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Design Internship

Define your journey. Design your path.

Previous interns present at Hanson Dodge

Designing your path through MIAD’s high school Design Internship program is more than just introducing students to careers in design.  It is about a series of opportunities that lead to something more.  Developed to create pathways for high school students into creative careers, the Design Internship at MIAD is a free, year-long program for motivated high school students interested in design as a career option.

Structured around accessibility and repeat contact, students learn foundational skills in various design workshops from MIAD faculty and are immersed in a two-week, paid internship at one of five professional partners collaborating with MIAD to explore hands-on projects and gain industry experience. With tuition-free access to MIAD’s Summer and Weekend Pre-College courses, interns may select from a variety of courses that range from introductory to advanced, investigative explorations.  Fall and Spring mentorship opportunities provide additional access to be a part of the MIAD community and experience Wisconsin’s premiere art and design school, and gain the tools necessary to begin to design a path from high school to college to career.

Learn more about the program and our professional partners for 2022-2023:


The yearlong Design Internship Program includes:

  • A program orientation on April 30, 2022 at MIAD
  • An afterschool project at MIAD with MIAD faculty in May 2022
  • A two-week paid internship in summer 2022
  • Free tuition to MIAD’s Pre-College programs during July 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023
  • Mentorship with MIAD students and/or alumni
  • An end of program celebration in April 2023

The program began in response to the Greater Equity 2030 challenge, an initiative which recognizes a lack of diversity in Milwaukee’s creative industries.  As a shared interest among all partners, special consideration will be given to BIPOC students in support of increasing diversity in Milwaukee’s creative workforce.

The application period for the 2022-2023 Design Internship program is now closed. Applications will be accepted October 1, 2022-February 1, 2023 for the 2023-2024 Design Internship program.




May 15, 2022
Summer Pre-College Final Payment Deadline
Pay online

July 10, 2022
Summer 2022 Pre-College Orientation and Residence Hall Move-In

July 11–22, 2022
Core Studio Concepts Program

July 11–29, 2022
Advanced Studio Concepts Program

July 23, 2022
Core Studio Concepts Final Exhibition and Residence Hall Move-Out

July 30, 2022
Advanced Studio Concepts Final Exhibition and Residence Hall Move-Out