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Lighting Design Intern


Award-winning firm, L’Observatoire International, is seeking to engage with passionate lighting design students or recent graduates for exciting internship opportunities with our NYC office. We offer paid 3-month and 6-month internships, exposures to all phases of a project, and the opportunity to directly engage with our project managers and design staff. Projects at L’Observatoire include design for renowned architects and designers, and with a wide variety of project types and scales. Internship candidates must be committed, independent workers, and willing to learn.


  • Currently pursuing (or have completed) a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in Architecture, Interior Design, Lighting Design, and Theater Design.
  • Interest in lighting design with an emphasis on architectural lighting design and daylighting
  • Eager to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Knowledge of the following software programs: AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Google Sketchup, Rhino, AGi32 and/or Dialux, Microsoft Office, Revit, and Google Slides.
  • Ability to communicate thoughts and technical ideas in an accessible manner.
  • Proficient in remote team working via online platforms that involve conference calls and work-sharing.

Performing Tasks:

  • Collaborate as well as gain guidance from design team through various design stages.
  • Work within team to create lighting design presentations, including; visualizations, 3D modeling, historical research, and lighting precedent images.
  • Utilize various software to assist in creating lighting documentation such as lighting layouts and sketches.
  • Perform lighting calculations to inform project decisions and validate concepts.
  • Create models, mock-ups and prototypes, with fixture samples to test lighting effects.
  • Other duties may include assisting design teams at meetings in the studio, on-site mock-ups, on-site lighting focusing and scene-setting. Flexibility in schedule is preferred due to the nature of site visits that may occur after dark.
  • Non-lighting design related tasks such as assisting with office administration, and fixture library organization.

Bi-weekly stipend provided – amount to be discussed during interview/offer letter.

Work Eligibility:
Interns are fully responsible for their own legal status to perform work in the United States. L’Observatoire International will gladly provide guidance and referral to the agencies that provide the services, and provide any supporting documents necessary for visa applications.


Fall/ Winter: September - December 2023 (or longer)

Winter: January - March 2024 (or longer)

Spring: March - May 2024 (or longer)

Summer: June - August 2024 (or longer)

3 or 6 months

Office Location:
For efficiency of training, Interns are required to work in person at our New York office.
120 Walker Street, 7E
New York, NY 10013
tel. 212 255 4463

Please send your Resume, a brief Cover Letter (300 words max.), and Portfolio/ Work Samples to