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Interior Design Internships Abroad

AIFS Abroad Internships in Interior Design.

Why an Interior Design Internship Abroad is Right for You 

Gaining a profound understanding of Interior Design within a global context is pivotal for your long-term career success. Our international Interior Design internships are crafted to broaden your horizons while equipping you with vital professional skills. We tailor our internships abroad to align perfectly with your existing experience, educational background, and future aspirations.  

We advocate for a hands-on approach, urging employers to minimize “administrative tasks” and instead provide you with engaging and impactful projects. As an Interior Design intern, you may find yourself immersed in diverse responsibilities, including market research, visual merchandising, e-commerce management, and more. Interior Design remains one of our most popular and sought-after career fields, with internship opportunities available across many of our locations. 

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Advantages of an Interior Design Internship with AIFS Abroad

  • Stand out to employers with international Interior Design work experience 
  • Professional development including interview coaching and career readiness program  
  • Guaranteed placement in a full-time internship  
  • Apply with two career fields, not just Interior Design 
  • Customize your internship  
  • Academic credit through AIFS Abroad or your home university

Interior Design Internship Placement Examples

AIFS Abroad has an excellent history of matching talented interns with top tier international companies. Our placement team is dedicated to finding the right employers for our interns based on their chosen career fields, skills, and interests. The following are just a few examples of internship placements that may be available.

Interior Design Internship with Hip London Firm

This company comprises a talented team of designers offering a variety of skills ranging from furniture and fabric selection to implementing the latest computer technology. The director is an innovative, talented designer with a wealth of experience in the industry and a strong client focus. Since founding the company in 2012, the director and his team have been responsible for designing restaurants for Pho, Côte, Vinoteca, Benito’s Hat, Brindisa in London and Barcelona as well as Las Iguanas and Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

Residential projects include a Covent Garden penthouse and show suites, Kensington Duplex penthouse, Bankside penthouse, and bespoke apartments in locations from Mayfair to Valencia.

Intern tasks may include:
– Photoshop rendering
– Working with AutoCad
– Assisting designers in preparing schemes
– Reviewing samples library
– Collating library samples and painting up paint samples
– Collecting samples or organizing deliveries
– Supporting senior design team members on projects
– Understanding the needs of clients on all projects
– Attending project site meeting as and when required
– Working as part of a team with other designers
– Keeping up to date with new developments in the industry
– Showing an innovative approach to designs and the business
– Displaying strong organizational skills in all areas of the business

Interior Design Internship with a Boutique Design Firm

This company offers a full-service boutique design experience. They are currently working on a mix of project types including residential, commercial office, and restaurant/ hospitality design. They share an office space with a brokerage and are also involved in real estate staging and furnishing. Their office is located in midtown Manhattan, but their project sites range from Manhattan to outlying boroughs including Brooklyn and Queens.

Intern tasks may include:
– Site surveys and computer drafting of existing conditions for new job sites
– Site visits to check the status of current projects for compliance to design, updating principal designer on conditions through photos and redlines
– Editing CAD plans, elevations, and design details with as-built conditions or as redlined by designers
– Keeping project managers and construction crew updated on design and site status
– Collecting material finish samples
– Quantifying interior finish materials
– Placing and tracking material orders and delivery status using spreadsheets
– Finding images and inspiration for mood boards and precedent studies
– Assisting in sourcing and procurement of furniture and décor

Architecture and Interior Design Internship with Local Design Studio

The architecture studio was born in 2000, and has become the current design studio in which everything is conceived and studied with the ancient approach of the masters of the Italian artistic tradition. From concept design to the classic architectural language: every single part contributes to creating the unity of the project.

Intern tasks may include:
– Designing interiors for the company clients
– Researching new trends, modes and styles
– Updating interior design projects to show to clients
– Learning new design programs
– Taking client visions and turning them into possible design options

Interior and Graphic Design Internship with a French Design Company

We have more than 30 years of experience in classic and French interior design and custom furniture design. We are proud to offer a full design and supply solution for your interior project, large or small. For full renovation or building projects, we are skilled in everything from consulting on the architectural elements and interior layout, through to the manufacture and installation of all the joinery and custom made pieces. When it’s time to add the finishing touches, we can provide custom-made or imported furniture, lighting, upholstery services, wall and window treatments, and art curating services.

