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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 Allie Vick. Thank you for your interest in working with us!

Design Camp Instructors

Note: All first-time instructors must attend an information session on either January 14 or 15 in Brooks 212A at 6 PM.

The NC State University Design Lab for K-12 Education is seeking talented designers to join our teaching staff for Design Camp 2019! Instructors will develop and teach one or more studio sessions over the course of the summer for groups of middle school or high school students. Instructors embody the teaching philosophy of the College of Design and it’s departments. Teaching at Design Camp is a great way to gain paid teaching experience in a creative and fun-filled environment while helping to prepare the next generation of designers.

For more details please see the Instructor Handout.

About the Position

• Training on pedagogy, project development, classroom management, adolescent development, camper safety, and cultural awareness as well as a mini-practicum experience is provided and required for new hires.

• A Teaching Assistant (TA) is provided for studio preparation and teaching assistance.

• Teaching multiple weeks of camp strongly preferred. Bonuses provided for those working the full summer.

• Work schedules vary by camp. A typical work day is 8:30am-5:30pm.

• Lunch is provided during camp weeks.

• Possible co-teaching arrangements may be made for graduate students.

• Competitive compensation, $1000 – $1200 per week, contingent upon experience.


• College of Design graduate students, faculty and alumni, and design professionals are eligible to apply

• Some teaching experience or experience working with middle school or high school

• Some teaching experience or experience working with middle school or high school students preferred

• Must be able to lift and carry 10-30 lbs, general physical mobility may be required

• All candidates chosen for staff positions at Design Camp are required to pass a criminal background check and provide 3 professional references

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Design Camp Counselor/TA

All candidates for the Counselor and TA positions are required to attend an information session February 4 or February 5, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 in the Design Lab Classroom (Brooks 212-A). After attending an information session you will be emailed a link to the application.

Primary Purpose of Position
Counselors: While all 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.

Counselors are responsible for 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 project, and are required to present a portfolio piece of their own to campers.

In addition, Counselors work with fellow camp staff to prep and clean up camp facilities, 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 studio environment. Residential Design Camp counselors are expected to be available 24/7 during the week of Design Camp and will live in assigned dorms to cover supervision.

Teaching Assistants (TA’s) are assigned to a specific studio. TA’s assist camp instructors with studio instruction, project critiques, general studio management, and help make the transition to each studio project as smooth as possible.

TAs keep tabs on project supplies during camp and are required to assist their assigned instructor(s) with camp prep the day before campers arrive.

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. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in or curious about teaching

Work Schedule: Varies according to camp sessions.
Design Camp Sessions
Middle School Day Camp – Session A
July 22-July 26

Middle School Day Camp – Session B
July 29- August 2

High School Day Camp – Session A
July 22-July 26

High School Day Camp – Session B<
July 22- July 26

High School Residential Camp – Session A
June 23- June 29

High School Residential Camp – Session B
July 7-July 13

Minimum Experience/Education: Must be an NC State College of Design undergraduate or graduate student

Department Required Skills:
All candidates for the Counselor and TA positions are required to attend an information session February 4 or February 5, 2019, from 6:00-7:00 in the Design Lab Classroom (Brooks 212-A)
All candidates must complete a Creative Application, please refer to the Counselor and TA information sheet provided at the mandatory information session.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education: Students who are sophomores or upperclassmen during the 2018-2019 school year preferred

Candidates selected for the Counselor positions are required to attend an overnight training retreat June 13 and June 14 . Counselors will be required to stay in the dorms for this training session.

Candidates selected for TA positions are required to attend planning and preparation sessions prior to camp. There will be a few training sessions in the Spring that TA’s will be required to attend along with instructors.

All employees are required to attend Camp Prep Day (the day before campers arrive) for each of their weeks of camp. Failure to attend training and Prep Day will result in dismissal from employment.

High School Residential Camp Counselors $1,100
High School Residential TAs $650 (work during the day only)
High School Day Camp Counselors $700
High School Day Camp TAs $580
Middle School Day Camp Counselors $700

Meals and Housing: Meals (lunch only for day camps and TAs working High School Residential camps; all meals for residential counselors) and housing (for residential counselors during camp only) are provided during camp.

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