We engage the community in decision-making and help teach the value and benefits of urban planning and design.

Internships & Mentoring

We take pride in helping develop the next generation of urban planning and design professionals.

We routinely offer hands-on paid co-op and internship opportunities to university students studying in the field. We enjoy the opportunity to serve as mentors to college-age planning and design professionals in the region. If you are interested in an internship with TDC contact us today!

“My internship with the Toledo Design Collective (TDC) taught me valuable planning, communication and networking skills that were an important part of my education and professional development."

"TDC has a passionate and experienced Board that utilizes its interns to create redevelopment plans for neighborhoods. I was able to leverage the Board’s guidance and my skillsets at the time to create a proposal for a multi-purpose trail, known as the Maumee River Trail (MRT). The MRT plan proposes a connection between Toledo’s historic neighborhoods and its richest cultural assets utilizing the riverfront between Point Place and South Toledo. Several parts of the MRT have been constructed and are in place today. My internship with the TDC gave me real-world experience and the ability to create something that was valuable for our community. During the process, I was able to network and establish relationships that I continue to foster and benefit from today.”

Brandon Sehlhorst | Director of Economic Development, City of Toledo
2012 TDC Intern

Intern Alumni

To date, the TDC has helped launch the careers of more than 40 individuals.

  • Andrew Eble, Cincinnati, 2023
  • Natalie Kunes, Cincinnati, 2023
  • MacKenzie Eberhart, Cincinnati, 2022
  • Noah Stern, Cincinnati, 2022
  • Jefferson Le, Cincinnati, 2021
  • Anna Stanley, Cincinnati, 2021
  • Sean Stewart, Toledo, 2021
  • Anthony Gustely, Cincinnati, 2020 - 21
  • Max Merritt, Cincinnati, 2020
  • Guillermo Pacheco, Bowling Green, 2020
  • Richard Michael Pieper, Bowling Green, 2020
  • Elizabeth Moore, Cincinnati, 2020
  • Joao Pedro Escher, Toledo, 2020
  • Drew Demarsh, Cincinnati, 2019
  • Xu Zhu, Cincinnati, 2019
  • Lisa Karcher, Ball State, 2018
  • Elizabeth Ellis (AmeriCorps), Kent State, 2017-19
  • MacGregor Driscoll, Cleveland State, 2017
  • Nazia Tarannum, Miami, 2017
  • Jason Werner, Cincinnati, 2017
  • Jeremy Mizak, Detroit Mercy, 2016-17
  • Nick Carlson, Miami, 2016
  • Sofie Vermeusm, Miami, 2016
  • Sarah Yeo, Miami, 2016
  • Vincent Gregory, Miami, 2015
  • Lauren Mitro, Miami, 2015
  • Kelsey Krysp, Bowling Green, 2014-15
  • Stefany Risner, Bowling Green, 2014-15
  • Emily Donnell, Miami, 2014
  • Royce Gates, Miami, 2014
  • Alexis Zapata, Kent State, 2014
  • Stacy Kotula, Miami, 2013
  • Jennifer Van Horn, Miami, 2013
  • Steven Hallock, Bowling Green, 2012-13
  • Anna Barchich-Suter, Cincinnati, 2012
  • Abby Beham, Miami, 2012
  • Taron Cunningham, Wayne State, 2012
  • Victor Maier, Bowling Green, 2012
  • Brandon Sehlhorst, Cincinnati, 2012
  • Ryne Sundvold, Toledo, 2012
  • Nick Irmin, Miami, 2010
  • Rachel Momenee, Miami, 2010
  • Nicole Kaptur-Zacharyasz, Kent State, 2009

Experiential Learning

Education is a primary focus of the Toledo Design Collective. Our Internship Program provides opportunities to architecture and planning students for hands-on learning and employment throughout the year. In addition, the TDC engages high school, college students and the greater community with planning awareness programs.

Benefits of a TDC Internship
  • Gain hands-on experience before graduation
  • Get involved in Toledo's professional design community
  • Take an active role in planning and design projects
  • Learn from professionals with decades of field experience
  • Engage the greater Toledo community in design workshops
  • Identify planning and design challenges and propose sustainable solutions
  • Present creative solutions in professional settings
  • Educate and advocate diverse audiences on the value of planning and design