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!
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
To date, the TDC has helped launch the careers of more than 35 individuals.
- MacKenzie Eberhart, Cincinnati, 2022
- Jefferson Le, Cincinnati, 2021
- Anna Stanley, Cincinnati, 2021
- Anthony Gustely, Cincinnati, 2020, 2021
- 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
“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). 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
"My internship at the Toledo Design Collective allowed me to invest in a community that I did not grow up in and see the real impact that long term urban planning can have in neighborhoods."
"I am now the VP of Construction and Planning at the Toledo Zoo—a job I never knew existed prior to moving to Toledo, in a city that I did not have on my radar prior to my internship. TDC gives young professionals opportunities to make an impact that's larger than themselves, draws people to and back to northwest Ohio, and gives them the skills to run large charrettes, make presentations and produce work that communicates complex ideas in simple forms. Continuing to support the TDC as a board member has given me more opportunities to connect to neighborhoods and partners in the Old South End, Central business district, the Vistula neighborhood and Toledo as a whole."
Jennifer Van Horn | Vice President, Construction and Planning, Toledo Zoo | 2013 TDC Intern