Fundamentally, PUP is an urban design do-tank that is particularly interested in salvaging and repurposing resources pulled directly from the city. This work, both at the product and project levels, is about developing and promoting Indianapolis as an engaged, accessible, and innovative community.

The STUDIO ASSISTANT will work directly with the Director of Design + Fabrication (DDF), focusing specifically on preparing PUP resources, materials, and products for manufacturing and distribution. We work primarily with salvaged fabrics including architectural membranes, vinyls, and seat belts.

This position is part time, 18-24 hours per week on a regular schedule, paid at $14/hour without benefits. There is potential for this role to expand to a full-time, salaried position.

This position requires attention to detail, a desire to work with salvaged materials, and a head-down attitude to work quickly, efficiently, and independently. Over the past several years, PUP has developed a streamlined product-assembly process, but we’re always looking for ways to improve. We expect and welcome the Studio Assistant to jump in and help make these recommendations and improvements.



1. Product Prep

Major Tasks:

  • Hand cut material patterns and prep product batches for designers. This is the largest and most important part of this job.

  • Clean fabric, both by hand and in our washing machine.

Minor Tasks:

  • Periodically organize and salvage seat belts from our junkyard vendor.

  • Assist the DDF with ordering laser cut pieces, hardware, and expendables.

  • Tag completed products and apparel.

2. Studio + Storage

Major Tasks:

  • Organize and manage the inventory of unprocessed resources in storage area.

  • Help clean and organize the studio and storage area.

Minor Tasks:

  • Pickups and deliveries of resources, products, and apparel.

  • Assist the DDF with filling orders, shipping, and event prep.

  • Periodically take an inventory of our product.

3. Outreach & Volunteerism

Major Tasks:

  • Coordinate and manage PUP volunteers and volunteer days, including occasional Saturdays.

Minor Tasks:

  • Give occasional PUP studio tours to scheduled groups/visitors.



PUP is a small team that operates in an open studio environment. The atmosphere is casual, collaborative, and focused, so it’s important that the Studio Assistant is equal parts maker and self-starter. We’re looking for a creative-type, who likes working with his/her hands, who takes direction well, and who knows how to take initiative.


Please send a resume and cover letter to our Director of Design & Fabrication, Jessica Bricker, at The cover letter should be brief, and should reflect why you’re interested in joining PUP’s team, what you like about Indianapolis, and how this role fits with your career goals.

PUP’s work can be viewed at

Selected candidates will be interviewed in person, and given a small task to help us determine his/her craft, precision, and ability to follow directions.