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Ralph Appelbaum Associates 3D Exhibition Design Internship (Summer 2021) in New York, New York

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), the world?s largest museum planning and interpretive design firm, is offering paid internships to qualified undergraduate students for Summer 2021. Recent graduates and graduate students are also welcome to apply. Internships are open to interested persons looking to further their academic and/or career goals in museums and cultural institutions and/or related areas. Interns will gain valuable work experience and professional development in a dynamic, collaborative, and creative office environment.

  • Hours: 2-5 days/week or 16-40 hours/week (can accommodate school schedule)

  • Compensation: $20.00/hour

About RAA:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) are planners, designers, and producers of award-winning museums and educational attractions. Founded in 1978, RAA provides comprehensive services to clients with missions in the areas of public education, public-space and institutional design, and the development of new cultural centers and programs. Our portfolio includes approximately 700 completed commissions in 50 countries. Headquartered in New York, with branch offices in London, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, and Dubai, RAA?s staff includes designers, architects, historians, educators, media specialists, technologists, and researchers who work in dedicated project teams that are passionate about experiential design and communications.

Past projects include the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the Newseum, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum all in Washington, D.C.; the Nordic Museum, Seattle, Washington; the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Internship Overview:

The 3D Design Intern will work under the guidance of the Project Manager and senior 3D Designers to help produce architectural exhibit elements. At the heart of RAA?s design philosophy is the desire to seamlessly integrate the visitor experience and the architectural environment. For most projects, RAA works closely with architectural partners to maximize the potential of the building to support the visitor experience and facilitate operations. The 3D Design staff also works directly with the 2D designers, Content staff, consultants (lighting, audio/visual, media, etc.), and clients to determine exhibition design and layout. Candidates should have strong conceptual ability and a range of skills.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supporting project 3D staff

  • Preparing architectural drawings (plans, elevations, sections, details, etc.), ranging from conceptual studies to fabrication documents, under project staff supervision

  • Building physical models and mock-ups for internal study as well as client presentations

  • Generating 3D models of exhibition spaces and elements

  • Researching and selecting materials, finishes, and equipment

  • Maintaining firm?s drafting and modeling standards and file management procedures

  • Working on multiple projects concurrently and meeting project deadlines

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a Bachelor?s Degree or advanced degree in Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, or related fields

  • Proficiency in either AutoCAD or Vectorworks

  • Proficiency in 3D modeling program: Rhino or Sketchup preferred

  • Model-making skills and familiarity with hand and power tools are a plus

  • Hand-drawing and/or sketching skills are a plus

  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite is a plus

Application Guidelines:

Ralph Appelbaum Associates is an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status. We encourage women, minorities, and candidates from other underrepresented communities to apply.

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