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Exhibition Physical Design Internship (m/f/d)

Ralph Appelbaum Associates, the world’s largest museum planning and interpretive design firm, is offering paid internships to qualified students for Fall 2023. Recent graduates, graduate students, and emerging professionals are also welcome to apply. RAA internships are based in our studio in Kreuzberg but our projects are in Germany, Europe, and beyond.

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 environment.

The Exhibition Physical Design Intern will work under the guidance of the Project Manager and Senior 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 design staff also work directly with the visual 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 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 BA or advanced degree in Exhibit Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, or related fields (at least 4th semester) 
  • Proficiency in Revit and/or Vectorworks
  • Proficiency in a 3D modeling program, such as Rhino, Grasshopper, or Sketchup preferred
  • Model-making skills are a plus
  • Hand-drawing and/or sketching skills are a plus
  • Image editing skills a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, and Google Workspace
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop) is preferred
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good knowledge of written and spoken German
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proactive approach to time and task management
  • Strong attention to detail

Salary Range and Internship Duration

  • Hours: 2-5 days/week or 16-40 hours/week (we can accommodate school schedules)
  • Compensation: 12 EUR/hour
  • Duration: at least 3 and up to 6 months, starting August 1, 2023

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates will be contacted via email regarding our interview process. To apply for this role, please send a cover letter, CV, and portfolio to berlincontact@raai.com.

EEO Statement:

RAA is an equal opportunity practice that is committed to furthering diversity and inclusion in our studio. 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 strongly encourage women, people of color, and candidates from other underrepresented communities to apply.