Kounkuey Design Initiative,

Design Intern (Paid)

1 month ago
Employment type
Los Angeles
Closing date

About this organization

Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI) is a collective of diverse urbanists—architects, landscape architects, urban planners, community organizers, and engineers— united by our shared commitment to building equity, justice, and resilience in communities through design. A BIPOC- and woman-led firm founded in 2006, KDI comprises nearly 50 professionals working from four offices: Los Angeles, Eastern Coachella Valley, Nairobi, and Stockholm.

About this job

KDI is currently seeking a paid Design Intern to add to our growing team in Los Angeles, CA. This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly-motivated and creative self-starter to work directly with under-resourced communities throughout Southern California on community-driven projects. The position is in person in our Downtown Los Angeles studio; there may also be opportunities to accompany staff to projects throughout the Los Angeles region, the Eastern Coachella Valley, and other areas in the United States.

Roles & responsibilities

The Design Intern will support project managers on design, research, build and community organizing projects and campaigns to transform vacant land, create new parks, design affordable housing campuses, and improve transportation infrastructure. The Design Intern will also assist in the development of new projects addressing homelessness, schoolyards, climate change, and other topics.

The Design Intern will be expected to work in person 16 hours/wk, Monday - Thursday. This is a paid internship. Pay may be increased if the student has a federal work study award.


- Undergraduate or graduate-level coursework in Landscape Architecture or related field

- Strong commitment to social justice

- Excellent writing and analytical abilities

- Strong knowledge of AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and Rhino

- Fabrication or graphic design experience a plus

- Spanish language skills a plus

To apply

Send electronic copy of cover letter, work samples or portfolio, and resume to: LAJobs@kounkuey.org.

Subject heading: Design Intern, Fall 2022: Your Name

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status or medical condition. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

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