Welcome Students!
Welcome to the IALD International Student Internship Program.

Our goal is to facilitate the development of the next generation of lighting designers through an internship program that continues your educational development through an entry-level professional position. This program brings together IALD Student Members with some of the top independent lighting design firms globally. The mutual growth that will occur between students and employers will enhance lighting education and help to increase the opportunities for those students in the field of design and to promote the diverse opportunities associated with lighting design as a focused profession.

On your first visits to the IALD Internship Program site, please review and comply with all of the requirements for participation, located below.

IALD Non-Members: Click here to complete an IALD Membership Application

IALD Student Members: Click here to log on to the IALD Career Center

Eligibility Instructions
Application Process
Web Posting & Application Requirements
Helpful Suggestions

This search and hiring process also replicates the ""real world"" experience of applying for and undertaking that first job in the field of lighting design. We hope you find this process rewarding on all levels. To begin the process of finding an internship opportunity, just follow the following steps.

We hope that students and employers alike find professional relationships that are successful and rewarding. If you have any questions about the Internship Program, please contact IALD Membership Manager, Renee Campbell, at +1 312/527-3677. If you have questions about website related topics, please contact Marketing & Communications Manager Jennifer Jones of the IALD at +1 312/527-3677.

Students – Application Process
Note that all applicants must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and have at least an introductory level of lighting knowledge, either through coursework or previous experience.
  • Complete an IALD Membership Application if you are not already a member
  • Review opportunities posted by independent lighting design firms all over the world.
  • Do your homework: research firms, compare opportunities, determine the best fit(s) for your interests
  • Contact the firms about the positions that interest you. Be sure to make a good first impression by knowing the firm's work and history, dress and speak professionally and be respectful. If communicating by email, use proper grammar and punctuation appropriate for business communication.
  • Upload your resume, statement letter and other pertinent information that you want potential employers to know about you. Include current contact information (phone number, mailing address and email address) and any preferences you may have toward a prospective internship position. This could include anything from geographical location to the size of the firm and the type of work they do. If for some reason you are unwilling or unable to relocate, please be sure to include that in your statement. (We recommend that you be as flexible as possible to increase the opportunities available to you.)
  • Remove any online postings that might include information that you don't want a potential employer to know about you. This might include deleting or making private your MySpace/Facebook page, or editing it to remove references to what might be construed as unprofessional or unsavory behavior.  
  • Secure an internship opportunity and discover how passionate lighting designers are about their business and why lighting design is bound to be the right career path for you.
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Students - Web Posting & Application Requirements
  • Cover Sheet – to aid the prospective employers in their evaluation process please provide the following information on a coversheet to your resume as quick reference.
    • Name
    • Current address (not permanent address if it is different)
    • School you are affiliated with and anticipated graduation date
    • Beginning and ending dates you are able to work
    • Geographic region you would like to work (ex: anywhere, Denver, Colorado, northern Europe, etc)
  • Resume – Include your full name, address, phone, email and other contact information that may be pertinent. List your education background, special technical skills that might include specific types of computer software, physical model making, hand drawing, knowledge of electrical systems and past work experience in theater, other forms of direct ""hands on"" experience in the field and other professional employment.
  • Statement Letter – In a one-page narrative, briefly explain your personal background, interest in participating in the IALD internship program and future professional goals that may include working in the lighting profession. You should use this opportunity to further distinguish unique characteristics of yourself and how you might bring benefit to an employer.
  • Portfolio – This is where you should exhibit your skills and knowledge in lighting design. Be sure to represent a breadth of skills, including computer software, analytical techniques of studying light, hand drawing and computer representational skills, model construction, etc. This is a critical element that IALD members will reference when evaluating your prospective position with their firm. It is recommended that you compile portfolio documents into one or two PDF documents, as the number of documents you are allowed to upload are limited.
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Students – Helpful Suggestions
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD, Photoshop, 3D Studio, Lightscape, and/or AGI32 is strongly encouraged.
  • If you have a particular interest in an internship opportunity, students are encouraged to initiate contact with a particular firm after you have posted your materials. In addition to representing yourself as a motivated candidate, this self-directed initiative will help to secure your position in a company of interest. Remember, your internship employer this summer could be your career opportunity next spring!
  • Internships will typically occur during the summer break between spring and fall terms, but could take place during other times of the year.
  • Compensation will vary for interns depending upon conditions such as firm/student location, firm's salary structure, student's experience and skill level, and international work status.
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IALD’s Find a Lighting Designer feature includes four search options:

  • Country and Project Type can be searched using the drop-down menus.
  • To search by City, simply type in the city you are interested in. The results will first list lighting designers located in that city. The search will then list any designer that has referenced that city in their profile or project list.
  • To search by keyword, type in any word or phrase of interest (example: designer’s name, company name, project name, zip code). The search will yield any profiles that include the keyword you’ve used, or will yield no results if your keyword is not found exactly as entered.

You can use one field or a combination of fields to locate the desired lighting designer. If you are having trouble with the search, or need further assistance, please contact IALD at or by calling +1 312 527 3677.