Design Thinking begins with deep empathy and understanding of the needs and motivations of people. IDEO Cambridge is in search of a Design Research Intern who is passionately curious, radically inspired by people, surfaces great insights, and collaborates with design teams to create human-centered products and services.
We find that there is no one background that begets a great Design Researcher. Instead, we’re open to a diverse array of past experiences. And with this internship, we are particularly interested in stepping outside of the traditional routes to a design research role. As long as you’ve had experience connecting with people deeply, surfacing crisp insights, and creating action plans and strategies based on your learnings, we would love you to apply.
Great design connects deeply to human needs, and design researchers craft the expedition to uncover them. Design Researchers lead clients and teams through a journey of human-centered research and inspiration to discover, interpret, and communicate insights and opportunities in an inspiring way. They bring to life the voice of the people we’re designing for.
IDEO is a place unlike any other. It’s a place where you can solve diverse, complex challenges for our clients, 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.
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.
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.