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Gabberts Interior Design Intern
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HOM Furniture Corporate Office | Minneapolis, MN
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Job Description

The Gabberts Intern Program provides students an opportunity to learn about residential design in a retail environment. Interns will work closely with management and designers to develop their design skills and gain experience working with clients. In addition to design skills, a large focus of the internship will be on customer focused selling. Gabberts Interns will focus mainly on residential projects but might be exposed to commercial projects, as well. This internship is a temporary position. Internships will run 12-14 weeks depending on the semester. During Spring and Fall semesters, interns will average 15-25 hours a week. In summer, interns will work approx 30 hours per week. There are a limited number of internships available each semester. Applicants will need to provide a copy of their most current transcript. This internship will require some weekend hours. This is a paid position. $11 an hour. Contact us at gabbertscareers@gabberts.com for schedule and program details or any questions.

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To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Additional Qualifications include:

* Students must have completed their intro design courses and have a basic understanding of space planning, furniture styles, and fabrics/color.
* Students should be proficient on the computer--ability to learn space planning programs, use emails, and create documents.
* Students should be fluent in the English language in both written and verbal form.
* Preference is given to students with an interest in Residential Interior Design
* Availability to travel to client sites and other Gabberts/Corporate locations.
* Strong attention to detail and accuracy while working in a multi-tasked, fast paced environment
* Strong organizational skills, ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple tasks while meeting deadlines
* Strong interpersonal and problem solving skills in interactions with associates.
* Capable of dealing constructively with diverse personalities.
* Desire and ability to participate and work in a team environment

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Design Assistant Intern is responsible for:

* Learning the current trends, concepts and elements of Interior Design through partnership of an Interior Designer.
* Learning about the vast array of products, vendors and resources (including materials and construction).
* Learning and practicing the aspects of Customer Focused Selling
* Learning how to create a portfolio and build a book of business
* Attending Gabberts floor tours, fabric showings, and vendor presentations.
* Learning how to order memo samples, develop client house call photos, coordinate pre-work meetings and presentations, assist in house call, and space planning.
* Adhering to safe lifting techniques.
* Follows proper training for learned job hazards and ergonomic risk factors, participates in departmental stretching program, and overall maintains a safe working environment.

Education and/or Experience

This applicant needs to be currently enrolled in an Interior Design program at an accredited college or university and have basic knowledge of Interior Design. In addition the applicant must meet the following criteria:

* 3.0 GPA
* Student must be in their second year of a two year program, or at least junior status at a 4 year institution

Language Skills

Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence, and memos. Ability to write correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one on one and in small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees within the organization.

Mathematical Skills

Mathematical aptitude to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply basic concepts of algebra and geometry.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand for sustained periods of time, move about on foot to accomplish tasks, use spoken word to communicate, and perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.

The employee is occasionally required to sit or remain in a stationary position for extended periods of time; use hands to handle or feel objects with either the entire hand or fingers, including typing. Reach with hands and arms in any direction, ascend and descend ladders and stairs using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Stooping by bending downward and forward by bending at the waist, kneeling or bending at the knees to come to a rest on knee or knees, crouching by bending the body downward and forward, or crawling by moving about on hands or hands and feet. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close visual acuity to perform activities such as: preparing and analyzing data or figures, transcribing, viewing a computer terminal, extensive reading, visual inspection involving small defects, and using measurement devices.

Reasoning Ability

Must be able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Need to be able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Work Environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, and can vary depending on if the employee is working in the studio or in a customers home.