Summer 2023 Design Research Internship

This unique opportunity encourages young professionals and designers to develop real solutions for the next evolution of educational design.  

Guiding Question:

How might we create beautiful, healthy, and safe school environments where all learners are excited to come to school every day and be the best version of themselves?

Education has the power to transcend barriers, divisions, and inequalities; an equalizing force in society. Unfortunately, all school-aged kids are not making it to school every day. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 1 in 6 students in the U.S. are chronically absent. The reasons for absenteeism are widespread, however, we wonder, as designers and professionals, how might we design systems, structures and spaces that enable students to thrive?  

Selected intern(s) will explore architectural solutions and operational approaches as strategies for addressing absenteeism in education through research and implementation.  

Interns will work alongside professional educational designers, architects, healthy building professionals and school leaders for insights into design research. Chosen participants will use their findings to produce thought-provoking insights leading to a final deliverable. These findings will lead to innovative design prototypes, graphics, and presentations related to the evolution of educational and architectural design. 

Internship Logistics:

Location: Currently all internships will be virtual with the possibility of in-person meetings at DC, Minneapolis, and Detroit offices. 

Time: Summer 2023, 3-4 days a week/12 weeks. Specific dates will be on a case-by-case basis and have opportunities to extend into Fall/Winter 2023. 


Send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to with the subject line “FI Design Research Internship- First Name_Last Name”

Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2023

Who is Fielding International?

Fielding International is a certified B Corporation and a global leader for the planning and design of educational facilities. For the past 20 years, we have provided consulting services to many international and private schools; public school districts; local, regional and national governments and other educational clients in over 50 countries on six continents. We partner with school organizations to plan and design learning spaces and experiences that promote student agency, enrich social and emotional well-being, and cultivate authentic learning. We have a commitment to re-imagining the future of education alongside the communities we serve.

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