Design Trust Fellows are top professionals from the private-sector who lead the research, design and planning work for our projects. The exact role and expertise is based on the nature of the project – in the past we've worked with journalists, transportation experts, urban planners, water resource engineers, filmmakers, public policy experts, information designers, architects, photographers, public health experts, and graphic designers.

We're now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program. Deadline to apply: March 20, 2017. See the application guidelines.

Getting a Design Trust Fellowship is like getting the New York version of the Rome Prize – it provides an opportunity to investigate something in depth with support and resources from a nonprofit and city agencies.

Nina Rappaport, Design Trust Fellow , 2008

Interested in becoming a fellow?

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Thank you!


The Design Trust believes that public/private partnerships are the most effective way to advance the quality of our public realm. We will not undertake a project unless the city agency or community group best situated to implement the designs and plans we develop is involved from the very beginning. For that reason, every Design Trust project is conducted in full partnership with the organization that proposed the project idea to us. 

Do you want more information about partnering with us?

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Occasionally we need more hands to help us do our work. From installing public exhibits to leading tours to staffing one of our events, we cannot do our work without dedicated volunteers who believe in our mission. 

If you are interested in volunteering some of your time and expertise to help us fulfill our mission, we would love to hear from you! 

Interested in volunteering?

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Employment & Internships At the Design Trust

Development Assistant

Deadline to apply: April 3, 2017 

The Design Trust for Public Space seeks an enthusiastic and energetic Development Assistant to support the organization’s fundraising program. The Development Assistant will work closely with the Development Manager and the rest of the staff to maintain and expand diverse funding sources to support the Design Trust’s projects and general operations.

The Development Assistant will be a talented individual who plays an integral role in increasing revenue for and capacity of the organization. S/he must share our passion about public space and our mission. S/he will assist in all development activities and support important fundraising events, campaigns, correspondence, and data tracking with individual donors, foundations, and corporations. The Assistant also will work collaboratively with the Design Trust’s dedicated board, and staff of seven.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Organization and Project Support: Work with Development Manager and Director of Programs to research Foundation, Government, and Corporate prospects for project support.  Draft grant proposals and reports for project funding.
  • Gift Processing: Record incoming gifts in database, prepare monthly gift reports, and coordinate timely acknowledgements for all gifts received.
  • Data and File Management: Maintain accurate donor files. Ensure data integrity by identifying and implementing regular data cleanup projects for all donor records.
  • Event Planning: Assist in Annual Benefit planning and production. Assist with planning and execution of donor events (4 to 6 Design Trust Council events and 1 annual Founder’s Circle dinner).
  • General: Research current and prospective donors and assist with special projects as needed. Prepare and manage logistics and distribution of development mailings.

Required Background, Skills and Qualifications:

  • College degree and 1-3 years of related work experience preferred.
  • Team player and thrives in a small-office environment.
  • Proven excellent written and oral communication skills and organizational skills.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor and positive attitude essential
  • Strong computer literacy required.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, FileMaker, and Adobe Creative Suite preferred.


The Design Trust offers a competitive salary based on experience and an excellent benefits package (health, dental, vision, and 401k with an employer match). In addition, Design Trust employees receive ample vacation and sick time, enjoy a flexible work environment, and the opportunity to work with a talented team of individuals on public space projects that have a real impact on New York City’s urban environment.

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted via email only and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Due to the volume of applications, only those candidates short-listed for the first round of interviews will be notified. No phone calls or office visits please.

To apply, send the following as one complete PDF file:

  1. A cover letter explaining your qualifications for the position, with salary requirements
  2. Your resume (2 pages maximum)
  3. A writing sample (development-related)

Name your PDF file “lastname_firstname.pdf” and send your complete application to: jobs@designtrust.org with “Development Assistant Application” written in the Subject Line. 

Deadline to apply is Monday, April 3, 2017.