News March 10, 2020

Work, Learn and Expand your skill set with Small Center this Summer

Seize the opportunity to apply for Design Futures and our Public Interest Design Fellowship!

We have two opportunities for students this summer- The Design Futures Student Leadership Forum,  a week long forum focused on public interest design, and the Small Center Public Interest Design Fellowship .  The deadline to apply for both opportunities has been extended to April 3, 2020.


In 2020, the Design Futures Student Leadership Forum will be held May 18th-22nd in St. Louis, MO. The Small Center funds tuition for five students for the forum (which includes lodging and most meals). Students are responsible for transport and a few meals. Once accepted, we will connect all students to encourage car pooling. Transportation cost concerns should not be a limiting factor in applying.

If you are interested in Design Futures, please email a Letter of Interest letting us know why you are interested in attending the conference and what you hope to learn to by April 3, 2020. Please save as “LastnameFirstname_DF2020.”and put Design Futures in the subject line.


SUMMER FELLOWSHIP (For current 3rd year students and above from all degree programs)

In 2020, we will hire 2-4  Public Interest Design Summer Fellows to assist with our collaborative design and research projects on topics ranging from affordable housing and public spaces to water management and health. Selected applicants will receive a $2,000 stipend for 4 weeks of full-time work from June 1st-June 26th.

Summer fellows will also have the opportunity to choose to be considered for a TA position for the School of Architecture Career Exploration Program from July 6th-July 31st. This is a full time/hourly paid position.

If you are interested in applying for the fellowship submit the following items in a single PDF, with the subject line, PID Fellowship 2020 to by April 3, 2020. Please save the single PDF as “LastnameFirstname_PID2020.” Applications without all three items below will not be considered. Please indicate in your application if you would also like to be a TA for Career Explorations.

1. Resume – Include whether you are in the undergraduate or graduate program, and your expected graduation year

2. Brief work sample – 5 pages or less. Show us what you can do!

3. 1-page letter of interest – Fellows are expected to bring creativity, curiosity and a can-do attitude to engaging some of the big issues facing our city. Note that you will be expected to advance ideas independently and as part of a team. Let us know why you want to work with us, and also share some evidence you are not a robot. We need your humanity as well as your design skills!