Current Job Openings


Summer Thornton Design offers internship opportunities for the best & brightest on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Several members of our team started as interns and were given the opportunity to join the team at the end of their internship. Also individuals considering career industry changes are possible candidates for an intern position. Interns can and have worked across a variety of functions including with our Design team, with our Project Management & Expediting team, or assisting with Business Operations (or across several different functions).

Intern – Examples of Intern Responsibilities:

  • Office organization & tidying
  • Maintaining resource materials library
  • Pick-up & return product purchases & samples
  • Presentation materials prep
  • Research interior design products
  • Contact vendors for pricing & product
  • If knowledgeable in AutoCad, Create 2D CAD elevations & floor plans
  • Creating Proposals for client meetings
  • Marketing support
  • Other tasks to help designers, project managers, architectural partners, and clients

Intern – Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Valid driver’s license & vehicle (& be comfortable driving in Chicago)
  • 2D AUTOCAD skills preferred but not required
  • Strong teamwork skills a necessity
  • Interior Design or Architecture degree preferred but not required (must be at least a Junior in college, though most interns have completed their undergraduate studies)
  • Studio Webware experience a plus but not mandatory



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Designer – Boutique Hospitality

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Independently manage & oversee large-scale, long-term high-end design projects from concept through installation
  • Present & sell design concepts and plans to clients independently &/or in collaboration with Principal
  • Develop comprehensive design plans across both architecture & interior design including FF&E sourcing, floorplans, elevations, etc with limited supervision
  • Oversee (or personally produce) the development of construction drawing sets, schedules, project timelines, etc
  • Manage & supervise junior design staff and delegation of tasks, as appropriate
  • Maintain strong relationships and communication with clients and vendors, driving project progress
  • Interpret and help bring-to-life the Principal’s design vision for clients
  • Design custom furniture, cabinetry, textiles and more to achieve the design vision
  • Coordinate construction with general contractors & tradespeoples
  • May require up to 15% travel out-of-state
  • Seamlessly transition orders and contractor-management to Project Management group at firm where appropriate

Key Qualifications & Skills:

  • Minimum of 6 years (prefer 10+ years) professional experience in related field and extensive prior experience with boutique hospitality projects
  • Bachelors (or Masters) degree in Interior Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, or related field
  • Impeccable design taste and alignment with Principal’s design style and philosophies
  • Strong 2D AUTOCAD skills. Rendering, hand-sketching, watercolor, and 3D skills a plus but not required
  • Strong knowledge of shopping resources, vendors, & skilled tradespeople
  • Ability to problem-solve, try new things, and seek solutions with limited supervisor direction
  • Proactive self-starter – shows both initiative and detailed follow-through/completion
  • Valid driver’s license & transportation (& must be comfortable driving in Chicago)
  • Strong attention to detail & strong organizational skills
  • Studio Webware experience a plus
  • Positive and fun, team player, utmost integrity, honesty, & no-drama/ego attitude a necessity


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