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Ralph Appelbaum Associates 3D Exhibition Design Internship (Summer 2022) 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 2022. Recent graduates, graduate students, and emerging professionals 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

  • Duration: June through August

RAA internships can be completed remotely, in our New York studio space, or a combination thereof. All applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of location within the US.

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.


  • Supporting 3D project 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


  • Currently pursuing (or recently completed) a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in Exhibit Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, or related fields

  • Proficiency in Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD preferred

  • Proficiency in 3D modeling program, such as 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 Instructions:

The application deadline for the RAA Summer 2022 Internship Program is Thursday, March 31, 2022.

Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot personally respond to each applicant. Qualified candidates will be contacted via email regarding our interview process.

About RAA:

Nearly a half century ago, RAA pioneered a new approach to learning in public. We are now the world’s largest practice dedicated to the planning and design of museums and narrative environments.

Today, we work on commissions of all sizes to use physical space as a medium for communication and dialogue. Our comprehensive creative and technical offerings uplift the missions and ideas of our clients. Past and current projects include many of the world’s most recognizable cultural attractions, and our work has been honored with every major award for design and communication, including the first-ever National Design Award for Communications Design. More than 75,000,000 people encounter our work every year.

Our international studios are diverse and interdisciplinary: we draw together designers, architects, artists, historians, educators, media-makers, technologists, writers, and poets that are passionate about encouraging a mindful connection to the world around us.

Connective and transformative experiences in public spaces are essential for individuals, communities, cities, and nations — now more than ever.

EEO Statement and Commitment to Diversity:

RAA is committed to reflecting and honoring the diversity of our staff, clients, projects, and audiences. Equity, Diversity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (EDAI) are not only integral components of the practice’s core beliefs, but are fundamental to our continued success as planners and designers of museums, exhibitions, and learning environments. To both of these ends, the practice seeks to embody equity in each of its policies and procedures, at every level of the practice and studio, and throughout all business practices.

Within the studio, RAA is deeply committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion among our staff, which involves creating and maintaining a workplace in which employees of all backgrounds feel supported and can participate and contribute to the success of the practice and that of our clients. We celebrate and value all employees for their skills, experience, and unique perspectives. We also strive for equitable representation among our staff in terms of race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, gender, religion, and ability.

RAA does not discriminate in employment or access to its programs or activities on the basis of: race; color; creed; religion; gender; gender identity or expression; sex; sexual orientation; national origin or ancestry; citizenship status; health or genetic information; age; marital status; mental or physical disability; pregnancy; political affiliation; arrest record; past, present, or future service in the uniformed services; or any other legally protected status. Our policy of non-discrimination applies to all personnel practices, including, but not limited to, recruitment, project assignments, professional development, compensation, or any other employment practice. We encourage women, minorities, and candidates from other underrepresented communities to apply.

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