Intern tasks may include:
– Assisting with putting together an online decorating guide based on traditional styles
– Image enhancement (including color adjustment) of product and interiors images
– Creating the layout for the decorating guide in InDesign
– Researching interior design elements e.g. curtain types, upholstery styles, etc.
– Providing design support for the creation of web and print promotions

Interior Design Internship with Contemporary Design Firm

This interior design practice, store, and collaborative workspace was founded in 2006. The owner has spent their entire working life in the design industry and is the principal designer in the firm. With a focus on contemporary design and a reputation for being expert in some of the most exciting and quality brands in modern design, the firm specializes in modern interiors and the melding of classic design styles with a contemporary twist. Their interiors are meaningful, practical, and enduring.

Intern tasks may include:
– Working collaboratively with the team
– Greeting and communicating with customers
– Digitally drafting (using AutoCAD)
– Working on additional seasonal projects

Interior Design Internship with a Highly Acclaimed Interior Design Firm

The team at this prestigious design firm oversees the entire process with an award winning construction team of fitters, joiners, tillers, and decorators. Each team member is unique and an integral part of the jigsaw that keeps the firm in its highly respected position in metro London.

Intern tasks may include:
– Assisting in sourcing from library
– Participating in plan to scale modeling
– Partaking in 3D rendering
– Giving presentations using PowerPoint and board
– Learning overview of client presentation process and general office issues in design
– Developing of IT and sourcing skills as well as client interaction
– Updating of library manuals

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Barcelona, Spain
Summer 2025
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Fall 2025
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Florence, Italy
Spring 2025
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Earn Credit For Your Internship Abroad

AIFS Abroad’s international internship program is designed to complement your college degree. You can earn college credits through your home institution, our school of record, or specific location-based opportunities.

How it Works

Step 1

Apply

Submit your application and start working with your Admissions Counselor. We will have an interview to learn about your career goals, educational background, and location preferences to ensure that you are a good candidate to intern abroad.

Step 2

Accept

Once your interview and application are complete, you’ll be cleared to apply. Your Admissions Counselor and our Placement Team will determine if we’re able to match you with a great host employer in your chosen destination. If accepted, this means we can guarantee you an internship within your career field.

Step 3

Enroll

After acceptance, the next step is to simply enroll into the program with your initial deposit to secure your spot. Enrolling means you have officially decided to join the program and take on the challenge and thrill of living and becoming an intern abroad in a new city!

Step 4

Prepare

Before you arrive in your host city, you will work one-on-one with your Program Advisor. They work with you on professional development, career advising and make sure you are ready to move and intern in your new home.

Step 5

Interview

We will start the match-making process and narrow down employers to a select few that you would be a great fit for. You’ll have a Skype or phone interview before you leave, so they can get to know you, and you can get to know them. If everything goes well, then your internship is confirmed! You’ll know where you’ll be interning and the role you’ll be walking into before you hop on the plane.

Step 6

Arrive

When you’ve arrived in your city, you will meet the Location Coordinator and the other interns at your housing. Your internship will start soon after you’ve arrived and there will be social events and excursions throughout the course of your program. We strive to give you the independence you want with all the support and resources you need to be successful during your travel and internship.

Getting started is simple! In just a few steps, you’ll be on your way to building your resume and gaining critical hands-on experience. 

Note: The vast majority of our internship placements are unpaid.

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I think that every aspect of this program made my experience so great. For one, my host city was greater than I could have imagined it could be. It was so fun, charming, and inviting. I think that because it was on the smaller side it made exploring it more intimate and by the first 2 weeks you could really know your way around. Secondly, because my specific program was smaller, it was easier to connect with each of the fellow interns, and we all became very good friends in a short amount of time. I think it was the perfect amount of people. Lastly, the company that I worked for made me excited to come into work everyday and learn. I know that by talking to other interns, their jobs really made their experience as well.

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I also want to give my thanks to AIFS Abroad and Global Experiences for such an outstanding program. With the help of these companies, I was able to earn academic credit at the College of Charleston while furthering my professional experience in an foreign city. I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to be a part of this incredible international experience. Au revoir Paris, a la prochaine fois!

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