Communication Design Intern

In a nutshell:

IDEO Cambridge is in search of a Communication Design Intern who will work collaboratively, creatively, and flexibly within interdisciplinary teams and with our clients, exploring and defining design opportunities, helping to define strategy, creating tangible design expressions, and communicating the essence of these ideas.  

Why is this role important for IDEO’s work?

Design Interns make the biggest impact with their prototyping and visualization skills.  Their skillset is critical to the diversity of our thought and approach, resulting in breakthrough ideas that lead to innovative outcomes.  We count on them to listen, observe, brainstorm and iterate with a group of people with backgrounds very different than theirs.

Once here you will:

  • Go out in the field to build empathy for users' needs first-hand through things like watching a surgical procedure, exploring the house of a hoarder, or flying a flight simulator
  • Debrief and discuss user feedback with cross-disciplinary teams in order to synthesize research into meaningful design iterations
  • Work with a diverse set of stakeholders (coworkers, clients and mentors) to communicate complex concepts and complete projects
  • Share techniques and approaches with other designers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines.

What does IDEO offer you?

IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients or the organization, alongside thoughtful, intelligent individuals who lead with curiosity, empathy, and optimism. Sure we work hard, but we also intentionally craft moments that allow our community to pause, create, and connect. We encourage our community to bring their whole selves to work, respect the need for work-life balance, and allow for autonomy in the design process and your career.

As a Design Intern in Cambridge, we provide the opportunity for you to:

  • Bring your own unique style and visual voice to each design challenge we work on
  • Become part of a culture that lets you both learn and teach while working with people outside of your immediate area of expertise.
  • Be challenged to think more holistically.

Relevant experience and mindset:

  • Be passionate about graphic and communication design
  • Demonstrate a clear point-of-view relating to your design
  • Be self-directed toward excellent work outcomes
  • Demonstrate a strong portfolio of work (either professional or student work)

Question about you:

If you could redesign any object or experience: what would it be, why should it be redesigned, how might you make it better, what would be your design approach?

Application requirements and instructions:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, an answer to the above question and relevant work samples.  When submitting your work samples/portfolio, please indicate your specific role(s) and contributions for each project presented Please note that we are only considering students who are in the midst of their education or who will be returning to school following the internship. This summer internship will last 3-6 months.

Equal Opportunity Employer

IDEO is an equal opportunity employer; applicants are considered for all roles without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, marital, parental, veteran or military status, unfavorable military discharge, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.