Design Hive is a paid, youth-led initiative at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. High school juniors and seniors dive deep into design objects and processes to develop their own collaborative projects. Along the way, they will learn how designers move from an initial idea to final design! 

The program begins on Thursday, November 17th and ends on Thursday, May 25th. Students selected for Design Hive will receive a stipend of $2,000 for their participation, paid in two $1,000 payments throughout the program. 

Design Hive takes place on Thursdays from 4:30-6:30. Students must be based in the NYC area to apply. Participants must attend weekly program dates and be available to meet virtually or at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st St, New York, NY 10128). 

Interested in applying? We will tell you more at this brief information session. Educators and prospective students welcome! 


  • Hear from former Design Hive students about their experience and learn about a typical session or workshop. 
  • Learn how to apply via SOLAA 
  • Q + A 


  • Location: This program will take place virtually, via Zoom webinar. The program will be recorded for future reference.  
  • What to Expect: A 1-hour information session on Cooper Hewitt’s Design Hive program, which will include interactive Q + A. 
  • Accommodations: This program will include live captioning. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible. 

Design Hive is made possible with major support from Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, and The Pinkerton Foundation. Generous support is also provided by Adobe and The Hirsch Family Foundation.