

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

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

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

Join the Kohl’s Design It! Lab team as an ambassador to your school through the Design Futurist Internship Program.  High school students who enjoy creating with their hands, tinkering, dissembling things and putting them back together, 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.

The Design Futurist Intern will work with the Kohl’s Design It! Lab team in the Quick Shop and throughout the museum.  They will learn how innovation and design are taught in a public setting while gaining valuable customer services skills required in a professional setting.  They will also learn how to use industrial design tools and equipment such as vacuum formers, heat sealers, cnc sample makers and laser cutters.

In exchange for your service as a Design Futurist Intern, you are given full access to the Kohl’s Design It! Lab twice a month during Studio Nights.  These open labs give you the opportunity to use professional equipment including laser cutters, vacuum formers, and the cnc sample maker.  Design Futurists are also invited to exclusive Master Series events throughout the year. Participants may arrange for academic credit through their school.  The internship is unpaid.

Required Commitment

  • Three Days per month on Saturday or Sunday 9:30am-4:30pm.


  • Educate visitors of Discovery World about the Kohl’s Design It! Lab through tool demonstrations on the promenade and throughout the exhibits.
  • Greet visitors to the Kohl’s Design It! Lab and seat them in the Kohl’s Design It! Quick Shop.
  • 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.
  • Assist visitors of the Kohl’s Design It! Lab in creating projects to take home.
  • Recognize when visitors need extra assistance with certain projects and assist them as needed.
  • Assist our Design Team to deliver Kohl’s Design It! Workshops and act as an assistant in the lab.
  • Properly care for minor injuries (i.e. – cuts, burns) that may happen within the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.
  • Prep projects and materials for the Quick Shop.
  • Notify supervisor of any broken tools or malfunctioning technology within the lab and set them aside.
  • Be helpful, friendly, enthusiastic and responsive to all visitors of Discovery World and maintain a safe learning environment within the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.

To apply, please fill out the application online at  For inquiries, contact the Weekend Program Coordinator, John Koerner, at