Modelmaking Internship – for Registered Students

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Modelmaking Internship – for Registered Students

We are looking for an intern to join our Modelroom team in Amsterdam!


As an international design firm, UNStudio is active across the broadest fields of architecture and design. Our project portfolio covers every aspect of architecture and every typology, ranging from small to large-scale projects, research and theory. The atmosphere within our offices in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Shanghai, and Hong Kong is international, multidisciplinary and ambitious, but also open, non-hierarchical, team-based and friendly, with attention to personal well-being, knowledge development and career planning.

For our office in Amsterdam, we are looking for a model making intern (FTE) who is a registered student to support & inspire our Model Team. Our Team builds on the design process, by translating 3D concepts to physical scale models. The model internship is for a period of six months to a year, and available only for registered students.


  • Interest in design & fabrication
  • A strong perception of 3D space and sense of scale
  • Ability to work with a wide array of materials from wood to plastics
  • Proficiency in both 2D & 3D software packages is a plus
  • Independently work with a diversity of machine & hand tools
  • Ability to keep deadlines & work in a team.
  • English speaking is a must

Software used:
Rhino 3D is the primarily software used by our designers, and also AutoCad. The Model Team have some specialized programs like Magics specifically geared to the 3D print process. Experience in similar packages is a plus. Where necessary training for the relative programs will be made available.

Tools used:
We use 3D Printers with different technologies – Binding (powder), SLA (resin), & FDM (filament). While printing is an important part of the process, laser cutting is an essential part of our building process. The materials used are varied, and do still include some plastics. The current emphasis has been the re-introduction of sustainable materials, like wood, card, cork and paper, and here a certain proficiency in handwork is beneficial. For this purpose our work space has a number of power tools & hand tools. Creativity, and thinking out-of-the box, is greatly encouraged in the model space. Simultaneously there is a need for discipline in maintaining a safe working environment.

Presentation, Archiving and Documentation:
Our projects are all photographed and documented by the Model Team. We have a physical archive and exhibition space on KNSM Island in Amsterdam. Researching and repairing old projects is carried out there.

What we offer:
A challenging & creative position in an independent young and international working environment. The position offers an opportunity to grow, and make a significant contribution to the continued success of our designs.

When you work at UNStudio

  • You have the opportunity to work on high profile, challenging global projects
  • You are part of a creative, fresh, professional and academic working environment
  • The city centre of Amsterdam is on your doorstep: one of the world's most beautiful cities
  • Research is an integrated and valued part of your daily work
  • You have the opportunity to initiate and develop research projects with external companies and institutions
  • Your experience is highly valued, but your innovative and entrepreneurial attitude is ranked highest
  • You work in a young international team that is highly ambitious, collegial and social, made up of recently graduated architects, experienced senior architects and everything in-between
  • You design through discovery, and learn on the job
  • You get as much creative freedom as you are willing to take
  • You find yourself in a responsible position as soon as you are ready
  • Friday Afternoon Drinks are always waiting for you
  • Our annual Summer and Winter Events have become legendary

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