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Design Lab Employment

Current Employment Opportunities at the Design Lab

Are you interested in a job with the Design Lab? All of our current employment opportunities are listed on this page. For information and to apply for a position, please follow the links posted below. Additional questions may be directed to Ashley Davis, Coordinator of the Design Lab. Thank you for your interest in working with us!

Digital Design Camp 2021 Staff Positions

Interested in working at our new Digital Design Camp? Please review the following information to learn more about all employment opportunities, and specifics for each position.

Digital Design Camp 2021 staff working weeks*:

  • Design Foundations // Rising 6th – 8th grades  
    • June 20–25, 2021
  • Design Explorations // Rising 9th – 12th grades  
    • July 11–16, 2021
  • Design Immersions // Rising 11th and 12th grades
    • June 14–15, 2021 // Early Summer Orientation for Registrants
    • July 25–30, 2021 // Design Fundamentals Week
    • August 8–13, 2021 // Studio Project Week

*additional training dates required. Training requirements differ depending on each position. Please see the application materials for more information.

Design Camp Counselors and TAs:


While all Digital Design Camp staff have a strong impact on the lives of our campers (and future designers!), counselors have the unique opportunity to inspire students by working with them around the clock in different scenarios and on different projects, as well as helping them make connections between personal experience and the path towards becoming designers. 

Design Camp spelled out in drawing

Counselors are responsible for online supervision of their group of campers at all times and assist with studio activities, recreation, and presentations. Counselors work with instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) to help facilitate learning during each online studio project, and are required to present a portfolio piece of their own to campers. In addition, Counselors work with fellow camp staff to prep, organize, and lead camper’s in-group activities.

Counselors must maintain a positive, professional, and encouraging relationship with campers and fellow staff taking an active role in the online studio environment.

Digital Design Camp counselors are expected to be available during all active hours of the online camp, and may choose to work remotely or from the NC State campus.

Teaching Assistants

Teaching Assistants (TA’s) are assigned to a specific online studio. TA’s assist camp instructors with studio instruction, project critiques, and general online studio management. In addition, TA’s will fulfill similar work duties as described above for camp counselors. 

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TA’s work directly with campers, helping them learn and practice using design skills, techniques and ways of thinking relevant to the project or focus of the project.

TAs will assist instructors with online studio prep and assist with online studio management. TAs are required to be available and to participate in the Prep Day preceding program start dates. In addition, Digital Design Camp TAs are expected to be available during all active hours of the online camp, and may choose to work remotely or from the NC State campus (College of Design location TBD). TAs will work directly with campers, helping them learn and practice using design skills, techniques and ways of thinking relevant to the project or focus of the project.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in or curious about teaching, leadership, or project management.

College of Design Students and recent graduates are eligible for counselor and TA positions.

Those interested in Counselor or TA positions must attend one of the mandatory information sessions to apply:

  • February 24, 2021 | 6:30 pm | Zoom Meeting
  • February 25, 2021 | 6:30 pm | Zoom Meeting
    • Link to Zoom Meetings will be sent through the College of Design’s undergraduate and graduate student listserv.

Design Camp Instructor – Summer 2021

Application Open Now – February 26, 2021

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For more information and to apply:

Digital Design Camp is a multi-discipline pre-college design program organized by the NC State Design Lab for high school and middle school students. Digital Design Camp aims to inform students about the study of design and raise awareness of the impact of design on all aspects of our everyday lives. The design thinking skills and creative experience gained can empower students on their path toward becoming innovative problem solvers and prepare them to tackle the challenges of the future.

Having operated for over a quarter of a century, the Design Camp at NC State College of Design has provided the spark and fuel of inspiration for thousands of aspiring designers, including some who have gone on to national and international success in their field. Design Camp changes the lives of not only its campers but has proved to be a wonderful, life changing experience for hundreds of College of Design faculty, staff and students who have worked for the program over the years. 

In the wake of COVID-19, Design Camp 2021 is going digital and will be held remotely. Instructors may choose to work remotely, or from the NC State campus.

Digital Design Camp students work with camp instructors and teaching assistants on projects involving disciplines offered at the college: architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, art + design, and graphic design. 

Instructors develop studio projects in response to a different theme each year, challenging students to explore their creativity and critical-thinking skills, while pushing them to try a range of techniques and media. Instructors are responsible for teaching campers in one online studio for one or more weeks of camp. Candidates may be hired to teach Design Foundations (Rising 6th-8th grades), Design Explorations (Rising 9th – 12th grades), or Design Immersions (Rising 11th and 12th grades). In addition to online studio projects, students will attend special presentations and participate in creative group challenges, hosted by Design Lab staff.