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Volunteer for Herman Miller at Neocon next week!

Herman Miller is featuring some of their products in the South Lobby of the Merchandise Mart during Neocon and they need volunteers to help represent Herman Miller, pass out postcards and help field questions coming in.

They will need 2 volunteers for the following time slots:

Monday, June 13
8:00AM – 1:00PM
12:30PM – 5:30PM

Tuesday, June 14
8:00AM – 1:00PM
12:30PM – 5:30PM

Wednesday, June 15
8:00AM – 1:00PM
12:30PM – 5:30PM

The required dress code will be fairly informal. Nice jeans with a black t-shirt.


If you are interested in working one or more of the shifts, please contact Crystal Etem at


Volunteer for the 2011 Designs For Dignity Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards is the biggest fundraiser that Designs for Dignity holds each year. If you are unfamiliar with Designs for Dignity, you can check them out at Currently, the Volunteer Committee is actively looking for volunteers for this year’s event. The event is always fun and there are always a ton of people in the industry in attendance.

Following are some details on this year’s event:

  • Date -Thursday, May 5, 2011
  • Time -1:30 PM – 9:30 PM (see additional note below regarding volunteer times)
  • Location-Yates Gallery, Chicago Cultural Center – 77 W. Washington

Because they are requesting assistance throughout the entire event, your admittance to the event will be free. (It is normally $100+ dollars.) Also, D4D has arranged for additional help with the setup and post-event cleanup, so they don’t anticipate as much work for these portions of the afternoon/evening.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Margaret Grady at  The number of spots available is limited to FIVE, so the first FIVE people to email me will be able to attend this swanky and fun event.

John Robert Wiltgen is hiring a PAID intern



Mission: Contribute organizational skills and an analytical approach to computer drawings and imaging, design ideas and material selections, client files/paperwork and general office assistance for John Robert Wiltgen Design.


Performance Measures:

  1. Maintain Client files and office resources.
  2. Select materials, fabrics, furniture, and furnishings for any given project. Make trips to the Merchandise Mart and other sources of supply to obtain tear sheets, samples, and written quotes from John Robert Wiltgen Design, Inc. vendors.
  3. Communicate with Contractors/Vendors to obtain samples, photos, quotes, etc. All conversations to be followed up in writing.
  4. Meet with local sales representatives to update our materials library or request samples for current JRWD projects.
  5. Obtain measurements in the field required to prepare architectural drawings, noting all existing conditions such as windows; doors; electrical switches and receptacles; HVAC ducts, vents, trims; structural columns; finish flooring materials; built-in cabinetry; etc.

6.       Meet with Contractors in the field to follow up on work in progress. Determine if work is being done to our design specifications, schedule and standards of excellence. Observe and oversee the installation of any given project.

position requirements:

·         Treat any and all Clients and/or Vendors with respect and courtesy.  Have good verbal and written communication skills and a professional demeanor.

·         AutoCAD and Photoshop skills required

·         Maintain good time management skills and meet project deadlines

·         Maintain a daily record of the manner in which your time is used including the name of the client, project, type of work services, conversations with JRW, the Client and/or Vendor, etc.  Daily record shall be turned into JRW.


Nature and scope:

·         The Intern reports directly to JRW and/or the Office Manager.


To apply, email your resume and a cover letter to Daniela Guini at

Simeone Dreary is seeking interns for the summer semester

Simeone Deary Design Group seeks Design Assistant Intern!
Located on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Gold Coast, Simeone Deary Design Group is a small women’s owned business that develops timeless environments and concepts for the hospitality industry including hotels, spas and restaurants, as well as high‐end residential clients throughout the United States and abroad.
Simeone Deary Design Group’s philosophy rests solely on the belief that there is no substitute for great design. Uncompromised artistry is the core mission of the firm and although the mediums may differ, adherence to developing a conceptual vision for each project serves as a driving force in everything they create. This focus on conceptual design, coupled with a genuine dedication to the client is what sets Simeone Deary apart from other firms.

Job Description
We are seeking an enthusiastic, creative, computer‐savvy Interior Design Assistant/Intern. The internship will provide a motivated design student an opportunity to gain creative and technical experience in the field of interior design. The intern will be exposed to a variety of interior design experiences including furniture/finish selection and specification, interior drawings and interior renderings by working closely with Interior Designers on design projects.
Our internship includes a dedicated intern management team to provide direction and guidance; challenging and exciting projects and work assignments; social activities to build intern community and professional development; and the opportunity to experience our everyday life at Simeone Deary Design Group.

SDDG does not pay relocation fees or provide a living stipend.

Duties and Responsibilities
•Develop and maintain interiors library, file incoming product literature and update price lists.
•Schedule and meet with vendors and suppliers.
•Assist in developing construction documents, writing specifications and preparing final designs and specifications within budgetary restrictions.
•Assist in the development of finish schedules as needed.
•Assist with design reselections and present options to designer.
•Assist with collecting and organizing data, specifications, pricing, presentation materials and other documentation.
•Collaborate with other disciplines and interface with Design Team.
•Perform necessary 2D rendering work for presentations.
•Perform necessary CAD drafting work for projects.

•Knowledge of AutoCAD 2009 or later, Photoshop/InDesign CS4 or later and Microsoft Office.
•Must be pursuing a degree in Architecture/Interior Design.
•Internship or Interior Design work experience preferred.
•Ability to self motivate for individual and team results .
•Strong organizational and time‐management skills, ability to prioritize workload and manage multiple tasks while adhering to deadlines.
•Strong interpersonal and creative problem solving skills in interactions with associates. Capable of dealing constructively with diverse personalities.
•Demonstrated attention to detail.
•Good communication and customer service skills.

If you are interested in applying, please email a resume and work sample to by Friday, February 11, 2011. You may address your cover letter to Dear Hiring Manager

Call for Volunteers for The 1st Annual Mart Madness!

Volunteers are needed for the 1st Annual Mart Madness event held at the Merchandise Mart on March 24th.  There are 3 volunteering time slots available and a limited number of spaces for each.

1st shift: 12:00pm – 4:00pm  Set up and event preparation

2nd shift:  3:00pm – 7:30pm        Registration, coat check, wayfinding, event kickoff, and food cart

3rd shift:  7:00pm – 11:00 pm  Showroom assistance, wayfinding, food cart, gift box gamble, after party, clean up

You must arrive and check in for your shift 15 minutes prior to its start time.  Please wear black or khaki pants with comfortable shoes, and come ready to work.  Also, please wear a watch for volunteering to coordinate shift and task rotations.  Volunteers will be provided a t-shirt at the event.

Note: All volunteers will be required to attend an orientation meeting on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:00 – 7:30pm at the Merchandise Mart.

If you are interested, please e-mail to for a sign-up sheet by Friday, March 4, 2010.

Merchandise Mart 6th Annual Holiday Internship Program

MMPI is proud to announce our Sixth Annual Holiday Internship Program!  This program is targeted at college-age students who are home for the holidays. If you know anyone interested in a five-day internship January 3 7, 2011, please inform them of this wonderful opportunity.


This internship is a terrific chance for students to add credibility to their resume as well as to gain valuable, unique experience about working at the Merchandise Mart.


Below are details of the program:


Who:  College students in Chicago for Winter Break
What:  A five-day internship with MMPI.
Where:  MMPI Corporate Office in downtown Chicago
When:  Monday, January 3 through Friday, January 7, 2011 (9:00AM 5:00PM)
Duties: Individually-tailored internships will be developed for singular projects in leasing, sales, research, marketing, community affairs, and tradeshow sales.


How to apply:


Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
Send educational history and resume / job experiences.
Write one paragraph explaining why you would want to intern at the Merchandise Mart.
Resumes/Educational History must be submitted online at , faxed to: 312-527-7905, or mailed to: Holiday Internship Program, Erin Campbell, HR Department, Suite 470, The Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL 60654.
A limited number of opportunities are available.  Applicants will be contacted for a phone interview in December.
The deadline to submit resumes is Friday, December 17, 2010.